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  1. 1. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 1 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk MattersN o v e m b e r - D e c e m b e r w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g KENTUCKY Supported by Kentucky Farm Bureau Update page 6 Kentucky Dairy PartnersAnnual Meeting page 8 Winter Is Here, WhyAren’t My Cows Milking More? page 20 KDDC Dairy Margin Coverage Incentive Program Pays
  2. 2. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 2 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2019 KDDC Board of Directors & Staff Executive Committee President: Richard Sparrow Vice President: Charles Townsend, DVM Sec./Treasurer: Tom Hastings EC Member: Tony Cowherd EC Member: Freeman Brundige EC Past President: Bob Klingenfus 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: Richard Sparrow 502.370.6730 District 11: Stewart Jones 270.402.4805 District 12: John Kuegel 270.316.0351 Equipment: Tony Cowherd 270.469.0398 Milk Haulers: Alan Wilson 606.875.7281 Genetics: Dan Johnson 502.905.8221 Feed: Tom Hastings 270.748.9652 Nutrition: Dr. Ron Wendlandt 502.839.4222 Dairy Co-op: Justin Olson 765.499.4817 Veterinary: Dr. Charles Townsend 270.726.4041 Finance: Michael Smith 859.619.4995 Heifer Raiser: Bill Mattingly 270.699.1701 Former Pres.: Bob Klingenfus 502.817.3165 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 Richard Sparrow I am a nonpartisan voter; by that, I mean I try to vote for an individual based on the merits of their stand and record on the issues. Having said that, for me the unintended consequence of the recent gubernatorial election is the probable change in leadership in the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. Warren Beeler has always been a strong advocate for Kentucky agriculture. During his tenure as head of the GOAP, Warren has taken the allotted tobacco settlement money and multiplied its effect across the board. It would take all the pages of this publication to list the GOAP-funded projects during the last four years. Warren has been a strong friend to Kentucky dairy and the KDDC. He has encouraged KDDC to develop and evolve our programs. Warren’s unrivaled passion, integrity, and common sense approach have moved Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky farm families to new levels of diversification and financial success. Thank you, Warren, and best of luck to you in your future endeavors.. KY MILK MATTERS ADVERTISING RATES Ad Size BW/C (1x) BW/C (3x) BW/C (6x) Full Page $400/$450 $380/$428 $360/$405 1/2 Page $300/$350 $285/$333 $270/$315 1/4 Page $200/$250 $190/$238 $180/$225 Business Card $100/$125 $95/$119 $90/$113 AD SIZE SPECIFICATIONS Fullpage(bleed)............................................................................................8.75x11.25 Full page (no bleed)...........................................................................................7.5 x 10 Half page (horizontal)..................................................................................7.5 x 4.875 Half page (vertical)...................................................................................3.625 x 4.875 Business Card............................................................................................3.625 x 2.3
  3. 3. DATES JANUARY 13 11:00am - 3:00pm Christian County Extension Office JANUARY 14 11:00am - 3:00pm Taylor County Extension Office JANUARY 15 11:00am - 3:00pm Barren County Extension Office JANUARY 16 11:00am - 3:00pm Fleming County Extension Office Learn about the little things that could be making a big impact to your bottom line. Our speakers will be presenting ways you can improve profitability on your farm. (No cost, lunch provided) RSVP appreciated, but not required to: Dave Roberts |859-516-1409| KDDC Dairy Producer Meetings LITTLE THINGS: BIG IMPACT Sponsored by Milk Quality Dr. John Laster Building On the Basics Dr. Elizabeth Eckelkamp Heat Stress Jenna Guinn Novel Data Analysis Dr. Jeffrey Bewley Forage Management John Winchell
  4. 4. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 4 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Executive Director Comments H H Barlow J ust when you think things are settling down somewhat in the nation’s dairy industry, another bombshell hits all of us. Of course, I’m talking about Dean Foods filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Chapter 11 is a reorganizational bankruptcy and the ball is actually in the court’s hands as to what they will approve for a plan going forward, so we have no idea how this announcement will affect all of us. Dean Foods did pay October settlement checks in full for their independent producers, which was a major blessing for sixty Kentucky dairy farmers. However, there is concern about the pay for many of their coop suppliers. With sixty-six milk plants across the U.S., their actions will ultimately affect most of us. DFA has announced they are in negotiations with Dean’s to purchase some of their assets. At the present time, Dean is still receiving milk and continuing operations as usual. There are many activities taking place in Kentucky’s dairy industry. In early October, KDDC sponsored a busload of Kentucky Dairymen to Wisconsin, where we toured six farms, a teaching center and spent a complete day visiting the World Dairy Expo. The farms were outstanding dairy producers. Luck-E Holsteins was a genetic giant with nearly all excellent cows. The other farms were large commercial dairies. Each had something unique, such as rotary parlor, methane digester, cheese plant and a cover-all barn for 400 cows. We also toured ST Genetics. My highlight of the Expo was our native Kentucky son, Joe Sparrow, judging the National Brown Swiss show. Joe clearly made the correct placing for the Grand Champion Brown Swiss cow, as she became the unanimous Supreme Champion of the Expo. Joe was so descriptive and entertaining in explaining his placings. Also, the Supreme Champion cow was owned by Kentucky native Kenny Manion. We are already planning for next year’s tour and anticipate many Kentucky Young Dairymen and other producers going with us. Another highlight activity for KDDC was the completion of the Dairy Margin Coverage Insurance Incentive Program. It took considerable consultant time to gather the forms needed to complete the program. We are pleased to announce we had 164 producers participate and we will issue checks totaling $117,000 in early December. I thank all dairymen who filled out our KDDC producer survey. You can read the results in this issue. The highlight for me in the results was that only 9% to 10% of Kentucky dairymen plan to exit the business in the next 5 years. With these results, it appears the liquidation of herds has slowed dramatically and our producers see some light ahead. On November 14, Dave Roberts, Freeman Brundige, Charles Townsend and I attended the Southeast Dairy Stakeholder’s Forum in North Carolina. This conference was held to look at what has happened over the last 20 years and explore changes that can be made to federal order rules that will halt the decline of dairies across the southeast. The discussions were specific to Southeast Federal Order 7 and Appalachian Federal Order 5. Kentucky has producers in both orders. Our speakers were Dr. Bill Herndon, covering the history of Federal Order Reform; Dr. Mark Stephenson, who detailed milk production location, both past and present; John Newton, who outlined American Farm Bureau proposals for Federal Order change; and Sara Dorland, who talked about future opportunities for southeast milk production. There were 60 to 70 attendees from ten different states. After much discussion, agreement was reached to form a task force of two representatives from each state to create a game plan to go forward on Federal Order reform. This endeavor will take some time, but I believe it will be beneficial. Kentucky will be represented by myself and one other producer. On November 21-23, we attended the Southeast Dairy Challenge Competition, where over 100 college students and advisors participated in the event on the David Corbin and Sidebottom farms. The University of Kentucky was the host this year. It was great interacting with these students from 13 different states, where they enjoyed the opportunity to visit Kentucky and share their ideas and knowledge. A special thanks goes to the Corbin and Sidebottom families for opening their farms to over 100 visitors, and to Pat Hardesty and the Taylor County Extension folks for serving as headquarters for the event. Good job Donna Amaral Phillips for directing the event. As you can see, there are a lot of activities in the Kentucky dairy industry. KDDC is doing our best to improve the fortunes of dairy farmers and our allied industries. It takes all of us working together, because we are dependent on each other. Have a great holiday season. Merry Christmas and don’t forget to drink lots of eggnog and custard!!!
  5. 5. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 5 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KDDC Fall tour to Wisconsin Two of Kentucky Dairy’s rising stars got the nod to judge the Brown Swiss classes at Madison Wisconsin’s World Dairy Expo, Joe Sparrow (Senior Judge) and Jeff Core (Associate Judge). Joe judged the Swiss classes with the accuracy and ease of a seasoned long-time judge and giving an entertaining and descriptive set of reasons for each class. As the day progressed some spectators commented on the unique style and ability Joe demonstrated. Both Joe and Jeff represented themselves and Kentucky in a first-class way that left no one with any doubt “those Kentucky boys know their cows.” At the end of the show Joe concluded with a heartfelt “Thank You” for the opportunity to judge at the World Dairy Expo, and gave credit to those that helped him attain his knowledge and love for all things dairy.
  6. 6. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 6 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Kentucky Farm Bureau National Update- Farm Labor: United States House of Representatives Begins Consideration of Farm Labor Reform Many farmers in Kentucky struggle to secure an adequate labor force to perform numerous farming jobs and as a result utilize the H-2A program to meet their labor demands. In fact, Kentucky is a top-ten state in the usage of the program. While the H-2A program has served as a useful tool in acquiring workers, many producers have found the program, in its current form, to be burdensome, costly, and limited in scope. Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) policy supports restructuring the H-2A program to make the program more reliable, economical, and simple for farmers to use. On October 30, 2019, Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. This legislation would provide legal status for agricultural workers that meet certain requirements. In addition, it would institute a nationwide E-verification system for all agricultural employment, modify the adverse effect wage rate methodology, and open the H-2A program to year-round agricultural work. While this legislation provides an opportunity to discuss farm labor reform, KFB believes there are several areas in which the bill could be improved. At its core, the legislation fails to adequately address the high costs of the H-2A program. In addition, while the legislation opens the H-2A program to year- round agricultural work, there is a limit placed on the amount of visas that would be granted for such workers. Farmers have been wanting Congress to adopt meaningful farm labor reform for decades. It is imperative reform is done right because once Congress passes legislation, it is unlikely it will revisit the issue for years. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 was considered and passed favorably out of the House Judiciary Committee on November 21, 2019. It is still unclear when the full House of Representatives will consider this legislation or if the United States Senate plans to move forward with similar legislation. An adequate, reliable labor force is critical for Kentucky agriculture and KFB will continue to monitor movement on this critical issue. Additional information on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act may be found at releases/bipartisan-farm-workforce-modernization-act-passes- house-judiciary-committee. 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
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  8. 8. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 8 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KENTUCKY DAIRY PARTNERS ANNUAL MEETING February 25 & 26, 2020 Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green, Kentucky KDDC Young Dairy Producers Meeting Tuesday, February 25 (All Times are Central Time) 8:30 Registration for KDDC Young Dairy Producers Conference 9:00 AM-11:30AM Trade Show Set up 9:30 Josh Wilson- transition 10:15 Dr. Jeffrey Bewley 11:00 Break 11:15 Shelly Meyer- Wisconsin Dairy Producers 12:00-1:30 PM Lunch and Trade Show Opens 1:00 - 5:00 ADA of Kentucky Board Meeting 1:30 Sherry Bunting 2:30 Steve Isaacs – University of Kentucky 3:15 Break 3:45 Ernest Hovingh - Penn State 4:30- 6:00 Visit Trade Show 6:00 - 8:00 Dairy Awards Dinner -Keynote Speaker Wednesday, February 26 (All Times are Central Time) 8:00 AM Registration & Trade Show Open 8:20 Welcome – Dr. Richard Coffey, University of Kentucky 8:30-9:15 Dairy Alliance Speaker 9:15-10:00 Ernest Hovingh- Penn State 10:00 Break 10:30-11:15 Dairy Alliance Speaker 11:15-12:00 UK Speaker 12:00-12:45 Shelley Meyer 12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch - KDDC Annual Business Meeting – Trade Show Exhibits (Bidding Ends on Silent Auction Items) 2:00 – 2:45 KDDC Speaker 2:45-3:00 Wrap up and Evaluations Holiday Inn Hotel room rate is $105 and room block ends January 15, 2020 Call 270-745-0088 under KY Dairy Partners Tentative Schedule subject to change
  9. 9. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 9 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dairy Producers - PRE-REGISTRATION FORM - Dairy Farmers only Young Dairy Producer/KY Dairy Partners Conference February 25-26, 2020 ADDRESS FIRST ATTENDEE HOME PHONE SECOND ATTENDEE CELL PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS NO. OF COWS COUNTY Check all that apply: ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT KYDAIRY.ORG Dairy farmers: • There is a charge of $30 per dairy farm family to attend Feb 25 and/or Feb 26 (LIMIT 4 PER FARM) • There is also a charge of $50 per hotel room night. • Both fees are payable at the conference but please send registration to the address below. ___Acknowledge $30 charge per dairy farm (one charge for one or two days-not each day) ___I will attend the YDPC on Tuesday, Feb 25 (full day of meeting.) ___I will attend Ky Dairy Awards Banquet Tuesday evening , Feb 25 ___I will need a hotel room for Tuesday night, Feb 25. Cost is $50 per room night for a dairy farmer available to qualified young producers (n/c for KDDC board members). ___I will attend Wednesday, Feb 26 - Ky Dairy Partners Meeting and lunch All fees payable to KDDC at the conference. Mail registration form to: Ky Dept of Agriculture • c/o Eunice Schlappi • 111 Corporate Drive • Frankfort, KY 40601 Or email to: If you have any questions, contact Eunice Schlappi at 502-545-0809
  10. 10. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 10 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Kentucky Dairy Partners Annual Meeting (2020) – Exhibit & Conference Reservation February 25-26, 2020 – Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY ADDRESS NAME OF COMPANY WHAT TYPE OF DISPLAY DO YOU HAVE? (FULL FLOOR, TABLE TOP, PULL-UP?) REPRESENTATIVE CELL PHONE EMAIL ADDRESS Allied Industry - Booth & Conference Registration: REGISTRATION ALSO AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT KYDAIRY.ORG _____________= $400 Booth space* includes booth space and (1) two day registration – all meals included _____________Indicate below if you are a Platinum or Gold KDDC sponsor or if you are government/education group: _____________*Platinum KDDC sponsors – free booth space, (1) free two day conference registration _____________* Gold KDDC sponsors ‐ $300 booth space, (1) free two day conference registration _____________ *no booth charge for government, educational, etc. (HOWEVER, does not include attendee registrations) _____________= $50/person Tuesday - Young Dairy Producers Meeting/banquet Feb 25 x_____________ (number attending) _____________= $50/person Wednesday - KDP conference registration Feb 26 x_____________ (number attending) _____________= Total amount enclosed ‐ Please make checks payable to: KDDC (KY Dairy Development Council) Ky dairy producers will be charged $30 per dairy farm for the two day conference (limit 4 attendees) – separate registration Yes, we would like to provide a door prize ‐ list item:_________________________________________________________ Yes, we would like to provide an item for the silent auction– list item:_____________________________________________ LARGER THAN 10’X6’? NEED ELECTRICITY? Mail registration form to: Ky Dept of Agriculture • c/o Eunice Schlappi • 111 Corporate Drive • Frankfort, KY 40601 Or email to: If you have any questions, contact Eunice Schlappi at 502-545-0809 HOME PHONE
  11. 11. NAAB Name NM$ Rel% CM$ PTAM Rel% 7HO12821 EVEREST 963 92 996 1,488 97 7HO12788 FRAZZLED 948 94 957 2,096 99 7HO13454 ROCKETFIRE 937 90 945 2,999 96 7HO12659 PASSAT 930 92 938 1,705 97 7HO12819 OUTSIDERS 884 92 889 2,251 98 7HO12421 MILLINGTON 874 96 902 1,540 99 7HO12266 YODER 872 99 900 1,020 99 7HO13504 JAGUAR 838 88 876 1,487 93 7HO12864 INFERNO 822 90 845 921 94 7HO13334 PHANTOM 821 93 848 2,256 98 12/19 CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation: All bulls, except YODER, qualify for semen export to Canada. 7HO12788 FRAZZLED7HO12788 FRAZZLED Pine-Tree 9839 Fraz 7613-ET Photo by Herges Customer satisfaction is guaranteed when you choose Select Sires-home to breed leaders for both NM$ and CM$. Contact your local Select Sires representative today to add these elite sires to your breeding program. 7HO12421 MILLINGTON7HO12421 MILLINGTON S-S-I La 17798 Genevieve-ET (VG-86-VG-MS) Larson Acres, Inc., Evansville, WI, Photo by Fisher 7HO13454 ROCKETFIRE7HO13454 ROCKETFIRE S-S-I Rocktfir 5033 8223-ET (GP-80) Photo by Herges
  12. 12. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 12 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Kentucky 4-H Places Sixth at National 4-H Contest The 98th Annual National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was held September 30, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Kentucky 4-H team traveled to several farms beforehand practicing and preparing for this event. The team members for the 2019 Kentucky 4-H Dairy judging team are Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Casey Montgomery and Tyler Moehrke. The team was recognized several times throughout the evening. Overall, the Kentucky 4-H team placed sixth in the contest. Team member Casey Montgomery placed 14th overall in the contest, while team members Kelly Baird and Tyler Moehrke were 27th and 28th overall in the contest. In the breed awards, Kentucky was third in Brown Swiss, second in Guernsey and second in Holstein. The team was also fourth place team in oral reasons. Kelly Baird was fifth in Guernsey and third in Holstein. Madison Goodlett place 8th in Guernsey. Tyler Moehrke placed ninth in Guernsey. Casey Montgomery was sixth in reasons and second high individual in Holstein. There are several people we thank for their continued support of the Dairy Judging program. First we want to thank the University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy Crew for hosting the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest each year. The following breeders served as host for the workouts: Fairdale Farm, Owenton, Keightley-Core Jerseys, Salvisa, and EKU Stateland Dairy, Richmond. We also thank the following sponsors for all their help and financial support: Elanco-Andi Branstetter Cook, Select Sires of MidAmerica-Dan Johnson, Michael Smith, Steve Smith, Melinda and Rick Barber, Venture Grant by the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, Oliver and Virginia Payne 4-H Dairy Endowment, Kentucky Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky State Fair. Bland Baird, coach, Casey Montgomery, Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Tyler Moerhke, and Larissa Tucker, coach.
  13. 13. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 13 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Producers Responded: 169 (about 36 % of producers responded) Average Age of Producer in the 4 regions: 42,49,59,54 Total Cows: 17,696 Average Cows/Herd for the 4 regions: 77, 205, 72, 116 Where do you market your milk? All markets were represented What are your plans for the next five years? a) Continue milking – 128 b) Transition to next generation –23 c) Discontinue milking –16 d) Other explain – 5 Would you expand your herd if markets were available and dairy was more profitable? Yes- 71 No-70 What programs have you participated in with KDDC? a) MILK Program –102 b) Milk COUNTS –57 c) Summer/Wisconsin Tour –36 d) Annual Meeting –57 e) Energy Grants –30 Did you know KDDC has a website? Yes –72 No –85 (some don’t have computer) Do you receive the KDDC Milk Matters newsletter? Yes -154 No –13 Do you receive KDDC’s e-newsletter? Yes - 41 No –109 (76% of these do not have computer) Comments: Continue to improve profitability and sustainability for our farms to help involve the younger generations so there will be a dairy future for the state of Kentucky, ALL GOOD!, Raise prices and keep them up, Continue helping dairy farmers, Continue helping with manure management plan, Make local milk competitive with out of state milk, We have needs but I am not aware of what is available, Continue to push for whole milk to be back in schools, Keep helping to promote dairy in our state, I appreciate what you’re doing, more profitable, market milk to schools get whole milk in schools, keep helping dairy farmers, try to provide a better market, keep up the good work, every little bit helps, more grant money, pay more on the coverage program, support and promote family dairy farms in KY, markets and pricing, support supply management, Improve export contracts, put a cap on number of cows a large dairy can milk, help be more profitable, continue to keep Ky dairy farmers operating, breed more jersey for component, KDDC has done a whole lot, continue the good work, get all the dairy industry on the same page, better prices, keep working to improve milk market. KDDC Producer Survey Results
  14. 14. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 14 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dixie Dairy Report December 2019 Cheese at its highest price in five years. For the first time since 2014, the monthly cheese price, used to set federal order prices, is over $2.00/lb. The November cheese price is $2.1723/lb. which is over $0.70/lb. higher than last November. Barrel cheddar propelled the higher cheese price by increasing almost $0.40/lb. from October to November. After being $0.22/ lb. lower than blocks in October, barrels were $0.13/lb. higher than blocks in November. The high cheese price resulted in a November Class III price of $20.45/cwt., again, the highest price, since 2014. Higher cheese prices are the result of: 1) Lower inventories. Since May, American cheese inventories have been below the same month a year ago with the October 31 inventory 9% lower than last October. 2) Strong demand. In October domestic cheese consumption was 3.4% and exports 11.6% higher than last October. 3) Lower production. October American cheese production was 3.2% lower than last October. Looking ahead, cheese prices are retreating, but still much higher than a year ago. As of December 4, CME block cheddar and barrel are $1.9750/lb. and $2.2525/lb. respectfully. Cheese prices are anticipated to decline from current levels, as production increases, but prices are projected to remain significantly higher than a year earlier through the first half of 2020. The price of nonfat dry milk powder (NFDM) keeps climbing. The November NFDM price is $1.1540/lb., the highest since 2014. Factors propelling high powder prices are: 1) Increased exports. The volume of milk powder exported in September was a record for any September. 2) Strong domestic use of powder by bakers and confectioners. 3) Increased use of powder and wet solids for cheese milk standardization. Currently, the domestic NFDM price is about $0.20/lb. lower than the world price. The NFDM price is projected to continue to move upward in 2020, and will be a primary reason for higher milk prices next year. The butter price is dropping. Since July, the butter price has declined every month with the November CME butter price the lowest in three years. Reasons for the decline include: 1) Increased butter production. Production up 5% in October. 2) Expanding inventories. Inventories have increased each month since July. 3) Heavy butter imports, and lower world prices continue to put downward pressure on the domestic butter price. Butter prices are projected lower in 2020, compared to recent years. DAIRY PRODUCTS SALES REPORT (DPSR) PRICES* Product NOV 19 OCT 19 NOV 18 NOV 17 ($/lb) Butter $2.0869 $2.1599 $2.2677 $2.2810 Cheese (block) $2.0987 $2.0569 $1.5246 $1.7475 Cheese (barrel) $2.2280 $1.8379 $1.3433 $1.7450 Cheese Weighted Avg $2.1723 $1.9694 $1.4463 $1.7617 Nonfat Dry Milk Powder $1.1540 $1.0957 $0.8860 $0.7553 Dry Whey $0.3071 $0.3396 $0.4626 $0.3587 *Dairy product prices used to calculate federal order class prices More milk and cows. For the fourth consecutive month, milk production is higher than a year earlier. October production is 1.3% higher than last October. Of the 24 milk reporting states production was higher in 17 and lower in 7 states. Texas continues as the production leader, up 9.3%. October production was 2.8% higher in California and up 1.0% in Wisconsin. Estimated cow numbers at the end of October were 9.327 million head. Cow numbers have increased 10,000 head over the past two months. However, the nation’s dairy herd is 40,000 head less than last October. It is interesting to note, cow numbers in Texas are 31,000 more than a year ago while Pennsylvania has 30,000 less cows. In the three southeast reporting states, October production is up slightly in Georgia and Florida, but Virginia continues its decline. Higher production in Georgia and Florida is due to more milk per cow. In Florida, October milk per cow is over 3% higher than last October Poor quarter for fluid milk sales. Fluid milk sales, combined, for the three southeastern federal orders were 2.1% lower during the third quarter of this year compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Third quarter changes for the individual orders were: Appalachian down 2.2%, Florida down 1.5%, and Southeast Order down 2.5%. Fluid sales, declining more than production, is a continuing challenge for the Southeast States. Blend prices. November blend prices, in the Southeastern federal orders, are projected about $0.50/cwt. higher than October in the three southeastern federal orders. December blend prices are projected to be $0.50 to $0.75/cwt. higher than November. Due to the change in the Class I Mover calculation, Southeast dairy farmers will not see all of the recent cheese prices gains in upcoming milk checks. In parts of the Appalachian and Southeast orders, the November Class III price will be higher than the order blend price. SOUTHEAST MONTHLY MILK REPORTING STATES OCT-OCT Georgia Florida Virginia Total (Production) (million lbs) OCT 19 136 172 119 427 OCT 18 135 170 128 433 Change % 0.8% 1.2% -7.0% -1.4%
  15. 15. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 15 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Prices FMMO 5 November 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 21.54 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 22.73 FMMO 7 November 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $21.94 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 23.13 PROJECTED BLEND PRICES–BASE ZONES – SOUTHEASTERN FEDERAL ORDERS Month Appalachian Florida Southeast ($/cwt. 3.5% butterfat) October 2019 $20.17 $22.00 $20.65 November $20.58 $22.54 $21.17 December $21.07 $23.34 $21.74 January 2020 $20.91 $22.97 $21.40 February $20.66 $22.89 $21.34 March $20.13 $22.43 $20.68 *Projections in bold Looking forward to 2020. Our projections show blend prices in the three Southeastern federal orders averaging about $1.25/cwt. higher in 2020 compared to 2019. However, two factors can easily change the projection. They are production and sales. There is concern higher milk prices will spur on more milk production. Hopefully, dairy farmers will think twice before expanding, remembering the consequences of too much milk. On the sales side, domestic demand is enjoying a good year. We are optimistic this will continue as the economy remains strong. On the export side, powder exports are moving up. And, whey exports should improve next year as Asia rebuilds its swine population. Overall, we are optimistic for higher milk prices in 2020. Best wishes to all of you for a blessed and joyous Christmas season.
  16. 16. Key Changes: • Employer groups of one may be eligible for small group plans. • Husband/wife employer groups may be eligible for small group plans. • Employer groups of 5 or more can choose 2 plan options. • Employer groups of 10 or more can choose 3 plan options. For more information, please contact: ASSOCIATION ADVANTAGE INSURANCE GROUP We’ve Got Your Members Covered! Anthem of Kentucky has revised their eligibility guidelines for KDDC Association Group Health Plans. Cassie Grigsby Association Advantage Insurance Group (502) 875-1593 Melissa Hinton The Hinton Agency (859) 351-6559
  17. 17. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 17 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Spencer County FFA Notched Seventh Consecutive National Title Patti Huertgen, Online Media Manager “ A huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution.” That is the definition of juggernaut, and Spencer County FFA in Kentucky has certainly earned the description after claiming their seventh consecutive National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Contest title. And, keep in mind, once a student judges in this contest, they cannot judge again. This means 28 national champion students in seven years. Few high schools in any discipline can demonstrate this type of dominance. Each student places six classes representing three breeds (Holstein, Brown Swiss, and Jersey), gives three sets of reasons (one per breed), and takes a written test, which includes evaluation of Dairy Herd Information (DHI) records. The points earned are then added to a group presentation score. This team activity includes evaluating a farm and providing feedback in the form of an oral team presentation where all four youth discuss the farm’s recommended animal health protocols. Team Results Kentucky FFA’s team members were Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Tyler Moehrke, and Casey Montgomery, and were coached by Bland Baird. All four Spencer County FFA members earned gold rankings and the team won the presentation portion of the contest. Prairie Central FFA in Illinois trailed Kentucky by 30 points and placed second. This Illinois FFA team consisted of Ashlyn Kratochvil, Ainsley Kratochvil, Jacob Raber, and Addie Raber. Amery FFA in Wisconsin placed third, just nine points behind Illinois. Team members were Courtney Glenna, Kathrine Elwood, Hailey Clausen, and Ella Williamson. The top three teams are invited on the International Dairy Judging Tour next summer in Europe. They will compete at the Royal Highland Show in Edinbugh and tour a dairy operation in Scotland and Ireland as well as historic locations. Chehalis FFA from Washington placed fourth. Team members included siblings Gary and Lauryn Young, Cassy Schilter, and Kaylee Keehr. Illinois, Wisconsin, and Washington all had three gold and one silver emblem individuals among their teams. Ionia FFA in Michigan and Maquoketa Valley FFA in Iowa had all four team members earn gold emblems and placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and California. Additionally, Billings FFA in Montana, Plainview-Elgin-Millville FFA in Minnesota, and North Iredell FFA in North Carolina also earned gold team emblems. North Carolina was the only other team with all four students earning gold rankings among the 43 state teams. FFA Individuals The individual honors tally the combination of classes, reasons, the written test, and DHI record evaluation, while excluding the team presentation score. Not to be outmatched by Kentucky’s win, Miriam Cook of Ionia FFA dominated the contest winning by an amazing 43 points! She won the Brown Swiss, Jersey and oral reasons portions. Courtney Glenna of Amery FFA had the high score on the written exam with 132 points out of a possible 150. The overall top individuals receive cash awards. Here are the top 10: 1. Miriam Cook, Michigan FFA 2. Isaac Rott, Minnesota FFA 3. Kelly Baird, Kentucky FFA 4. Ian Black, Michigan FFA 5. Julia Heijkoop, Florida FFA 6. Lauryn Young, Washington FFA 7. Laurel Gray, North Carolina FFA 8. Kinley Topp, Ohio FFA 9. Courtney Glenna, Wisconsin FFA 10. Jacob Raber, Illinois FFA Dairy Handlers Contest In a separate contest, the dairy cattle handlers activity is evaluated during the Dairy Cattle Evaluation contest in Indianapolis, Ind. The leadspeople for the judging contest each won their state contest and presented the animals for the FFA members to judge. As leadspeople, they were evaluated for their skill at presenting the animal they were given. The top three individuals were Katheryn Longenecker of Central FFA in Pennsylvania, Perry Baird of Woodbury FFA in Tennessee, and Austin Baker of Providence Grove FFA in North Carolina.
  18. 18. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 18 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 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 Classified Ads 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
  19. 19. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 19 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund F or the past 10 years, Madison Dyment has been evaluating dairy cattle. All those years of dedication paid off when she recently won first overall individual in the 2019 World Dairy Expo’s Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest. She also took first place in oral reasons and in two breed categories. “I’ve always immersed myself in the dairy industry,” said Dyment, who is a senior studying agricultural communications in the UK Department of Community and Leadership Development and print journalism in the UK School of Journalism and Media. “I’m always observing and judging them informally. My stepdad, Jamie Howard, has always been my personal coach. He’s pushed me and helped me become who I am. He’s the best cow person I know.” Howard also judged dairy cattle while in school at UK many years ago. Dyment also credits her collegiate coach, Derek Nolan, with much of her success. “We are constantly practicing,” she said. “On the way to the World Dairy Expo, we spent two days going farm to farm, judging and evaluating different cows and then giving oral reasons about them. He cares so much about our team, and he loves the industry. He really wants us to have the best overall experience.” Nolan is a doctoral student in the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He teaches the dairy judging class and has coached the dairy judging team for the past two years. “I am very excited for Madison,” Nolan said. “I know how much time and effort she put in to get to this point. We had a pretty good feeling going into the competition that she could win. It’s a great accomplishment for her and for our program.” Dyment came to UK from Burgessville, Ontario. She plans to attend graduate school upon graduation. She would like to continue studying agricultural communications and become a professor someday, giving back to the industry she loves so much. UK Student Triumphs in 2019 World Dairy Expo Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest Aimee Nielson, University of Kentucky (L to R) Dave Selner, executive director of the National Dairy Shrine; UK student Madison Dyment; Derek Nolan, UK doctoral student and team coach; and Larissa Tucker, UK senior extension associate for Dairy Youth Programs. Photo submitted.
  20. 20. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 20 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund I t seems like every year we gladly see a miserable summer come to an end. We all know how hard the summer is on us dairymen and dairywomen, and excuse some of our cow’s decreased performance on the extreme heat felt in the southeast. It seems as though these summers are lasting longer and longer, and when they do finally come to an end and the weather breaks, we expect the flood gates to open on milk production. If it doesn’t, we begin to wonder why? This is when our phones start ringing with clients expecting more milk production and wondering what buttons we can press to achieve these desired higher levels of cow performance. Every year some herds are able to switch gears from survival mode through sweltering summers, to a higher gear and see the cows take off. As the years go on and we see the gaps widen between the haves, in terms of Quarter 4 milk production, and have-nots; it begs the question of what are the “haves” doing right? In this brief article, I would like to pass forward a few trends some herds are executing to achieve desired fall and early winter milk production success. Forage Carry-over: One of the best things we can do for our cows in this type of weather and season transition, is to have fully fermented forage in storage. The main reason we like to see fermented forages being fed is starch digestibility. As you can see below, starch reaches near optimal digestibility in corn silage after 18 weeks. This is crucial because starch that isn’t utilized passes through in manure. The goal is less than 3% starch remaining in manure. For every point above that, we are leaving around .75 lbs of milk on the table. It is not uncommon to see fecal starch run around 10% on herds that switch to new crop, shortly fermented corn silage. As such, we would be leaving 5.25 lbs of milk on the table. I sometimes preach this point about feeding fermented old crop silage and am reminded all farms simply do not have more than 12 months of storage capabilities, nor have the acreage to harvest more than that. Also, our dear friend mother nature can have something to say about what we grow and what we do not. With this in mind, I still believe there are things we can do to help switch gears to achieving these desired milk production levels in transition time, even without keeping an extra 6 months of corn silage on hand. First, we need to harvest corn silage at optimal moisture, between 68 and 72 percent moisture. Also, we need to focus on kernel processing; the goal would be above 60 on the KPS. These two factors can drastically improve starch digestibility. I also believe genetics are crucial when discussing seed corn varieties. Some of the newer, soft kernel (floury) types, as well as BMR corn silage can feed shortly fermented like they have been in the trench for 6 months. Dry Cow Heat Stress: Its easy to look at cows calving in cooler weather (October and November) and ask why their performance isn’t better. A simple reason may be the time period they were dry. I often see peaks higher for cows calving in July than in November. One of the main reasons for this is the stress on fall calving cows during their dry period. A recent research trial showed 14 lbs of milk difference for peak milk for cows experiencing heat stress in the dry period vs. cows that did not. According to a recent NAHMS Dairy Study, nearly 80% of our dairy farms provide fans on their lactating cows, while less than 50% provide fans on their dry cows. Researchers believe milk yield reduction is due to impaired blood flow through the dry cow’s udder over the last two months of pregnancy. The udder is rapidly growing over this period in preparation for the next lactation. The impaired blood flow stunts udder growth, which means they possess fewer functioning mammary cells with reduced secretory capacity. As a result, they will produce less milk and become disadvantaged while calving. In summary, I want to pass along two of the key things I see as opportunities to help us as we transition our cows from summertime stress to maximizing milk production as the weather breaks. It is important we account for days in milk and component percentages while we shift gears. Summertime can be dreadful, however I truly believe, if we focus on our cows and our forages, we can make the most of milk production and cow performance in the early part of winter. Thank you for all you do. Winter Is Here… Why Aren’t My Cows Milking More??? Joe Sparrow
  21. 21. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 21 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund S outhland Dairy Farmers have partnered with Jill Castle, a registered dietitian, child nutrition expert, author, and mom, to help educate consumers about the importance of a healthy diet and sensible eating practices for children. Jill Castle, MS. RD. is a 27+ year veteran of pediatric nutrition with years of training and experience in the specialized field of nutrition for infants, toddlers, children, and teens. Jill knows that raising healthy eaters is not easy, but through her experiences she knows that you can raise a healthy eater and a healthy child. Jill feels strongly about what she calls the “trifecta of child nutrition”: • Food and Nutrients • Nurturing feeding practices • Childhood development Through our partnership, we have produced a series of short videos that are now available on our webpage and through our social media outlets to address the issues of dairy products and childhood nutrition. Among the issues discussed are: • Dairy Alternatives vs. Whole Milk Products • Early Childhood Brain Development • The Benefits of Chocolate Milk for Kids • Research Updates on Whole Milk • Modern Childhood Nutrition In addition to our videos, Jill will create and write a quarterly white paper dedicated to education about, and promotion of, the nutrition and health values of dairy products which will be posted on Southwest / Southland Dairy Farmers digital platforms and social media. These white papers will address the “cutting edge” issues for current dairy nutrition wisdom and conversations that are now taking place. Using digital marketing practices, our partnership will help get Jill’s engaging dairy nutrition messages to consumers. Our organization is pleased to join forces with Jill Castle to provide her expertise with our dairy mission to inform and promote “Milk, a part of everything that’s good.” To find out more information on Jill Castle and to view the newly released video series, please visit www. Jill Castle and Southland Dairy Farmers Partner for Child Nutrition
  22. 22. November - December 2019 • KDDC • Page 22 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dairy Delivers Mealtime Inspiration In collaboration with Eat Y’all, The Dairy Alliance took 12 Chef Camp attendees to learn about dairy. Eat Y’all helps family farms and food producers connect with chefs seeking to provide better ingredients to the community. To create this connection, in partnership with The Dairy Alliance, Eat Y’all routinely offers free Chef Camps to provide information about locally produced foods to the community’s chefs. There, chefs can find inspiration for their next tasty creation while learning where these ingredients come from. One of these two-day offerings took place at Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin, KY. Beginning as a dairy before focusing in the cheese business, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese is part of a second-generation dairy farm owned by Kenny Mattingly that offers over 20 cheese varieties. The modern dairy farm includes a robotic milking system, allowing the cows to milk whenever they wish. Part of the fluid milk is sold while the remainder goes to producing their award-winning cheeses. Camp attendees were treated to a tour of the facility, including seeing the robotic milking machines in action and a visit to the calf barn. The guests saw the dairy farm’s creamery and its cheese caves before enjoying a cheese tasting. The days on the farm were spent sampling various cheeses, skeet shooting, hayride tours of the land and learning all about dairy for the chefs. The location was perfect for enjoying charcuterie board appetizers and cheeseburger dinners featuring the dairy farm’s signature cheeses, which the chefs prepared for each other while sharing cooking techniques. The event inspired new offerings from these chefs, and they knew just where to get the delicious cheese needed for these creations! New Milk Dispensers for Fleming County The Dairy Alliance assisted Fleming County Director of Nutrition Services Jan Anderson with obtaining new milk dispensers for Fleming County Schools. Two of the schools in the system, Ewing Elementary School and Simons Middle School, launched new milk dispenser programs featuring white and 1% chocolate milk, with The Dairy Alliance providing promotional educational materials for students interested in learning more about the importance of milk. Anderson reports that Fleming County students continue to be big fans of the bulk dispensers, enjoying how cold the milk is in the new equipment and having the opportunity to go back for multiple servings of milk. With these bulk milk dispensers in place, Kentucky’s students can’t deny their love for fresh milk!
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  24. 24. 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503 859.516.1129 ph Non-Profit US Postage PAID JAN 07 KDDC Board Meeting, Nelson County Extension Office 10:00 EST JAN 13 Alltech Meeting Christian County Extension Office 11-3 CST JAN 14 Alltech Meeting, Taylor County Extension Office, 11-3 EST JAN 15 Alltech Meeting, Barren County Extension Office, 11-3 CST JAN 16 Alltech Meeting, Fleming County Extension Office, 11– 3 EST JAN 16-17 Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Ag Industry Trade Show Owensboro Conven- tion Center, Owensboro, KY JAN 20-22 Georgia Dairy Conference, Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA Calendar of Events FEB 11 Kentucky Proud – KDDC Legislative Breakfast, Capital Annex Building 7:00 A.M. EST FEB 12-15 The Kentucky Farm Machinery Show, Exposition Center Louisville, KY FEB 25 Dairy Awards Banquet, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY 6:00 P.M. CST FEB 26 Kentucky Dairy Partners Meeting and Industry Trade show, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green KY 8:30 A.M. CST MAR 18-19 Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Busi- ness Conference Madison, Wisconsin APR 03-04 Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale, KY Exposition Center, Louisville, KY