Merry Christmas From ZimmComm

Chuck Zimmerman

Staff of ZimmCommZimmComm, Marketing & Communications is the publisher of World Dairy Diary. Our staff wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas.

From l-r are Amy, Cindy, Chuck and CJ the office dog. We promise to bring you a lot of interesting news and information in the coming year. It’s time now to take the weekend off and celebrate why we are so blessed.


IDFA Dairy Facts 2005 Available

Chuck Zimmerman

IDFA Dairy Facts 2005Maybe it’s too late to buy it as a Christmas gift but you can still place your order for the IDFA Dairy Facts 2005.

This comprehensive industry publication provides 150+ pages of key statistics on the sales, consumption and production of milk, cheese, cultured products and ice cream products, including total and per capita trends in sales, consumption and production, imports and exports, wholesale and retail prices, nutrition information, and much more.

Dairy Group, Industry News

Select Sires Gender SELECTed Semen Available

Chuck Zimmerman

Select SiresThere’s some end of the year news from Select Sires.

Dairy producers who have shown interest in using sexed semen can take advantage of superior genetics offered by proven Holstein and Jersey bulls at stud through Select Sires’ gender SELECTed(TM) program.

“Research has consistently proven this patented technology sex-sorts sperm with 90 percent purity. Dairy producers can be confident in the probability of adding heifers to the herd with the gender SELECTed program,” said Mel DeJarnette, Select Sires senior reproduction specialist. “We’re excited to offer this cutting-edge technology to our customers and help them improve profitability by minimizing the number of unwanted bull calf births,” he said.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.

Industry News, Production

Holstein Awards Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

The Lesher FamilyThe Holstein Association and Foundation have been active in making awards this month.

Lolly Lesher, Bernville, Pa. has been named the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Leader of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) by the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The award is presented annually to honor YDLI alumni leadership and contributions to the dairy industry. Other finalists included Paul Heins, Higginsville, Mo. and Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pa.

Lesher and her husband, William, both YDLI Class 2 alumni, own a dairy farm in partnership with William’s parents. The farm includes a family-owned milk processing and retail facility which recently celebrated 35 years of operation.

In other Holstein Association USA announcements:

Holstein Association USA, Inc. announces the 2005 Fall Show Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award winners: Greta Koebel, Matt Mitchell and Esther Rupp. Since 1994, 108 outstanding Juniors have been presented this prestigious award named for Judi Collinsworth, the former Holstein Association Executive Director of Member and Industry Services who passed away in 1993 of cancer. Collinsworth was dedicated to improving and expanding Holstein youth programs and was a driving force behind increasing support for them.

Greta Koebel Greta Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich., receives the Judi Collinsworth Award from Julie Drendel, Junior Advisory Committee member and John M. Meyer, Holstein Association USA, Inc.’s CEO at the International Junior Holstein Show at the World Dairy Expo.

Matt MitchellMatt Mitchell, LaFollette, Tenn., receives the Judi Collinsworth Award from Emily Yeiser, Junior Advisory Committee member at the Premier National Junior Holstein Show at the All-American Dairy Show, Harrisburg, Pa.

Esther Rupp

Esther Rupp, Seville, Ohio, receives the Judi Collinsworth Award from Michele Lahmers, Junior Advisory Committee member and Perry Phend, Official Judge of Junior show at Grand National Junior Holstein Show at the North American International Livestock Expo, Louisville, Ky.

Holstein Association

2006 World Dairy Expo Awards Nominations Sought

Chuck Zimmerman

World Dairy ExpoIt seems like World Dairy Expo just ended and now it’s time to look forward to 2006! Here’s the first step in getting ready for a new show.

Outstanding leaders from across the international dairy industry are being sought for World Dairy Expo’s annual recognition awards. “We’re encouraging people to nominate someone who has demonstrated exceptional leadership,” says general manager, Tom McKittrick. “Recognizing these individuals during World Dairy Expo showcases the leadership present in the dairy industry and adds to the excitement of Expo.”

Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2006 in the four following categories:

l Industry Person of the Year
l Dairyman of the Year
l Dairy Woman of the Year
l International Person of the Year

Individuals will be honored at the Dinner With the Stars during World Dairy Expo, October 3 – 7, 2006, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Nominations are due February 1, 2006. Official applications are available through the World Dairy Expo office by calling 608-224-6455 or via email at

World Dairy Expo

MILC Back On Track

Chuck Zimmerman

Milk Income Loss ContractIt looks like MILC will be extended for another two years after expiring recently. At least legislation authorizing it has passed in the House and now in the Senate. However, it has to go back to the House since the Senate version is different. Then of course it has to get signed. Passage this week would be a nice Christmas present for a lot of dairy farmers around the country.

We’ll try to get more information on the terms of the legislation that’s in the final version which it is hoped will happen still this week. One thing that seems to be decided is that there will be a reduction in the subsidy levels of the program.

Government, Industry News, Milk

IDFA Sees Progress At WTO Ministerial

Chuck Zimmerman

IDFAI was wondering how people in the dairy business would feel about the recent WTO agreement that was signed in Hong Kong this past weekend. Then lo and behold I see an announcement from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

“We are pleased to see that the European Union (EU) and all the WTO membership have finally agreed that agricultural export subsidies should be eliminated, a longstanding goal for U.S. dairy,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior vice president and general counsel. Despite the limited movement on issues in Hong Kong, Hough said that “an ambitious result still remains viable.”

“Our industry will re-double its efforts,” he said. “The upcoming year will be the year these negotiations succeed or fail for the U.S. dairy sector, so it is imperative that we remain deeply engaged as an industry with our government to help determine the best course to advance our objectives. This is the best opportunity we have had in decades to position our industry for unparalleled global market success.”

To emphasize the interest of the U.S. dairy industry in the negotiations, representatives from several IDFA member companies and IDFA staff attended the Hong Kong ministerial. During the conference, the IDFA delegation met with government officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and with congressional staff from the trade and agriculture committees.

The IDFA delegation also talked with U.S. negotiators about the importance of foreign market access for U.S. dairy companies. “We will continue this dialogue in earnest as the U.S. is in the process of finalizing its market access priorities in agriculture,” said Hough.

In another area of interest to IDFA member companies, the conference reached agreement on providing duty-free, quota-free access for all products coming from least developing countries (LDC). Some of the least-developed countries that will benefit are sugar producers. IDFA would like to see additional liberalization of global sugar markets, including the U.S. market, though it remains to be seen if this initiative will further that liberalization.

Do you feel the same way about the recent agreement in Hong Kong? It seems like kind of a mixed bag for American agriculture and left a lot of work still to be done.

Dairy Group, Government, International

Got Milk Hi-Tech Giveaway

Chuck Zimmerman

Holiday Hi-Tech GiveawayIt’s not too late to enter this contest from the “Got Milk” people. It’s their Got Milk, Hi-Tech Giveaway. Each week this month they’re giving away a different product. This week it’s a Sony PSP.

The promotion really caught my eye since an Apple iPod is one of the items they’re giving away. One of the features we’re planning to start here on WorldDairyDiary is a weekly podcast in 2006. We’re planning on an interview format with a different representative of the dairy industry each week. Keep your eye on WorldDairyDiary for more information about it.

In the meantime I hope you win an iPod or get one for Christmas!


American Cancer Society Study On Dairy & Breast Cancer

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s some good news about the role that dairy plays in the prevention of breast cancer. This comes from the American Cancer Society.

A new American Cancer Society study finds low fat dairy products may reduce the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, supporting the hypothesis that dietary calcium and/or some other components in dairy products may reduce the risk of the disease. The study found women who consumed two or more servings of dairy products per day had up to 20 percent lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer compared to women with the lowest consumption of dairy products. The association was slightly stronger among women with estrogen-receptor positive tumors, the most common type.

The study is published in this month’s issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Article: “Dairy, Calcium and Vitamin D intake and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort,” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention 14 (12): 2898-2904.

You can also find the story on WebMD.

Industry News