Smith To Become New DFA CEO

Chuck Zimmerman

Rick SmithDFA will have a new CEO starting January 1. He’s Rick Smith and he will succeed retiring chief executive Gary Hanman.

Smith, who currently serves as DFA’s president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of CEO on January 1, 2006. “We are delighted to have a proven dairy leader like Rick Smith to take DFA into the future,” said Tom Camerlo, chairman of DFA’s board of directors and a dairy farmer from Florence, Colo. “He understands the dairy industry, the DFA organization and, most importantly, the priorities of the dairy farmer members whom he serves.”

Smith entered the dairy industry in 1982 when he joined Dairylea Cooperative, Inc. (Dairylea) as vice president and general counsel. In 1988, he became CEO of Dairylea, the Northeast’s leading agricultural service and milk marketing organization with 5.5 billion pounds of milk marketed annually for 2,500 dairy farmer-members.

You can hear what DFA Board Chairman Tom Camerlo has to say about Rick here.

Industry News

Watch & Listen To WTO Talks Via Webcasts

Chuck Zimmerman

WTO Hong Kong MinisterialIn case you’re really interested in what’s going on at the WTO talks in Hong Kong they are recording and webcasting many of the public sessions like news conferences and statements. They’re offering them live and archived in video and audio format.

Just go to the WTO Webcasting Page and you’ll find listings of the available audio/video files that they stream from their web server so they play very quickly.

I didn’t see any specifics on dairy in there yet but keep an eye on them and I’m sure we’ll hear about it.

International

DFA Chairman Speaks From WTO In Hong Kong

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy Farmers of AmericaI knew we’d get some information from Hong Kong and the WTO Ministerial talks that would be about dairy. We get this from Dairy Farmers of America.

The much publicized meeting of all World Trade Organization ministers gets underway December 13th in Hong Kong. And the interests of U.S. dairymen will be well represented there by Tom Camerlo – Chairman of Dairy Farmers of America and a Dairyman from Florence, Colorado.

In fact you can listen to Tom right here. He’s speaking from a press conference in Hong Kong held by the AgTrade Coalition.

Industry News

Cattle Identification Database Offered

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattle Identification DatabaseNational animal ID is all the news these days and new systems and strategies are announced all the time. Now Holstein Association USA is offering the Cattle Identification Database which they say is the “the first database to identify and track cross-bred animals, is now available for dairy producers to record, monitor and identify cross-bred animals.”

Animals are entered into the CID database using reported breed composition and ear tags. For $5.00 per animal, CID customers will receive management data including all identification, parentage and performance information, such as available 305-day lactation records, classification scores and indexes. All animals enrolled in CID must be identified using Holstein Tag ID. Transfers of ownership will be recorded at no charge. Offspring of CID animals that would qualify as 87%RHA (Registered Holstein Ancestry) are eligible for registration at Holstein Association USA.

For more information or to request CID applications, call 800-952-5200.

Holstein Association

Triplets Got Milk & Oreos

Chuck Zimmerman

Oreos Got MilkIf you love Oreos and milk you’ll love the new Got Milk tv commercial called “Triplets.” The California Milk Processor Board has teamed up with Oreos once again for a new campaign.

First came a marriage made in snacking heaven. Now they’re having Triplets – literally. For the third time in nearly 10 years, Oreo® and milk have come out publicly with a new commercial collaboration. This time it’s a 30-second TV spot entitled Triplets. The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) is teaming up once again with Kraft Foods for the latest GOT MILK? – Oreo ad. For Triplets, Kraft’s Nabisco® division has agreed to let the CMPB tag their commercial with the GOT MILK? trademark.

Launching December 26, 2005 and airing throughout January 2006, this is the second time the CMPB has re-tagged a partner ad. “Oreo cookies and milk are a delicious combination. And the advertising synergy is just as sweet,” says Steve James, CMPB Chairman. “Nabisco has produced a wonderful milk spot.”

Here’s the storyline:

Triplets opens up on three identical young “ballerinas” seated at the kitchen table. One of the triplets serves milk in tall narrow glasses for herself and her sisters and they prepare to dunk their Oreo cookies in unison. When the Oreo cookies won’t reach the small amount of milk in the bottom of each tall glass, the adorable triplets decide working together is the only way to go. So they combine their milk into one glass and easily dunk their cookies as they savor their triumph. The ad closes not with the original Oreo tagline, but with the now-universal question, “Got Milk?”

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Milk Orders Final Decision Announced By USDA

Chuck Zimmerman

USDAUSDA has announced a final decision to amend the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas Milk Orders.

he U. S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final decision that adopts amendments to the current provisions of the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders. This decision is based on testimony and evidence given at a public hearing held at Tempe, Ariz., beginning on Sept. 23, 2003; reconvened and continuing at Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 17, 2003, and reconvened and concluding at Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 23, 2004. The decision establishes a three million pound per month route disposition limit, which if exceeded, would subject a producer-handler to the pooling and pricing provisions of the Pacific Northwest and the Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders.

The final decision will be published in the Dec. 9 Federal Register. USDA will conduct a vote to determine producer approval. If producers approve the order as amended by the final decision, a final rule will follow to implement the changes.

For additional information about the decision contact:

James R. Daughtery, Market Administrator USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs 1930-220th Street, S.E., Suite 102 Bothell, Washington 98021-8471 Tel. (425) 487-6009.

Government

Holstein Association Regional Meeting Schedule

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein Association USAIt’s regional meeting time for the Holstein Association USA. They just announced the schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005: 8:00a.m – 11:00 a.m.
Salem, Oregon
Already held

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006: 8:00a.m – 11:00 a.m.
Alexandria Bay, New York
Riveredge Resort (Region 1)

Friday, Jan. 27, 2006: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Holiday Inn (Region 4)

Friday, Jan. 27, 2006: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Luis Obispo, California
Embassy Suites Hotel (Region 9)

Friday, Feb. 17, 2006: 7:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m.
York, Pennsylvania
York Holiday Inn (Region 2)

Friday, Feb. 17, 2006: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita Airport Hilton (Region 7)

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006: 6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Olympia Resort & Conference Center (Region 5)

Saturday, Mar. 4, 2006: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Owatonna, Minnesota
Comfort Inn (Region 6)

Friday, Mar. 10, 2006: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
New Philadelphia, Ohio
McDonald Marlite Conference Ctr. (Region 3)

For more information on the meetings visit their website.

Holstein Association

Purdue Researchers Explain How Dairy Helps Burn Fat

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy CheckoffThere’s more good news for dieters who like their dairy products according to the National Dairy Council.

A new clinical trial, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers at Purdue University, found that women burned more fat and more calories after a meal when their diets included 3-4 servings of dairy daily. “From the results of this study, we put together a rough calculation based on the increased fat burned from a meal that suggests a high dairy diet followed over a year could potentially result in the loss of 10 pounds of fat a year,” commented Dorothy Teegarden, Ph.D., lead investigator and professor of nutrition at Purdue University.

That’s a big wow! You can also find a story on this new study here.

Industry News

DMI Leader Speaks Out On Sales

Chuck Zimmerman

Dairy Management IncDairy Management, Inc. is gearing up to work on consumer sales according to the latest news out of their annual meeting in San Francisco. As the headline says, ““It’s not enough to build demand. Producers demand that we build sales.”

Dairy promotion’s 2006 industry vision will help U.S. dairy producers grow their businesses by working to convert milk into products consumers really want, said Tom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff program. Gallagher spoke with more than 1,000 dairy producers and other industry representatives attending the 2005 National Dairy Board/United Dairy Industry Association/National Milk Producers Federation Joint Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Much of today’s dairy industry is production-driven, as opposed to consumer-driven, and thereby ignores unmet demand, Gallagher said. Total growth of dairy in traditional forms – such as white milk in gallons, American-style cheeses sold domestically, and mozzarella – will grow only slightly over the long haul.

“This depicts current dairy sales in a production-driven industry. The problem is, this approach ignores POTENTIAL sales,” Gallagher said, adding that the industry must define the market by what consumers want.

If you want more information about the meeting and the dairy checkoff visit Dairy Checkoff Works.

Industry News

SWCMA Scholarship Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

Heads up all you aspiring cheese makers out there. It’s time to consider applying for the 4th Annual Young Dairy Producer Educational Scholarship.

The Southwestern Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (SWCMA) is announcing their 4th Annual Young Dairy Producer Educational Scholarship, an individual scholarship to allow a young dairy producer to pursue dairy (milk) production educational opportunities. This year’s scholarship amount has been increased to $2,000.00 to further encourage young dairy producers to continue in the dairy industry, and help maintain the supply of milk to area cheese plants. All students whose Wisconsin-based dairy farm markets their milk to any SWCMA member plant* [see member list included on the application form] is eligible to apply. Family members or farm employee family members are both eligible to apply for this scholarship.

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