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  1. 1. March April 2020 • KDDC • Page 1 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk MattersM a r c h - A p r i l w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g KENTUCKY Supported by COVID-19 and Dairy Cattle page 6-7 2019 KDDCAwards page 10-11 Adjust Your Feeding Strategy page 16 continued on page 17 KDDC Names Production Award in Memory of Dr. Gary Lane Toni Riley, Field Reporter, Farmer’s Pride W hen Dr. Gary Lane, retired UK Dairy Extension Specialist and Burkmann Nutrition dairy nutritionist, died unexpectedly in December, the state lost a person truly committed to improving the dairy industry. The Kentucky Dairy Development Council recognized that commitment at the annual Dairy Partners Conference by naming the Dairy Production Award in his memory. This award recognizes high production, and sound nutrition is the cornerstone of that success. The 2019 Gary Lane Production Award recognized Fairdale Farms, Richard and Joe Sparrow, Owenton as the top overall Kentucky dairy herd. Lane grew up in Green County, and his love for the dairy industry began there on his family farm. He pursued that love with his education and obtained a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Purdue. His career started as a professor at Texas A&M University, but he returned to his home state in 1977 to become University of Kentucky Extension Dairy Specialist. He joined Burkmann Nutrition as an animal nutritionist in 1986, retiring in 2006. Dr. Robert Harmon, long-time friend and coworker, said that Dr. Lane’s most significant contribution to Kentucky agriculture and particularly the dairy industry was his care and compassion for the dairy producer. “Gary was always willing to give. He was a prime example of servant leadership and helped the producer any way he could,” Harmon said. Lane had a way to make the producer feel comfortable and help them make changes compassionately, never admonishing or criticizing them. Harmon said Lane had an amazing sense of humor and always had a joke, something the producers could appreciate as well. Lane also could speak to a variety of different audiences, whether producer groups or scientific organizations. While Lane was with Extension, he kept up with the latest trends in his primary area of emphasis – nutrition. He was instrumental in encouraging dairy producers to go to a TMR – total mixed ration–that incorporated forage, concentrate, mineral, and vitamin supplements in one complete ration, fed in a feed bunk. Lane also worked with producers to develop balanced rations based on the developmental stage of the cow. Lane was an early industry leader to recognize the need for Gary Lane’s granddaughter Sarah Dean; award recipients Richard Sparrow and Joe Sparrow; Lane’s wife, Doris; daughter Amy Lane Chaney; and Joe Paul Mattingly, chairman of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Dairy Advisory committee and award sponsor; acknowledge the first Gary Lane Production Award
  2. 2. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 2 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2020 KDDC Board of Directors & Staff Executive Committee President: Freeman Brundige Vice President: Charles Townsend, DVM Sec./Treasurer: Tom Hastings EC Member: Tony Cowherd EC Member: Greg Goode EC Past President: Richard Sparrow Board of Directors District 1: Freeman Brundige 731.446.6248 District 2: Josh Duvall 270.535.6533 District 3: Keith Long 270.670.1388 District 4: Bill Crist Jr. 270.590.3185 District 5: Tony Compton 270.378.0525 District 6: Mark Williams 270.427.0796 District 7: Greg Goode 606.303.2150 District 8: Steve Weaver 270.475.3154 District 9: Jerry Gentry 606.875.2526 District 10: Terry Rowlette 502.376.2292 District 11: Stewart Jones 270.402.4805 District 12: John Kuegel 270.316.0351 Equipment: Tony Cowherd 270.469.0398 Milk Haulers: Mike Owen 270.392.1902 Genetics: Dan Johnson 502.905.8221 Feed: Tom Hastings 270.748.9652 Nutrition: Dr. Jeffrey Bewley 270.225.1212 Dairy Co-op: Stephen Broyles 859.421.9801 Veterinary: Dr. Charles Townsend 270.726.4041 Finance: Todd Lockett 270.590.9375 Heifer Raiser: Bill Mattingly 270.699.1701 Former Pres.: Richard Sparrow 502.370.6730 Employee & Consultants Executive Director: H.H. Barlow 859.516.1129 DC-Central: Beth Cox PO Box 144, Mannsville, KY 42758 859.516.1619 • 270-469-4278 DC-Western: Dave Roberts 1334 Carrville Road, Hampton, KY 42047 859.516.1409 DC-Southern: Meredith Scales 2617 Harristown Road, Russell Springs, KY 42642 859.516.1966 DC-Northern: Jennifer Hickerson 4887 Mt Sterling Road, Flemingsburg, KY 41041 859.516.2458 KDDC 176 Pasadena Drive • Lexington, KY 40503 KY Milk Matters produced by Carey Brown President’s Corner Freeman Brundige H ello to everyone! This is my first Presidents Corner. First, I would like to thank the board for their confidence in me to carry on the responsibilities of our group. Next, I would like to applaud Richard Sparrow for the great job he has done in leading us in the last six years. He has left big footsteps for me to follow. All of us in the dairy business have seen tremendous changes and volatility over the last decade. Low prices, loss of markets, loss of infrastructure, mergers, and bankruptcies, all added to our stress level. Just when it looked like things might be turning a little more favorable, we have been hit with a national emergency in public health. Hopefully this will be more short lived than some believe. And hopefully the American people will recognize that a consistent and plentiful food supply is absolutely one of the greatest assets that we have in times of crises like this. This organization is made up of all the dairy farms in the state. The officers, board members, and staff, are here to help each and every one of you. We value any input that you may have to enable us to help you in our industry. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us with your concerns or comments. Hopefully in the next issue we can discuss the end of the crisis and ways to go forward. Thanks! 2020 Kentucky Dairy Development Council Board of Directors Seating of the newly elected 2020 Kentucky Dairy Development Council board of directors took place at the annual Kentucky Dairy Partners conference held in Bowling Green on February 26th. New to the board is Stephen Broyles, Dairy Farmers of America Mid-East representing the Dairy Cooperative, Mike Owens of Owen Transport representing the Milk Haulers and Todd Lockett of South Central Bank representing Finance. As Richard Sparrow rolled off the KDDC board as president after serving two dedicated terms, Freeman Brundige of Fulton, Kentucky was elected as new president. Freeman is located in District 1. Terry Rowlette was elected to fill District 10. Terry is located in Henry County where he has a dairy operation and makes his own ice cream, butter and cheese as a value-added business. At left is a list of all board members for 2020.
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  4. 4. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 4 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Executive Director Comments H H Barlow D uring this difficult time, I’m extremely grateful for our just-completed Dairy Partner’s Conference. It was a great success with over 300 total attendees. Our awards banquet, attended by 180, gave us an opportunity to recognize outstanding dairy farmers and other dairy leaders in Kentucky. The specific awards and recognitions are highlighted in other articles in this newsletter. Our conference would not have been possible without our partners, including the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, University of Kentucky and Dairy Alliance. Success of our conference also depends on our exhibitors and sponsors. I especially want to thank Eunice Schlappi and the KDDC staff for doing all the groundwork. It truly is a partnership that proves much can be accomplished when we work together. Obviously, we are facing a crisis never before experienced in our time or our world economy. Yes, it’s really bad! We must face that truth, and the key for all of us is how we react to get through it. From a personal standpoint, it reminds me of the early ‘80s when interest hit 20%, land and commodity prices tanked, and I almost lost my farm. I’m sharing some things that I did that helped me survive a terrible situation. 1) Evaluate honestly where you are. 2) Focus on what you can control. 3) Don’t worry about what you can’t control. 4) Identify the bottlenecks in your operation that you can correct. 5) Evaluate your true financial position. 6) Be proactive if you foresee trouble with your lender. 7) Don’t put off tough decisions and critical actions…That just digs a deeper hole. 8) Be honest with your family and your employees. 9) Continue to keep communications open…Don’t withdraw, because your family, friends and business associates are for your success. 10) Finally, and most importantly, take time to stop and engage your faith…Ask God to help you get through this unprecedented time. As everyone knows, all group meetings are cancelled. KDDC is postponing our March board meeting. However, the staff and I are available for on-farm visits or phone conferences. All meetings and conferences through May are cancelled at this time. I’m hoping and praying that by June we will be able to have our June Dairy Day events and 4-H and FFA Youth Dairy Shows. Surely the coronavirus will be behind us by then. We do have a summer tour planned for July 7 starting at Bel Cheese and visiting three farms in Barren and Warren County. One of our main initiatives in 2020 for KDDC is the formation of Young Dairymen Peer Groups. I believe it is essential to engage our young dairymen with each other so they can share their experiences, their successes and even failures with each other. We have many young, educated and accomplished people that are engaged with their family farming operations who are full of ideas to make things better. We have nine group meetings across the state planned for the week of July 13. Our desire is to choose locations that are near the farms for time and distance convenience. Dr. Jeffrey Bewley will be our guest presenter at each meeting. Our desire to do this arises from the understanding that young dairymen are the future of our industry and need a voice in it, as well as KDDC’s leadership. We will have the related details published in the May issue of Milk Matters. We also plan to send notices by mail and personal contacts to encourage participation. As of this writing, milk markets look depressing. During the week of March 16, dairy futures have traded limit down (.75) and limit up the same amount the next day. No one can accurately predict what is going to happen. Thankfully, milk trucks are still running, processors are still operating and milk is being delivered to the store. Fluid milk consumption is definitely up…Just look at store shelves. Hopefully, families will continue the increased consumption of milk for their health and our viability. The greatest concern for milk prices is what will happen with exports since 16% of our milk goes out of the country. I’m optimistic that when all this shakes out, milk demand will be up considerably. However, in the short run, it’s scary. Thankfully, many of you did purchase the Dairy Margin Coverage Insurance for the five years that was offered last year through our KDDC incentive program. It will be a safety net if prices continue to deteriorate. Once again we would like to thank the Kentucky Agriculture Development Board for partnering with us. Dairy farmers have always been resilient and I’m sure we will get through this unprecedented crisis. Keep the faith…Spring is here and the sun comes up every morning for a new day! Remember to be thankful for our families and trust God…He is always faithful! I hope to see everyone at June Dairy Days and Youth Shows… Break out the ice cream and celebrate life! June is DAIRY MONTH! w w w. k yd a i r y. o r g
  5. 5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ON YOUR DAIRY What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory condition that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. How is COVID-19 spread? It is likely that the virus that causes COVID-19 emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from person to person. It is believed that the virus spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with each other (within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets that are disseminated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that is hosting the virus and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, although this is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of coronovirus-2019 at coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Patients with COVID-19 experience mild to severe respiratory issues with the following symptoms: 1. Fever 2. Cough 3. Shortness of breath What are the serious complications caused by this virus? Some patients contract pneumonia in both lungs and experience multiple organ failure, and some patients have died. What can I do to help protect myself and my coworkers at my dairy? People can protect themselves from respiratory diseases by taking the following preventive measures every day: • Avoid close contact with sick people, both on and outside of your dairy. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands have not been washed. • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. • Wash your hands before you eat after working in the milking parlor or other areas of the dairy. • Ask the dairy manager or owner to keep the restrooms stocked with disinfectants and soap. • Always wear milking gloves. • Constantly change milking gloves. • When you get home after working in the dairy, always take a shower and wash your work clothes. • Keep the bathrooms and kitchen area in your workplace clean and disinfected. • Keep tractors clean and disinfected. • Keep social distance. If you are sick, to prevent transmitting your respiratory illness to others, do the following: • Stay home if you’re sick. • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable handkerchief when coughing or sneezing, then throw it away. • Frequently clean and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch. • Form emergency plans for your dairy in the event of an illness. Ask the dairy manager or owner to call the doctor’s office if you have severe symptoms. Is there a vaccine for COVID-19? There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infections is to take daily preventive measures, such as avoiding close contact with sick people and washing your hands frequently. Is there a treatment? There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical attention to help relieve symptoms. For more information on COVID-19, visit
  6. 6. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our colleagues, customers and communities. As a family company, we understand that the interconnectedness of our lives means that the actions we take within our business have an impact on countless others, including family members and friends. We share your concerns about the spread of COVID-19 globally. We are committed to doing our part to reduce COVID’s impact as quickly as possible, while maintaining our supply and service to you. Our business spans more than 120 countries, so we first began monitoring COVID when it emerged in China. In spite of the many challenges, our team in China has continued serving our customers, and we have been able to maintain production and continuity of supply due to the strict biosecurity controls that we had already established prior to COVID-19. As COVID-19 expanded its reach, we responded by establishing a dedicated COVID-19 task force representing all regions of the world. Together, with a team of senior management, we review the latest information, including the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a daily basis to adapt our approach to this dynamic and evolving situation. A few of the specific actions we have taken to prioritize the safety of our team and the continuity of our service to our customers include: 1. COVID-19 Company Policy – Our policy addresses limitations on travel of our team, including contractors and consultants, as well as other required practices to safeguard all of our sites. This is something we are reviewing daily and continually updating to ensure best practice. 2. Visitor Screening Form – A visitor screening form must be completed by any guest, including internal guests and truck drivers, before they are able to enter any of our facilities. This measure is a first line of defense to safeguard against any known risks. 3. Limitation of outside visitors – While we are maintaining some business-critical meetings, we are utilizing virtual meeting platforms as an alternative or are postponing visits to a future date. We are not allowing tours or visits to our facilities that are not deemed to be business-critical at this time. Truck drivers making deliveries or pickups are asked to stay within their cabs or as close to their trucks as possible, and any entry to our facilities must be approved following completion of the visitor screening form. 4. Enhanced cleaning protocols – In addition to our regular cleaning services, we have enhanced our procedures to occur at more frequent intervals and with greater attention to the disinfection of all surfaces. 5. Team member health – We have required that any team member who is feeling ill will not return to the office until they have been free of a fever for more than 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications. Any high-risk exposure or confirmed case of COVID-19 necessitates a 14-day quarantine. 6. Operational continuity – Alltech operates nearly 100 manufacturing facilities around the world. Our global infrastructure enables us to shift production if necessary. We are working closely with all of our manufacturing teams to ensure operational continuity and service to our customers. We have implemented plans for all critical business units to work remotely, if required. As part of this, we continue to stress-test our systems and implement safeguards on the security of all data and technology. 7. Supply chain - We have been in contact with our key suppliers to review the status of all raw materials and have been reassured of continuity. While the majority of our materials and services are sourced in the Americas, we have built in contingencies globally, should the need to source from other geographies become necessary. Our global manufacturing and logistics capabilities position us favorably to continue to consistently serve our customers. You can be assured that we will be staying in connection with you. Likewise, please keep in communication with our team, and let us know if you have any questions, concerns or additional needs. We will continue to adapt to the challenges COVID-19 presents, focused foremost on your safety and ongoing service. Although COVID-19 has created unprecedented uncertainty, you can have complete confidence in our commitment to you. Stay well, Mark Mark Lyons, Ph.D. President & CEO A message to our customers, partners, suppliers and friends
  7. 7. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 8 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund A Different World; The Same Mission While the world is dealing with the presence of COVID-19, farm families are still doing what they do best. Kentucky Farm Bureau A few short weeks ago, most citizens in Kentucky, and across the country, were preparing for spring and all the activities the new season would bring. But since the onset of COVID-19, the coronavirus, most have hunkered down close to home hoping to wait this pandemic out. But there are exceptions such as the medical personnel who are so vitally important, and first responders ever present on the job. Some professions are more important now than ever before. The same is true about the American farmer, said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “The mission of our agriculture industry hasn’t changed with the spread of the coronavirus. We still have the same desire to plant, grow and harvest the safest, most abundant food supply in the world,” he said. “For most of us, we feel as though it is our duty, especially in times like these.” Haney emphasized that the industry not only includes the families with “boots-on-the-ground” farming operations, but it is the processors, distributors and the markets which are all a part of the nation’s food chain. “The people who work in these areas are still hard at it making sure there are no glitches in our food supply,” he said. “They are essential to the security of this nation.” That word has spread across the country thanks to the efforts of farm organizations throughout the U.S. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said there is a lot beyond our control and still unknown as we face this crisis, but we can focus on and be faithful with the tasks at hand. “For farmers and ranchers, our calling hasn’t changed, though its importance hits closer to home in times like these: we are committed to rising every day to grow and harvest the food we all depend on,” he said. Certainly, the ag industry isn’t without a set of challenges as is the case for most American industries. AFBF has outlined several of those concerns including getting enough migrant laborers to the U.S. through the H-2A guest- worker program. The organization noted that the ag industry needs more than a quarter-million of these workers each year and getting them here could be a challenge as the State Department announced the suspension of all processing of new, non- emergency visa applications in Mexico. Also, on the list of concerns is that of the supply chain. As more regulations go into place involving social distancing and retail closures, AFBF emphasized that, “meat packing plants, dairy processors, ethanol plants and other processing facilities all play vital roles in delivering the food and fuel Americans will continue to depend on in the long days ahead. Additional impacts could include access to seed, fertilizer and crop protection tools farmers need to grow a healthy crop.” Of course, market concerns have been an issue for farm families over the past several years during a downturn in the ag economy. However, as the U.S. struggles through the turmoil COVID-19 has caused to the world-wide economy, “maintaining stable and fair markets is especially critical at times like these,” noted the AFBF. On an upside, the federal government’s list of essential industries does include agriculture. Haney said the ag industry is ready to meet the challenges of this current national crisis. “Facing adversity is nothing new to the American farmer. Over the last several decades we have weathered natural disasters, world wars, depression and recessions and other disease outbreaks, and we’re not about to quit now,” he said. “It’s our duty to ensure the security of our food supply and that’s what we will do now, and for as long as there is soil to till and a need to eat.” Fowler Branstetter Dairy Business Unit 317-315-4017
  8. 8. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 9 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Partners Important to Dairy Industry Toni Riley, Field Reporter, Farmer’s Pride T he annual Dairy Partners Conference held on February 25 and 26 emphasizes how important partnerships are in helping the 470 dairies in Kentucky continue to be profitable. Dr. Robert Harmon, retired chairman of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and Food Science Animal Science Department, spoke about the need for these partnerships as he opened the second-day session. He commented on how as chair of the department, he found other states envious of Kentucky’s partnerships, where turf battles didn’t exist. The conference partners include the University of Kentucky CAFE, the Dairy Alliance, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “It’s an important aspect for individuals to rely on partnerships and not just rely on themselves,” he said. He said dairy producers have a passion and dedication to what they do “This meeting is dedicated to the producers to take home information that will help them provide quality food every day. The conference which had over 300 in attendance certainly met that criteria with two days of excellent workshops with subjects ranging from biosecurity to new milk products and networking opportunities. The first day of the conference is devoted to young producers providing workshops primarily geared to producers without a lifetime of experience. The second day had some of the same topics but geared more for the experienced dairy producer. Marlen Hammond, manages the 50 cow herd at the Eastern Kentucky University dairy, only in her third year as Assistant Farm Manager for EKU, Marlen falls in the young producer category. Hammond oversees the robotic 24/7 milking of the Holstein and Brown Swiss herd. She says she comes because she enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. This year of particular interest was the hoof trimming workshop by Dr. Earnest Hovingh. Jeff Bewley of Alltech presentation on Lean Farming was important. She found the talk by Shelly Mayer, inspiring and definitely took her message home. The partners Dr. Harmon referred to are an essential element in getting the information out. That’s why Burkman Nutrition attends. Brent Williams, Director of Nutrition Services, Danville Division, said it’s vital for his company to be there to support the industry but also necessary for him to attend the workshops. “We might be making a farm visit and need to discuss hoof care. I need to have been in the session on that subject.” Dr. Andrea Sexton, Professor of Animal Science at Eastern Kentucky University, found the conference to be an essential information source as she prepares the EKU Dairy Challenge team for regional competition. Dr. Sexton had her laptop open and was emailing articles written by the different presenters to her students to use in preparation for their Michigan competition in March. Networking opportunities are an essential component of the conference, and Shelly Mayer, from Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, reminded producers to take advantage of the chance to talk with one another and share ideas - to partner. Mrs. Mayer also was adamant - producers must tell the dairy story. They must take every opportunity to let their community know how vital the local dairies are not only in the production of milk but to the community economy. Making the same point was H. H. Barlow, the Executive Director of the KDDC. This is the first Partners Conference for Barlow since becoming executive director in May 2019. But Barlow has been active in dairy and KDDC leadership for many years. Barlow says his few months have been a whirlwind – but he loves what he does. Barlow is passionate about the Dairy Industry and has a long list of goals for the KDDC. Barlow said every rural community should recognize a dairy as a community partner and especially as an economic engine. “The unique thing about a dairy farm is how it touches such a vast range of people. A community must recognize the jobs a dairy touches, - beginning with the haulers all the way to the electricity company.”
  9. 9. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 10 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2019 KDDC District and Proficiency Awards Top Herds – 3.5 % Fat Corrected RHA Milk by District District County Producer RHA Milk Fat Protein 1-1st Place TRIGG DAVID S. FISHER 27779 1112 691 CADIZ, KY 1-2nd Place CALDWELL TROYER DAIRY 27503 1010 799 FREDONIA, KY 1-3RD Place TRIGG JACOB ESH 23018 823 674 CERULEAN, KY 2- 1ST Place LOGAN ROBEY FARMS 31186 1097 923 ADAIRVILLE, KY 2-2ND Place BUTLER H&S DAIRY 30202 1098 923 MORGANTOWN, KY 2-3rd Place WARREN ALAN SUMNER 27781 939 882 SMITHS GROVE, KY 3-1st Place BARREN BRIAN PEDEN 29990 1041 911 PEDEN DAIRY GLASGOW, KY 3-2ND Place BARREN DON AND JEREMY KINSLOW 24583 867 756 SMITHS GROVE, KY 3-3RD Place BARREN DAVID STRADER 24110 882 716 CAVE CITY, KY 4-1ST Place METCALFE BILL CRIST 27603 966 830 CRIST DAIRY EDMONDTON, KY 4-2ND Place GREEN KEITH MOSS 25606 954 752 MOSS DAIRY GREENSBURG, KY 4-3RD Place METCALFE FOWLER BRANSTETTER 24751 863 861 STYLE CREST DAIRY EDMONTON, KY 5-1ST Place ADAIR H&H DAIRYDAIRY 28857 1023 835 COLUMBIA, KY 5-2ND Place TAYLOR CORBIN BROTHER’S DAIRY 27519 993 829 ROGER & DAVID CORBIN CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY 5-3RD Place ADAIR ROWE FARMS INC. 27251 996 798 COLUMBIA, KY 6-1ST Place MONROE RIDGE TOP DAIRY 25286 910 765 JOSH WILLIAMS TOMPKINSVILLE, KY 6-2ND Place RUSSELL RUSSELLWAY HOLSTEINS 23694 868 729 ROSS RUSSELL RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY 6-3RD Place RUSSELL SHANE ROY 19490 709 579 RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY Robey Farms - 1st place District #2 Kinslow Dairy - 2nd place District 3 Peden Dairy - 1st place District 3 Crist Dairy - 1st place District 4 Ridge Top Dairy - 1st place District 6
  10. 10. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 11 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2019 KDDC District and Proficiency Awards Top Herds – 3.5 % Fat Corrected RHA Milk by District District County Producer RHA Milk Fat Protein 7-1ST Place LINCOLN KENNETH & MATTHEW HORST 30883 1096 891 SCENIC VIEW DAIRY WAYNESBURG, KY 7-2ND Place LINCOLN DARREL L. HORST 27795 982 844 WAYNESBURG, KY 7-3RD Place LINCOLN HILLTOP HOLSTEINS LLC 26405 951 781 NATHAN HORST CRAB ORCHARD, KY 8-1ST Place CHRISTIAN DAVID WEAVER 29543 1047 870 PEMBROKE, KY 8-2ND Place CHRISTIAN NOAH WEAVER 27501 956 824 HOPKINSVILLE, KY 8-3RD Place CHRISTIAN MOSE COBLENTZ 26614 1055 685 GUTHRIE, KY 9-1ST Place PULASKI MERVIN WEBER 26447 943 805 EUBANK, KY 9-2ND Place FAYETTE COLDSTREAM DAIRY HERDS 25938 943 796 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LEXINGTON, KY 9-3RD Place MADISON STATELAND DAIRY 24270 876 723 EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY RICHMOND, KY 10-1ST Place OWEN RICHARD SPARROW 31729 1194 976 FAIRDALE FARMS OWENTON, KY 10-2ND Place MERCER KEIGHTLEY-CORE 19619 796 586 JEFF CORE SALVISA, KY 10-3RD Place HENRY JEFF AND LISA GIBSON 18004 646 550 EMINENCE, KY 11-1ST Place WASHINGTON RINEY DAIRY LLC 24858 880 698 BILLY RINEY,JR SPRINGFIELD, KY 11-2ND Place MARION DAVID JEROME MATTINGLY 21287 735 685 SPRINGFIELD, KY 11-3RD Place HARDIN DAVID HART 17902 658 554 ELIZABETHTOWN, KY 12-1ST Place GRAYSON LONGVIEW FARMS 26485 955 824 LARRY EMBRY LEITCHFIELD, KY 12-2ND Place HART FOREVER FARMS 23348 842 716 BONNIE AND DAVID SAMMONS HORSECAVE, KY 12-3RD Place GRAYSON BRANDON FIELDS 20744 747 611 UPTON, KY Keightley-Core - 2nd Place District 10 Fairdale Farms - 1st Place District 10 Riney Dairy - 1st Place District 11 Brandon Fields - 2nd Place District 12
  11. 11. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 12 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund
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  13. 13. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 14 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dairy commodity prices. A combination of the coronavirus and additional milk flowing into manufacturing plants is making commodity prices shaky. Due to its dependence on the export market, nonfat dry milk powder (NFDM) is the most impacted by the coronavirus. Because of the price lag, the February NFDM price, used to establish federal order prices, was $1.2453/lb., a fraction higher than January. However, disruption of powder exports will be reflected in a lower March price. Renewed export activity will be needed to reverse prices. The butter price is at its lowest price in almost five years. Relatively strong butter prices in recent years, increased butter production, and opened up the door for more imports; all of which moved the price lower. In 2019 the U.S. imported 84.5 million lbs. of butter, a record, with a high percent being Irish butter. The butter inventory at the end of January was 15% higher than last January. Until butter inventories decline, no significant butter price increase is expected. Reports indicate butter is close to, or may have reached a floor price. Moving to cheese, both cheddar blocks and barrels were lower in February, compared to January, but still higher than a year ago. Based on trading at the CME during the first week of March, cheese prices continue to move lower with blocks closing at $1.76/lb. and barrels at $1.5175/lb. on March 6. The large block to barrel spread is a sign of uncertainty in the marketplace. The positive news on cheese is the January inventory is 1.2% lower than last January, and cheese makers report sales as steady. Milk production. Dairy Market News reports cheese plants are at or near capacity. Prices paid for surplus milk, by Wisconsin cheese plants, are reported between $1.00 to $5.00/ cwt. below the class price. Looking at the production numbers, USDA reports 0.9% more milk produced in January compared to a year ago. USDA estimates 6,000 less head of dairy cows than last year, but there are 5,000 more head than December. January milk production was higher in all of the top five milk producing states, except for Wisconsin, which was down 1.0%. January production changes for the other four states with higher production: California 0.7%, Idaho 3.7 %, New York 2.2%, and Texas 7.9%. January saw the Southeast milk production pattern change. For the three Southeast reporting states, January production was 2.4% higher in Florida and 1.3% higher in Georgia. After many consecutive months of declining production, January saw Virginia’s milk production 1.5% greater than a year earlier. These three states produce about two-thirds of the milk in the Southeast. PROJECTED* BLEND PRICES – BASE ZONES – SOUTHEASTERN FEDERAL ORDERS Month Appalachian Florida Southeast ($/cwt.) @ 3.5% fat @ base zone January $21.03 $23.33 $21.32 February $19.76 $21.83 $20.34 March $19.40 $21.64 $19.82 April $19.04 $21.41 $19.54 *Projected in bold. Class I sales. The New Year started off poorly in regards to Class I sales. January Class I producer milk, in all eleven federal orders, was 4.4% lower than a year ago. This equates to 179 million less lbs. of milk used in fluid products compared to last January. This additional 179 million lbs. had to find a home in cheese or powder plants, with much of the milk sold at a discount. Loss of fluid milk sales has a double price impact on dairy farmers: 1) significant less revenue compared to the Class I price, and 2) additional milk to manufacturing plants which in turn increases dairy product supply leading to lower dairy product prices. Unfortunately, the largest decline in January Class I sales was in the Southeast Federal Order, down 10.4%. The Appalachian Order was second with a decline of 6.8%. The Florida Order saw a drop of 3.2%. Combined, this is 66 million lbs. less of producer milk utilized in Class I this January, compared to last January in the three Southeast orders. Again, the double impact of lower fluid sales; less Class I dollars and more milk to manufacturing. If the significant decline in Class I sales continues in the Southeast, dairy farmers will see a greater spread between mailbox and order blend prices. Whole milk greater share of the fluid market. For many years the Florida Market Administrator staff has provided us with fluid milk sales data by product. From 2014 to 2019, whole milk sales increased its share of the Florida market from 34.7% to 38.7%. While during the same period, the market share of low fat declined from 41.5% to 39.2%, and skim from 10.2% to 6.8%. Organic fluid sales are a relatively small part of the Florida market, 3.3% in 2014 and 3.7% in 2019. Blend Prices. January blend prices were over $3.00/ cwt. higher than a year ago. Blend prices will move lower in February, and continue to do so through the middle of the year. Our current projections are lower than at the beginning of the year. Now, we project blend prices to average about $0.50/ cwt. higher in 2020 compared to 2019, versus the $1.25/cwt. projected in January. However, our projections are not as low as current futures prices indicate. We consider the coronavirus a temporary setback in prices. Economic fundamentals are strong, which is good for dairy demand. However, the large January Dixie Dairy Report March 2020 Calvin Covington (336) 766-7191
  14. 14. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 15 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Prices FMMO 5 March 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 20.86 April 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 20.04 FMMO 7 March 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $21.26 April 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (3.5%BF) $20.44 SOUTHEAST LICENSED DAIRY FARMS (2018-2019) STATE 2018 2019 DIFFERENCE STATE 2018 2019 DIFFERENCE Alabama 30 25 -5 Mississippi 65 60 -5 Florida 95 90 -5 North Carolina 180 150 -30 Georgia 160 140 -20 South Carolina 50 40 -10 Kentucky 540 480 -60 Tennessee 250 200 -50 Louisiana 90 85 -5 Virginia 565 505 -60 decline in fluid sales is concerning. If fluid milk needs continue to stay 4% below a year ago, the additional milk will find its way to cheese and butter plants, thus increasing supply of dairy products. Dairy demand. Total (domestic and export) milk solids disappearance slowed in 2019. It only increased 0.6% from 2018, the lowest annual increase since 2009. However, 2019 was a banner year for domestic disappearance. Domestic disappearance of milk solids in 2019 was a record 24.7 billion lbs., 2% higher than in 2018. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, domestic dairy disappearance increased at an annual rate of 1.1%. During the recent decade the increase jumped to 1.5%. Disappearance of milk solids through exports was 7% lower in 2019 compared to 2018. This is the reason for the smaller increase in total demand (domestic and export) last year. Even though exports were lower, 2019 was the second highest year for exports, representing 14.2% of solids demand, only trailing 2018. Dairy farm numbers. At the end of 2019, USDA reports 34,187 licensed dairy farms, 8.8% less farms than 2018. Back in 1992, when this data was first published, there were 131,535 dairy farms. Wisconsin saw the largest decline in 2019, losing 780 dairy farms, but Wisconsin remains the number one state with 7,720 dairies. Pennsylvania is second with 5,730. The Southeast States lost 14% or 250 of its dairies in 2019, dropping from 2,025 in 2018 to only 1,775 at the end of 2019. In 1992, there were 10,261 dairy farms in the Southeast states.
  15. 15. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 16 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Adjust Your Feeding Strategy to Increase Your Milk Income Amber Hewett, Dairy Herd February 17, 2020 I had a conversation with one of my team members the other day about ways to adjust a feed ration to optimize the pay price and premium that a dairy receives from their milk plant. As a financial dairy consultant, I run into the scenario where an owner may not understand their milk check more frequently than one might think. Common questions for me to ask a dairy: What is your basis? Do you know what you are getting per pound of butterfat? Protein? Do you know how your premiums are calculated? It is not uncommon for the answer to be uncertainty. I work under the philosophy that if you can monitor something you can manage it. While many dairies think they are held hostage to the announcement milk price, this is not always the case. I believe that a dairy can improve their milk income by changing some of their feeding strategies. The first thing that I recommend that a dairy start doing is to monitor their basis. For this purpose, the basis is simply the calculation of the difference between their actual price and the announced price. By monitoring the basis of the milk check, one will be able to determine where the majority of their milk income comes from: volume or components. Over recent years, it has become more common to find the basis being positive driven by the components more than the volume of milk. There are some exceptions to this rule, depending on if there are any volume premiums from an individual milk plant. While a dairy has very little control over the announced price of milk, they do have control over their components. Too often I hear of dairy’s focusing being that 100-pound herd. My challenge to those dairies is to do the exercise of breaking apart your milk check. Look at the what you are getting paid for volume, butterfat, and protein. Once the actual numbers are known, start using those numbers in different scenarios to determine the best course of action for your dairy. In my experience, the best course of action is work with your nutritionist to focus on improving components versus feeding strictly for production. In addition to the components portion of a milk check, a producer should review the premiums their plant offers, the most common one being your SCC premium. Work with consultants and management team to maximize those premiums. If in doubt about how premiums are calculated, reach out the milk plant for clarification. My final piece of advice, do not forget to review the deductions and assignments that are being withheld from your milk check. While it is not common, there are times that errors have been found. While this is not a new topic, I do think that it is a good reminder for all of us. Do not become complacent when looking at your financials. As the last few years have shown us, we must know our financial numbers and be confident in those numbers. Take the time to know yours. Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) Is Here! This recently released USDA product (DRP) is designed to protect dairy farmers from the decline in quarterly revenue from milk sales. Contact us today for more information about protecting one of the biggest risks to your operation. In Business Since 1972 1-800-353-6108 We are an equal opportunity provider Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs). Livestock manure management and water quality BMPs. Ky Division of Water permitting and compliance. Ben Koostra - Professional Engineer and NRCS Technical Service Provider - Lexington - 859-559-4662 To place a classified ad, contact any of the KDDC Dairy Conultants or Carey Brown at (859) 948-1256 Classified Ads
  16. 16. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 17 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund PDPW Conference Summary H H Barlow, Executive Director O ne more casualty of the coronavirus was my trip to the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Conference in Madison, March 18 & 19. I was very disappointed that it was cancelled, but happy that it was streamed live via computer. PDPW was formed in 1992 by a group of dairy farmers and some University of Wisconsin staff. Their core objectives were: 1) To promote a positive and professional image of the dairy industry and profitability. 2) Provide educational programs and a forum for the exchange of ideas for its members. 3) Identify challenges facing the dairy industry and seek solutions. There are many programs in PDPW that KDDC needs to emulate. We are definitely smaller in numbers, but we are striving to start our own young dairyman education and leadership training programs here in Kentucky. Shelly Mayer, the executive director of PDPW was the keynote speaker at our Kentucky Dairy Partner’s Conference and challenged us to STAND UP for our industry, be proud of ourselves as dairymen and go forward with optimism and action to make things better for dairying in Kentucky. Some of the highlights in the topics covered were: 1) Financial literacy—Learning all the tools you need for your lender. 2) How many heifers do you need to keep in your herd. 3) Pencil push for profits, not record production. 4) What’s ahead for dairy beverages and new dairy case items? 5) How to mentally ignite performance and manage uncertainty. 6) When weather and markets collide—Detail weather maps and historical data were shown to predict what’s coming by observing ocean currents and temperatures. The virtual conference concluded with Mark Nutsch, Commander of the Green Beret Unit that became our first warriors in Afghanistan after 9/11. His unit fought on horseback and was portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the movie ‘12 Strong’. Nutsch was reared on a Kansas ranch. His poignant message was ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’. The virtual conference was unique and informative but doesn’t compare to being there in person, where you can interact with fellow dairymen, viewing exhibits and exchanging ideas. Shelly Mayer has offered 5 scholarships for Kentucky’s young dairymen to attend next year’s conference. I hope we can help our young dairymen utilize this opportunity. continued from cover an entity such as the KDDC and was one of the leaders in its establishment. He concluded his career as a nutritionist with Burkmann Nutrition. David Williams, Burkmann president, recalled how he was able to lure Lane away from the UK. With the business growing, Burkmann needed an additional nutritionist and Williams wanted the best in the country so he started with Gary Lane, not expecting him to say yes. “He said, ‘Dave, I don’t want to sell feed,’” Williams remembered. Williams explained he didn’t want a feed salesman but wanted Lane to help dairy families raise their level of production, which would ultimately reward Burkmann. “It’s easy for me to say he did that. He was able to gain the trust of the dairy families. They would try his recommendations and see the benefit. I can’t imagine where Burkmann Nutrition would be without Gary Lane,” Williams concluded. In addition to his passion for his family, wife Doris; daughters Marsha, Susan and Amy; and four grandchildren; and his Indian Hills Christian Church; Lane was passionate about fishing. Harmon said no story about Lane would be complete without mentioning Lane’s great love of fishing. “He was one of the best bass fishermen I’ve ever seen,” he said. Harmon laughed when he noted that Lane’s excellent repertoire with dairy producers gave him access to some of the best bass-stocked farm ponds in the state. Williams said Lane will be missed by an industry that became better because of him. “Gary Lane will always be remembered as a man with great character, great Christian faith and a man dedicated to the dairy farm families of Kentucky.”
  17. 17. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 18 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund T his year’s Kentucky Proud/Dairy Breakfast took place February 11th at the cafeteria in the Capital Annex. As always, this event was well attended by 370 plus Kentucky Legislators and staff members. Several attendees commented that this event, cosponsored by the Kentucky Department of Ag and the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, is one that everyone looks forward to each legislative session. One of the many tasty Kentucky Proud entrees offered for breakfast was cheesy grits made from some amazing cheddar donated by Bluegrass Dairy, Glasgow Kentucky. To go with breakfast Borden’s of London Ky. whole white milk and whole chocolate milk was offered to each attendee thanks to Dairy Farmers of America Mideast. This is a great venue to visit with law makers on dairy and agricultural issues and thank them for their support. Producers, dairy industry personnel and KDDC staff attended the breakfast to represent Kentucky’s dairy industry. Kentucky Proud Breakfast Dave Roberts
  18. 18. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 19 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Commissioner Quarles on COVID-19 Pandemic O ver the course of the last several weeks, Kentucky and the nation have dealt with the increasing public health threat of COVID-19, otherwise referred to as the coronavirus. It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has unleased uncertainty in the economy. In this environment, Kentucky’s farm families are at the forefront of my mind. During this crisis, we know that our friends and neighbors in the retail, restaurant, and agriculture sectors are working overtime to provide food and fiber for Kentucky consumers. It is important to realize food supplies overall have remained adequate thus far. Our retailers are in a strong position and are adapting to consumer habits that were shifted within 24 hours. From a market standpoint, industry experts suggest that prices for staple crops looks to be stable right now. However, it is critically important for federal officials to keep an eye on supply and demand issues. With increased demand at every step of the supply chain, everyone could use our help right now. I am participating in regular conference calls with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss this issue and more, including ag labor issues and economic assistance. I will continue to keep in touch with Secretary Perdue’s team to make sure the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has the latest and best information so we can make the best decisions going forward. As you may know, we’ve already made some decisions. At the direction of the Governor, we have reduced in-person workforce at the KDA by 50 percent and have developed new ways for our staff to work from home on a temporary basis. All KDA managed livestock shows have been canceled and Market Animal Validation Sites have been closed through April 6. I encourage you to frequently visit to check for a list of updates from my office, as well as a list of events that have either been canceled or postponed in the agriculture community. I have no doubt that we will get through this together. Lincoln once confessed that he didn’t feel like he controlled events, but that events had controlled him. In the coming weeks, I expect that events will take the Kentucky agriculture community to places we have never fathomed. But, one thing remains true: America has the safest, most abundant food supply in the world supported by the hardest working men and women, America’s farm families. Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. For More Information: Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. 1483 Old Summersville Rd. Campbellsville, KY 42718 270-465-2679 270-469-0398 Penta 4030 Tire Scraper J&D Head Locks Roto Grind 1090 Hagedorn 5440 Manure Spreader Silage Defacer Tire Scraper Cowherd Dairy Supply For chemicals, supplies and more from our dairy to yours, Cowherd’s has all of your dairy needs. Cowherd Dairy Supply 1483 Old Summersville Rd. Campbellsville, KY 42718 270-465-2679 or 270-651-2643 • Boumatic Milking Equipment and Chemicals • Chore-Boy Parts • BouMatic Coolers • J&D Manufacturing • IBA Chemicals • Mueller Milk Tanks Penta 4930 BouMatic Feed pusher • SCR Systems • Up North Plastics Available
  19. 19. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 20 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund H ave you ever made the statement, I just wish there were more hours in the day or I already have more to do than I can get done? You are not alone; all of us get that feeling occasionally. Our time is our most valuable and precious commodity and cannot be replaced. Quoting the great philosopher, Seneca: “We’re tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should be the toughest misers.” Time management is one of those areas we rarely discuss, although we realize it greatly influences our dairy businesses and personal lives. Recently, I read an op-ed piece where Dr. Nevil Speer, formally at Western KY University, stated: it is not about how you spend your time, but more importantly, how you are investing your time. If we sit back and think about it, spending versus investing your time have very different meanings and implications. To me, investing time refers to how you allocate your time versus spending your time refers to what you do with your time. In this article, I would like to deviate from my normal articles and talk about investments in time management and the potential rewards to not only dairy businesses, but more importantly to people and families involved in these dairy businesses. Managing ones time starts with setting priorities and then completing these tasks in a timely manner. Setting priorities obviously entails deciding what needs to be done now, today, and those tasks that can be done tomorrow. Remember though, these priorities need to change with conditions or other factors outside our control. The best and often cited example revolves around the importance of timely harvest of small grains and other forages in the spring and getting corn planted. We all realize that timely harvest of forages can potentially result in higher milk production, more income and less expense, and ultimately more profit. However, rain or equipment breakdowns due to lack of maintenance can delay or at least change the best-laid plans. The key is to be prepared, i.e. have equipment ready to complete the tasks, and when conditions are right, be ready to complete tasks in as timely manner as possible and be prepared to change priorities or multi-task to complete several necessary and timely tasks. All of us procrastinate completing tasks, especially those we do not enjoy doing. I am great at procrastinating, especially when it comes to writing articles, even though writing is a major component of my job! I often have to tell myself, just sit down and write that article. To better invest our time, we need to look for ways to increase the efficiency or simplicity of completing everyday tasks. Many times, we could find ways to decrease the time spent completing tasks with some very simple or easily implemented changes, which improve efficiency. These changes could be as simple as where various feeds or supplies are located so they are more readily available. Another example could involve redoing feeding systems for heifers and dry cows. Instead of stepping inside a gate to a feed trough and walking through the mud to feed dry cows or heifers, these cattle are fed at a fence line feeding system potentially decreasing the amount of time spent on this task. This frees up time for other tasks needing to be completed. Saving 5 minutes here and there can quickly add up over the day. Spending time to train and then delegate and trust employees and family members to complete various tasks can help improve your time management. For this to work, people need to understand why they need to complete tasks in a certain way in addition to how to complete the task. With this training, they should be able to complete the task in a timely fashion and deal with minor daily inconsistencies, but not cut corners. To organize tasks needing to be completed for the day, a short meeting with all involved can help increase your time management. To many times I have been on farms where numerous employees come up to the owner and ask or are instructed what to do next. Just think of the time this farmer could have had, if they had delegated early in the day tasks to their employees and then could trust the employees to get these tasks done correctly and in a timely manner. Better yet, what if your employees completed their jobs with minimal direction from you, the farm manger. Not only will this approach free up time for you to get things done, but also you will have more time to think about running the farm as a business, not just the tasks associated with farming. Sometimes the best time management practice is trading a few dollars and delegating a task to someone else. This trade can be in the form of an hour a month for a routine task, such as completing record keeping needed on a dairy, to outsourcing tasks, such as manure hauling or purchasing hay or premade grain mixes. This trade can free up time, which can be used to complete other necessary tasks, spend time with family, or just allow one to better manage your dairy. Improvements in time management not only influence our dairies or dairy-related businesses and how we complete tasks, but also impact our personal lives. Freeing up just 10 to 15 more minutes a day may allow one to spend this additional time with our families and others that are important in our lives or pursue hobbies that allow us to deal with the stresses of everyday life. In the professional world, this concept is referred to as “work-life balance” and revolves around balancing these two important aspects. However, the only way we can do both of these justice is to think of ways we can better invest our time and incorporate these time management practices into our daily routines. Wisely Invest in Your Most Precious Commodity Donna M. Amaral-Phillips, UK Dairy Nutritionist and Extension Professor
  20. 20. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 21 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund S A V E T H E D A T E for February 23-24, 2021 Young Dairy Producer and Kentucky Dairy Partners Conference
  21. 21. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 22 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund T he Dairy Alliance media appearances have focused on dairy’s role in overall nutrition. The Dairy Alliance’s Tracey True appeared on WTVQ in Lexington to kick off this year’s National Nutrition Month with the theme, “Eat Right, Bite by Bite and Sip by Sip.” She discussed small goals that have a big impact on overall health like choosing milk and using smaller portions. She also educated viewers on the 9 essential nutrients in milk and the amount of other foods needed to replace its nutrients. Tracey then performed a short demo, making a Greek Yogurt Bowl. Advocate Catherine Arnold shared this year’s theme, too, appearing on WDRB in Louisville, adding how milk and water are healthy beverage options that keep you hydrated before providing examples of dairy foods as meals and snacks for high-quality protein throughout the day. Later in the month, advocate Shelby Shelby appeared on WBKO in Bowling Green. With flu season and school closures causing consumers to worry about their health, she incorporated into her message how the vitamin D in milk is important for our immune system and that a dairy- rich diet can help fight off illness. Shelby concluded her segment by featuring The Dairy Alliance’s Chipotle Pepper Dip as a healthy snack option for children staying home from school, providing other tips for prepping dairy-filled snacks for their day at home. At such an important time, these three dairy advocates have shared dairy’s essential role with viewers across Kentucky. “Eat Right” Media Appearances T he Dairy Alliance and Feeding Kentucky sponsored the Kentucky School Breakfast Challenge, focusing on school leaders across the Commonwealth who go above and beyond to make breakfast possible for many Kentucky kids. Both sponsors recognized 36 Class of 2020 Champions throughout National School Breakfast Week on social media. Three notable recognitions are Jackie Snelling, Cafeteria Manger at Graves County Middle School, as the 2020 School Leadership Breakfast Champion, Scott Anderson, Food Service Director for Madison County School District, as the 2020 Statewide Breakfast Champion and Dalla Emerson, Food Service Director for Bowling Green Independent School District, as the 2020 Rising Star Breakfast Champion. In addition to meals served in the cafeteria, these champions increased breakfast participation through programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast and Grab N’ Go Breakfast. The schools of these Breakfast Champions received additional grants from The Dairy Alliance to further promote balanced breakfast options that include milk. Kentucky Home to Breakfast Champions
  22. 22. March - April 2020 • KDDC • Page 23 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund S P E C I A L T H A N K S T O O U R S P O N S O R S Allied Sponsors PLATINUM Alltech Ag Central Bluegrass Dairy & Food Burkmann Feeds Cowherd Equipment CPC Commodities Kentucky Department of Agriculture Kentucky Farm Bureau Kentucky Soybean Board Shaker Equipment Sales Southland Dairy Farmers/Southwest Dairy Museum GOLD Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Dairy Express Services Dairy Products Assoc. of Kentucky Dairy Farmers of America ME Farm Credit Mid-America Givens and Houchens Trucking Mid-South Dairy Records Select Sires Mid America Todd County Animal Clinic Trenton Farm Supply SILVER Advanced Comfort Grain Processing Corp. KVMA Luttrull Feeds Prairie Farms Owen Transport RSI Calf Systems South Central Bank BRONZE Bank of Jamestown Bagdad Roller Mills Central Farmers Supply Double “S” Liquid Feed Genetics Plus H J Baker Kentucky Corn Growers Limestone & Cooper Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Provimi (Cargill) QMI Wilson Trucking
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