What Farmers Are Paid For Their Milk

Chuck Zimmerman

Ben & Jerry's“Payment systems for ex-farm milk” is the name of the latest publication from the International Dairy Federation. They say it contains the results of their latest survey of what farmers are paid for their milk in 29 countries.

Differences from country to country – climate, market structure, and role of government, export orientation – mean that the aims of the payment systems also differ. Frequency and method of payment, how the actual price paid is determined, what markets are served, what premiums are paid, and how cost factors such as cooling and transportation are dealt with this new IDF publication.

You can view an abstract of the publication here.

Dairy Group, International

Ben & Jerry's Milk Shakes From Pepsi

Chuck Zimmerman

Ben & Jerry'sMore on ice cream. This time it’s shakes. A recent AP story says that PepsiCo Inc. plans to launch a new line of dairy drinks from the premium ice cream maker later this year. The drink deal with Pepsi will be Ben & Jerry’s first licensing agreement, said Elizabeth McDonough, Ben & Jerry’s associate new product manager. The milk shakes will be refrigerated, not frozen, and bottled in 8-ounce glass containers.”

The story says to look for them this summer in 3 initial flavors.

Ice Cream, Industry News

MooBella Ice Cream Now!

Chuck Zimmerman

MooBellaMy favorite dessert is ice cream. I want to see these next to every soda machine in the country! MooBella machines. Freshly made ice cream when and where I want it. Even mixed with the toppings I want like cookies’n’cream and walnuts.

Simply stated, MooBella is where taste meets technology. The MooBella team has created a multi-patented, fully automated ice cream process that will change ice cream forever! Fresh ice cream, on the spot, made to order. Smooth texture, fresh flavors, great mix-ins. MooBella blends taste with technology to create an amazing ice cream experience for ice cream lovers with the very highest standards.

They have 12 flavors and 5 mix-ins. Want to know more about it? Here’s a little video on the product: MooBella Testimonials (5:14 wmv file, 20.4 MB)

Ice Cream, Video

Outstanding Junior Youth Exhibitor

Chuck Zimmerman

Mitchell Here’s more youth news from the Holstein Association. Matthew Mitchell, LaFollette, Tenn., has been named the 2005 Overall Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award winner by the Holstein Association USA, Inc. Mitchell is the second Junior to win this prestigious honor, competing with five others for the title. The semi-finalists included: Greta Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich.; Rebekah Mast, Denair, Calif.; Crystal McNett, Belmont, Wis.; Esther Rupp, Seville, Ohio; and Andy Thomas, Lewisburg, Ohio.
The Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award was given to deserving applicants at each of the six 2005 National Junior Holstein Shows. Each winner was selected based on sportsmanship, herdsmanship and level of participation in Holstein Activities and awarded $100. The six show winners were invited to apply for the Overall Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award, a $500 scholarship.

General, Holstein Association

Mandy in the Dairy Bowl

Chuck Zimmerman

Clayton Wood Holstein Association Junior member Clayton Wood of Littlestown, PA has donated his Registered Holstein Mandy to benefit the Holstein Foundation. Mandy will be auctioned on February 18 at the Pennsylvania State Holstein Convention in York, Pa. According to a Holstein Association release, the spring yearling heifer, Penn-Gate Lucifer Mandy F 136186577, 100% RHA-NA, was born March 2005 and hails from the heart of the Penn-Gate “Finesse” cow family. Mandy’s sire is Lylehaven Lucifer from the acclaimed “Laura” cow family and her dam is a 2E-93 Mandel.
Anyone can support this effort by becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Dairy Bowl Syndicate. Simply purchase a share of “Mandy F” at $100 per share. Shares can be purchased at the Pennsylvania Adult & Junior Holstein Conventions, or by calling Ken Raney, Pennsylvania’s Executive Director, at 814-880-2723. The syndicate will compile shares to purchase “Mandy F”. The heifer will then be re-donated and sold. All syndicate share proceeds and sale revenue will benefit the Holstein Foundation’s most popular youth program, Dairy Bowl.

General, Holstein Association

Australian Grand Champions

Chuck Zimmerman

Aussie Champs They are the “king and cream” of dairy in Australia. King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie and Bulla Double Thick Cream were recognized this week as the Grand Champions of Australia’s dairy industry awards, according to a release from Dairy Australia. Dairy Australia marketing chief Richard Lange said two Grand Champions were chosen from over 350 entries. “There were 18 champion classes and these two were the best of the best of those,” he said.
The products will now be entitled to display the prestigious gold medal on their packaging. Individual class winners will display a silver medal. The Australian Grand Dairy Awards are now in their seventh year. “They recognise excellence in dairy products and they have become a ‘hallmark’ for quality and innovation,” Lange said.


NW Dairy Farmers Turning Organic

Chuck Zimmerman

NW DairyOrganic dairy production is booming in Washington state, as it is in many areas. According to an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Washington Department of Agriculture received a record 20 applications for organic certification, with a similar number expected this year. We hear a lot from small processors who are looking for sources of organic milk locally,” said Katherine Whithey, organic dairy specialist for the state Department of Agriculture.
“That’s what’s happening now. These types of products are making it into the mainstream market” and are no longer just in “little hippie food stores” anymore, she said.
National sales of organic milk in 2005 jumped 24 percent in volume and 27 percent in value, to $499 million, according to figures released by Schaumburg, Ill.-based ACNielsen North America.

Most of the organic milk sold in Washington is produced by farmers who belong to the Northwest Dairy Association.

Dairy Business

Mostly Negative Reactions to Bush Budget

Chuck Zimmerman

Lots of negative reacts in the news to the Bush administration’s proposed FY’07 budget that includes cuts in dairy support programs and a tax on milk production.

This widely-syndicated Associated Press article, for example, reported quotes from industry and congressional representatives about the plan.
“They’re coming at producers’ income at three different ways,” said Chris Galen, a spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation. “None of these alone is good news, and the package together is really going to be a problem. At first blush, it will set off some alarm bells.”
“This budget undercuts the dairy safety net and places a tax on our dairy farmers,” said Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican who sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

A story in the Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle reports that lawmakers from dairy states vowed to fight the proposed tax, saying it would hurt small dairy farms such as those in upstate New York. Many of those farmers rely on a federal subsidy to survive when prices plummet.

In Ohio, the Dayton Daily News talked with local dairy producers who are upset over the proposals. “Time to call my congressman,” said Doug Krickenbarger, 45, another Preble County dairy farmer who milks 76 cows with his wife, Lisa, and son, Luke, in Lanier Twp. Krickenbarger figured the 3-cent assessment would cost the owner of a small dairy milking 40 to 50 cows $300 a year. “That’s a lot of money,” said Krickenbarger, who said his most recent milk check paid about $14 per hundredweight, barely enough to cover his expenses. “That’s insane. I can’t see that ever happening.”

In Vermont, the Burlington Free Press reports that the state’s congressional delegation will fight the proposed 3-cent-per-hundredweight tax. “While pressing for even more tax cuts to the wealthy, the president in his budget proposes a brand new tax increase on America’s dairy farmers,” said a joint statement by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., and Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “This is a morally bankrupt plan to tax hardworking dairy farmers who are already suffering from escalating fuel costs and declining prices for their milk,” the statement said. “The administration’s proposal to pay for more tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of family dairy farmers is dead on arrival with us, and we will do all we can to make sure that Congress does not approve it.”

Meanwhile, the International Dairy Foods Association sent out a press release yesterday commending the President for his “pro-growth focus” in the budget. “We applaud the president’s leadership in calling for more restrained spending on dairy subsidy programs while managing for better results, investing in efforts to safeguard America’s food supply and providing full funding for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which serves the nutritional requirements of our neediest citizens,” said IDFA Senior Vice President Chip Kunde. “The president’s budget fine-tunes dairy programs by simply making the current dairy safety net scheme more fiscally responsible,” concluded Kunde.


Dairy Farmers Take Budget Hit

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA Mike Johanns
The administration’s FY’07 budget proposal for USDA revealed at a press conference today by Ag Secretary Mike Johanns includes reductions in two dairy price support programs and a new tax on dairy production.
The $93 billion budget is $3 billion less than ’06, as Johanns cited the need for agriculture to do it’s part to reduce the deficit.

Dairy farmers will take a hit in the form of:
1. A five percent cut in all commodity program payments, including the Milk Income Loss Compensation program;
2. A change in the way USDA sets dairy price supports to minimize payments to farmers;
3. A new three cents per hundredweight dairy assessment to be paid by producers.

During the press conference, Johanns was asked by one reporter basically how he can justify making producers pay directly for deficit reduction. Johanns answer was, “We’ve got to deal with the deficit. And again, it is never an easy thing.” (listen to the complete Q&A regarding the dairy assessment)

Needless to say, dairy industry representatives and supporters are concerned about the budget proposal and plan to study it closely.

Here’s a link to all the info about USDA’s budget proposal.


Learn About the Callicrate Bander

Chuck Zimmerman

Mike Callicrate Here is another interview with Mike Callicrate, owner of No-Bull Enterprises, this time talking about the Callicrate Bander which he developed. If you don’t know about the Callicrate Bander and it’s benefits, you should definitely take a few minutes to listen to Mike talk about why they developed it and how it has gone far beyond castration.
The interview with Mike is about 7 minutes long. You can listen to it here: Callicrate Bander Interview (3.27MB MP3 File)

Audio, Callicrate Bander, Education