Cornucopia Institute Releases Study on Organic Milk

Chuck Zimmerman

Cornucopia StudyI was not familiar with the Cornucopia Institute until today when they announced a new study titled, “Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk.” I visited their website and was quite happy to see that they’re blogging. They even use the same software as World Dairy Diary. So here’s what their new study is all about:

A smoldering five-year debate in the organic community had gasoline thrown on it when one of the country’s preeminent organic watchdogs released a report this week alleging a handful of leading marketers are shortchanging organic consumers.

The report and scorecard, rating 68 different organic dairy name-brands and private-labels, was produced by The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group. It profiles the growth and commercialization of organic dairying and looks at the handful of firms that now seem intent upon taking over the organic dairy industry by producing all or some of their milk on 2000- to 6000-cow industrial-style confinement dairies.

“Consumers who pay premium prices for organic products do so believing that they are produced with a different kind of environmental ethic, a different kind of animal husbandry ethic, and social justice for family farmers,” said Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst for the Institute and the report’s primary author. “Our report, Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk, and the accompanying dairy brands scorecard will empower consumers and wholesale buyers who want to invest their food dollars to protect hard-working family farmers who are in danger of being washed off the land by a tidal wave of organic milk from these factory mega-farms.”

You can find the report here.

Education, Industry News

Get Your Omega 3-s

Chuck Zimmerman

Omega FarmsWe’ve heard a lot about Omega 3-s and now there’s a milk line from Omega Farms with the healthy stuff. The information gets pretty complicated but you’ll get the point.

Omega Farms has launched the first full line of dairy products with all-natural Omega-3’s, the fatty acids vital to good health and well-being. Now consumers can easily and conveniently obtain two of the most beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids–EPA and DHA–while receiving the nutritional and heart health benefits of high-quality dairy products, including calcium, protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

Omega Farms’ all natural, delicious and nutritious line of products includes Milk with EPA and DHA Omega-3’s, Cheese with EPA and DHA Omega-3’s, Yogurt with EPA and DHA Omega-3’s and Orange Juice with EPA and DHA Omega-3’s.

Dairy Business, Milk

Patz Launches Truck Mounted Twin Screw Mixer

Andy Vance

Patz logo

Patz has unveiled the Model 2400 Truck Mounted Twin Screw Vertical Mixer, the first of its kind fully assembled at Patz. The Model 2400 (950 c. ft.) Truck Mounted Vertical Twin Screw Mixer has a variable speed hydraulic motor that automatically slows the mixing screws down as the load is added to the mixer, helping maintain optimal engine horsepower. It has a mixing capacity of 23,750 pounds.

Company president, Darrell Patz, says this has been the company’s third product launch and the fifth new product produced by the company in the past 17 months.

To learn more about the mixer you can contact Patz Sales, Inc. at (920) 897-2251

Agribusiness, Dairy Business, General, Industry News

Classic iPod Keepsake Winner Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland Welcome to National Agriculture Day on World Dairy Diary. Thank you farmers for providing us with the most abundant and safe food supply in the world. This is the day for the announcement of the winner of the New Holland “Down on the Farm” Classic iPod Keepsake Contest. Thanks to all the people who entered online or at the New Holland booth at Commodity Classic. The random drawing has taken place and . . .

The winner is Marcus Spotts, a corn/soybean farmer from Nora Springs, IA. Congratulations to Marcus.

I caught Marcus on his mobile phone at lunch time to give him the news. You can listen to a portion of my conversation with him here: Listen To MP3 Telling Marcus He Won (3 min MP3)

I want to thank New Holland and Michael Peterson for working with us on this project. It has been fun and we are looking forward to doing it again soon.

Please keep our video iPod keepsake idea in mind. It makes a great and truly unique giveaway item! Can we create one for you?

Agribusiness, Promotion

Smith Dairy Adds 7 Novelty Treats

Andy Vance

Smith Dairy Logo

Smith Dairy Products announced this week that its novelty frozen treat line will expand by seven tasty concoctions. By the end of March, the company will feature a total of 16 novelties due to rising consumer demand, with new features including Round Top Sundae cones, Variety Pack Cones, Neapolitan Sandwiches, Vanilla Party Slices, Stawberry Eclair Cruch Bars, Orange Pop-ups, and Vanilla Mini-Sandwiches. Ruggles indicated that the novelties are currently the “shining star” of the frozen dessert category. Parents concerned about portion control use the novelties both as an aid in weight management and as a guarantee that children receive identical portions of their favorite treats. Smith Dairy is a family owned processor founded in 1909 and operating across the Eastern cornbelt, producing dairy, beverage, ice cream, and foodservice products.

Dairy Business, Ice Cream

CBB Meeting Affects Dairy Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattlemen's Beef BoardThis past week the Cattlemen’s Beef Board had a meeting in Kansas City of the Promotion Operating Committee. This is the first time the committee has met with new members that were appointed at the winter convention.

I spoke with committee member and dairy producer, Gary Sharp. He explains what the committee was meeting for. You can listen to my interview with Gary here: Listent To MP3 File Gary Sharp Interview (4 min MP3)

Government, Promotion

Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Invite

Chuck Zimmerman

Intercollegiate Dairy ChallengeHere’s your personal invitation to attent an annual event. I’ve never been to Twin Falls but the dates don’t work for me. I hope they do for you. You can find the schedule of events here (Word file) and the program here (pdf file).

You are cordially invited to attend the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. This unique, dairy management contest, which moves around the country, will take place Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2006, in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Now in its fifth year, the Dairy Challenge brings together over 100 student participants from 27 universities located throughout the United States and Canada. It is made possible through the support of agribusinesses, universities and dairymen from coast to coast. Hosts of this year’s contest are the University of Idaho and Washington State University.

Competition, Education

Making Ethanol From Cheese – No Whey!

Chuck Zimmerman

WI Pride Cheese A cheese by-product has the potential to become a new energy source. According to this AP story, researchers and state officials are looking into converting whey into lactose sugar and then making that into ethanol. Whey recycling has been used as a protein supplement in low-carb foods for decades, said Mark Bade, operator of the whey recycling process and waste management facility at Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese in Rudolph. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is hawking the potential for whey sugar to be refined and used in ethanol. “Ethanol is hot,” the department’s Robin Engel said. Engel says they are thinking Wisconsin could have three refineries that would produce between 4 million and 7 million gallons of ethanol a year. The state is investing some $5 million in alternative energy research.


PDHGA Conference Time

Chuck Zimmerman

PDHGAIt’s almost time for the Tenth National Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference taking place in Visalia, Calif. from March 21-24 at the Visalia Convention Center. Apparently it’s not too late to register.

Those individuals who may wish to attend but have not yet registered, may do so at the Conference itself. PDHGA officials will be located at Booth #71. Incentives to attend include hands-on activities and learning opportunities such as 15 different break-out topics including Management Tips for Employees, Marketing Your Operation and Wet Calf Diagnostic Labs. A pre-conference forum entitled “A Proactive Dairy Industry; Perspectives to Include Animal Welfare, Bio-Security, Environmental Management, Animal I.D” will take place on March 21.

Additionally, all membership renewals and new membership applicants will be entered into a drawing for the use of a New Enchanted PasturesHolland Skid Steer. Other opportunities to win will also be available to three runners-up, who will each receive a copy of the “Enchanted Pastures” painting by Bonnie Mohr, commissioned by PDHGA in conjunction with Elanco Animal Health and Vita Plus. More information about the Conference schedule, location and times is located on the association website.

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