Holstein Foundation Online Art Sale

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein FoundationNow’s the time to get your dairy holiday shopping done online and help out a good cause. It’s the first ever Holstein Foundation online Art Sale!

The high-quality paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, all relating to dairy cattle make the perfect holiday gifts! All proceeds from the Holstein Foundation Art Sale benefit Foundation programs. The Foundation will accept bids on these special art pieces until December 1, 2005. Make sure your bid is the last one!

Holstein Association

iDAIRY Up And Running

Chuck Zimmerman

iDairyNational animal ID is heating up as various systems and government certification programs are starting to be implemented. In the dairy business there’s a new coalition of groups working together to create a system. One of those is iDAIRY of which Holstein Association USA is a founder.

Holstein Association USA, Inc. is a founding member of IDairy, the new coalition of six leading dairy industry organizations working to facilitate a national animal ID system.

“The Holstein Association believes there is an urgent need for a mandatory national animal ID system in the United States to allow the government to respond quickly and effectively to an animal health emergency,” said John M. Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Holstein Association USA, Inc.

Announced Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the World Dairy Expo, IDairy unveiled a three phase approach to secure the dairy industry’s role in the national animal ID system. The first phase is for all dairy and livestock producers to register their premises; the next step is for each animal to be identified and the final phase is the transfer of data from individual systems to a national database. The IDairy group hopes to have all dairy cows identified prior to the 2009 goal set by USDA.

Dairy and livestock producers can visit the newly launched IDairy website: www.idairy.org to complete the first phase of the coalition’s plan: registering all agricultural premises. The IDairy website is the industry’s source for the most up-to-date information about national animal ID and the founding organizations: Holstein Association USA, Inc., American Jersey Cattle Association, National Association for Animal Breeders, National Dairy Herd Improvement Association, National Milk Producers Federation and Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association.

Holstein Association, Industry News

Nonfat Dry Milk Donation By USDA

Chuck Zimmerman

USDAUSDA is using nonfat dry milk to help those in need. This announcement was just made at the end of last week.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that USDA will donate an additional 25 million pounds of nonfat dry milk (NDM) to help care for the needy throughout the U.S., including those affected by the 2005 hurricanes.

“This initiative builds on the president’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and promotes USDA’s efforts to meet nutritional requirements of individuals in need,” said Johanns. “Distribution of nonfat dry milk and its products to faith-based and community organizations is just one of many avenues through which USDA supports those in need.”

Nonfat dry milk can be used in manufacturing dairy products such as ready-to-eat pudding, ready-to-eat milk-based soups, nutritional bars and ultra-high temperature shelf-stable milk. The faith-based and community organizations exchange USDA’s nonfat dry milk for such manufactured products for distribution within the 48 contiguous states.

Johanns made the donation possible by extending the current deadlines under the National Nonprofit Humanitarian Initiative (NNHI) through December 31, 2005.

The following nonprofit organizations have participated in the FY 2005 NNHI.

America’s Second Harvest
Believer’s Sanctuary
California Emergency Foodlink
Calvary Baptist Church
Cascade Blue Mountain Food Share
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc.
City Team Ministries
Convoy of Hope
Cooperative Care Center
Farm Share, Inc.
Feed the Children, Inc.
Feed the Hungry
Goodness Outreach Depot
Harvesting International Ministry Center, Inc.
Heartland Family Services
His Hands Extended
Hope In Action
Hosanna Daycor & H.P.W. Church
Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee, WI
Jeffco Action Center, Inc.
Jerico Faith Center
Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission
Love, Inc.
Midwest Mission Distribution
Newcap, Inc.
Operation Blessing Relief & Development Corp.
Operation Compassion
Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency
Shilo Ministries
Springs Rescue Mission
St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation The Mission, Inc.
The Salvation Army, Long Beach, CA
The Salvation Army, Lancaster, CA
The Salvation Army, Phoenix, AZ
United Christian Ministries, Inc.
Westside Food Bank
With Love From Jesus Ministries, Inc.
Word of Faith

Government, Industry News, Milk

Interview With Publisher Of Dairy Directory

Chuck Zimmerman

Southwest Plains Dairy DirectoryI’ve written before about the Southwest Plains Dairy Directory here on World Dairy Diary. I just got to interview the CEO of McCormick Company, the advertising agency that created the directory which was on display and available at World Diary Expo. I thought it was very interesting that an advertising agency did a project like this. The printed directory is also available in an online, searchable database.

The interview I did with Kathy Cornett was used for a regular weekly program I do on our sister website, AgWired. It’s called the ZimmCast. You can listen to this week’s ZimmCast here: Download MP3 File (5MB MP3 File)

Exhibitor, Industry News

Linux Powered Robotic Milker From DeLaval

Chuck Zimmerman

DeLavalIt has been interesting to see some consumer-oriented websites do a story about the computerized robotic milking machine from DeLaval (their Voluntary Milking System).

One story was on Engadget today called “Cow Milking Robots,” and it linked to the page on the DeLaval website where you can see video of the machine in action.

Another story about it appeared on LinuxDevices.com since the computer software to run the machine uses, Linux.

Industry News, Milk

New Got Milk Ads Rile Major League Baseball

Chuck Zimmerman

New Got Milk AdsMajor League Baseball may not be very happy about the new Got Milk tv ads but I say, “Get a life.” They’re funny and created by the California Milk Processor Board.

It’s a series of ads that look like a breaking news story about players “pouring” a performance enhancing product. I think it’s very well done. It’s all in fun says the agency. “Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Co-Founder Jeff Goodby whose agency created the campaign says Brosnan needs to get a sense of humor, “It’s just milk. Believe me, we know parody is based on a serious topic. So we wanted to make sure that it was goofy enough so that people didn’t get upset.”

They apparently did as this statement by MLB’s Brosnan shows. “There is nothing humorous about steroid abuse. I would think that the California Milk Processor Board and their advertising agency would know better regarding an issue that threatens America’s youth.”

Industry News, Milk

Ken Is Top Alto Rep This Year

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy RepsLet’s give Ken a big round of applause. Yaaaay! It sounds like this guy does some travelling. Pictured are: Alto field representatives from left to right: Don DeMotts, Jeff Montsma, Mike Mountain, Jeff Briese, Ken Beutler, Matt Hartwig and Alan Philibeck.

Alto Dairy Cooperative field representative Ken Beutler was named the 2005 Field Rep of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Dairy Plant Field Reps at their annual convention in September.

Since he began working with Alto in 1981, Beutler has called on dairy producers in over 15 counties. Prior to working for Alto Dairy, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at a fish hatchery near his home in Westfield.

Industry News

Will Wilma Affect South Florida Dairies?

Chuck Zimmerman

Photo Courtesy The Weather ChannelEveryone else in the media seems fixated on Hurricane Wilma, why not us? There are already stories being done by the weather speculators about how the hurricane that no one yet knows where it will land, might affect the dairy industry in south Florida. Of course they speculate about the vegetable and citrus industries too.

We’ll keep an eye on it as well and pass along any dairy related hurricane effect, if any.

The photo is courtesy of The Weather Channel and is today’s location.

Industry News