Producers Can Participate In Beef Board Meeting Online

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattlemen's Beef BoardWhen the Cattlemen’s Beef Board was looking into ways to better communicate with producers about the activities of the next week’s Cattle Industry Convention, especially their committee meetings, they turned to blogging and asked us to create and manage the site. There’s still some final pre-conference posting that will be done over the next couple days but the site is open and ready for activity. At the event next week, I’ll be blogging the CBB activities on Beef Board One of the great things about this idea is that not only will information flow out to interested producers but each post and page of information has the comment feature enabled to allow them to provide their feedback. I have no doubt we’ll get some.

(Holts Summit, MO January 26, 2006 – Cattle producers who are unable to attend this year’s Cattle Industry Convention February 1-4 in Denver can still stay informed and take an active role in decisions that are made through the Beef Board ( web log, according to Cattlemen’s Beef Board Vice Chairman Jay O’Brien of Amarillo, Texas.

“We’re trying to get information out to the producers to let them know exactly what’s going on at the convention and even allow them to have input back in to the committees, so that all of the people who pay the checkoff will be part of the process.”

The web log will feature postings throughout the convention following the various committee meetings to inform producers about discussions that are taking place and decisions that are made on how their beef checkoff dollars will be spent. O’Brien says the Beef Board wants all producers to have the opportunity to participate in decision-making at the national level.

“We have 108 producer members of the Beef Board who serve on the committees, who work hard to decide the best way to spend the checkoff dollars. But, of course, we have a lot more producers out there then those 108. We want every producer to be informed about what is going on and to be able to have input as to where the checkoff dollars are spent.” (Full Release)

Audio, Industry News

Accelerated Genetics Announces YP Committee Members

Chuck Zimmerman

Accelerated GeneticsAccelerated Genetics announces some results of their 2005 Young Producer Fall Conference. Elections were held for the Young Producer Committee and re-elected producers were Brian Castleberg, Mondovi, WI and Jeff and Tammy Styczynski, Pulaski, WI. Newly elected to serve on the committee was David & Kelly Oberreich, Plymouth, WI.

The Young Producer Committee helps organize and coordinate the program’s yearly activities. Individuals and couples throughout Accelerated Genetics’ membership area (MN, WI, IA, IL) make up the committee. This dynamic group encourages young producer involvement, plans annual events and provides leadership to facilitate a prosperous program. Committee members can serve two, three-year terms.

Committee Members:
Brian Castleberg ~ Mondovi, WI
Jeff & Marie Ditzenberger ~ Monticello, WI
Mark Keller ~ Mt. Horeb, WI
David & Kelly Oberreich, Plymouth, WI
Joe & Donna Parrell ~ Cross Plains, WI
Jaramie & Lisa Rieck ~ Mondovi, WI
Blair & Kathy Sawall ~ Clintonville, WI
Jeff & Tammy Styczynski ~ Pulaski, WI

Mission Statement:
Accelerated Genetics’ Young Producer Program is designed to help producers develop friendships, build leadership qualities and strengthen communication skills through an educational, supportive network in a fun environment.

Agribusiness, Education

WDPA Donation To PDPW

Chuck Zimmerman

WDPA Donation to PDPWThe Wisconsin Dairy Products Association has made several donations with the net proceeds of its 2005 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest and Auction.

A $2,000 donation was made to the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s “I Believe” campaign, which was created to raise funds for PDPW’s Education Foundation.

According to WDPA Executive Director Brad Legreid, “This donation represents the support our processor members have for the dairy producers of this state. During the past 12 years, WDPA has devoted a portion of its annual conventions to producer issues and have heard presentations from various PDPW members. This donation acknowledges our past interaction with PDPW and our future support of their Education Foundation.” The PDPW Education Foundation was formed to provide education on key issues impacting the dairy industry, including youth and leadership development, environmental stewardship and biosecurity/food safety.

Pictured are PDPW Executive Director Shelly Mayer and WDPA Executive Director Brad Legreid.

In addition to this financial contribution, Wisconsin Dairy Products Assn. also made product donations to the Ronald McDonald House, Second Harvest Food Bank, MATC Culinary Arts School and the UW Food Science Dept.

Dairy Group, Education

Hope You Like What You're Reading

Chuck Zimmerman

As we’ve been developing World Dairy Diary the news and story ideas are rolling in. In fact, I’ve got a number more to post but running out of time this evening. I hope you like the news and information we’re bringing you. We’re always interested in feedback so don’t hesitate to post comments or offer suggestions.

Blogging is a new communications mechanism in the agricultural world and we’ve been at it for over a year now. Just in the last 2 months we’ve created blog sites for 6 different ag groups or companies. If you want to learn more about it please feel free to contact me.

Lot’s more to come!


2005 Wisconsin Dairy Statistics Record High

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Ag StatisticsAccording to an announcement from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, looking at the latest information from the Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service, last year was a good year for the dairy industry.

Wisconsin’s dairy business recorded a record year on many fronts in 2005. Preliminary estimates show Wisconsin’s milk production grew to the 22.8 billion pound level. For the first time in seven years, Wisconsin’s milk production growth rate surpassed that of California. According to the USDA, Wisconsin marked a 3.5% increase, compared with California’s 3.0%. This substantial increase of 779 million pounds is the highest increase for Wisconsin in 20 years.

What’s more, Wisconsin ended 2005 with 3,000 more cows than were recorded in December 2004. Cow numbers in Wisconsin came in at 1.239 million head. According to the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service, it has been 16 years since Wisconsin ended the year with more cows than the previous year.

Dairy Group, Government

New CFO At Alto Dairy

Chuck Zimmerman

Greg PolleschAlto Dairy announces a new CFO. His name is Greg Pollesch and this is his first week on the job.

Pollesch brings with him a 25 year track record of finance leadership in manufacturing the last three of those in agriculture. He will be leaving his position as Corporate Controller of Utica Energy, LLC in Oshkosh, Wis. As Alto Dairy’s new CFO, he will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining all financial systems, providing analysis and recommendations on business opportunities and process improvements as well as play an integral part of the strategic planning for the cooperative.

Dairy Business

New Board Member For Accelerated Genetics

Chuck Zimmerman

Accelerated GeneticsOne of our sponsors, Accelerated Genetics just named a new member to their board. She’s Carol Anderson of Whitehall, WI. Carol represents District 4.

Re-elected to serve another 3-year term was Brian Brown of Belleville, WI representing District 8 and Allen Abraham of Darlington, WI representing District 7. The other members of the 2005-06 Board include: Dave Score ~ District 1, Dan Weisenbeck ~ District 2, Gary Eibergen ~ District 3, John McClelland, Jr. ~ District 5, Dennis Bell ~ District 6, Pete Kirchner ~ District 9, and Doug Thesing ~ District 10.

Every year the board votes on the new officer positions held within the board. This year the officers include: Chair of the Board – Dan Weisenbeck, First Vice Chair – Brian Brown, Second Vice Chair – Doug Thesing, and Secretary/Treasurer – John McClelland, Jr.

Accelerated Genetics, Agribusiness

Yogurt Toothpaste Anyone

Chuck Zimmerman

Have you ever considered brushing your teeth with yogurt? Me either. But you can. With some fairly expensive toothpaste from Breath Palette. Try the Smoothie Toothpaste Kit which comes in these flavors: Fresh Yogurt, Monkey Banana, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberry, Blueberry

They were featured in a story in today’s USA Today – “Yogurt cultivating unprecedented popularity.” The story also points to a bunch of other products containing yogurt from cereals to makeup.

Me, I think I’ll stick to some more traditional uses of yogurt for now. Besides, my wife would think it weird if I started using yogurt makeup.

Agribusiness, Industry News

NMPF Formally Supports FDA UF Milk Proposal

Chuck Zimmerman

National Milk Producers FederationLast week the National Milk Producers Federation came out formally in support of a proposal by the FDA to “allow for the use of liquid ultrafiltered milk in the manufacture of standardized cheeses and cheese products.” According to their latest newsletter:

The use of UF milk has become more commonplace in the dairy sector, and the FDA has been considering for more than five years how best to update cheese production standards to reflect industry practices.

The approach endorsed by NMPF would only allow for liquid UF milk to be permitted in standardized cheeses, not dry forms of milk protein concentrates. NMPF did oppose the part of the FDA proposal which would require that cheeses made with UF milk filtered off of a cheese processing site be labeled as containing that ingredient, while cheeses made with UF milk filtered on-site not have to be labeled. Such a distinction is “not justified by established FDA precedent, provides no benefit to consumers, is impracticable to implement,’ NMPF wrote.

A full copy of NMPF’s comments, which was filed jointly with the International Dairy Foods Association, is available here.

Cheese, Dairy Group, Government, Milk