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  1. 1. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 1 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk MattersJ u l y - A u g u s t w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g KENTUCKY Supported by Agriculture Seeing Uptick in Consumer Trust During Pandemic page 6 Show Results page 16 Dairy Calves Need Water inAddition to their Milk and Starter page 18 more photos on page 22 KDDC Milk Distribution Beth Cox and HH Barlow U SDA partnered with regional and local distributors, whose workforce had been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. USDA began with the procurement of an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers have provided a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. KDDC has partnered with Borden’s and Prairie Farms to distribute milk and dairy products. To date KDDC along with Borden’s and Prairie Farms have given away more than 16,000 gallons of milk, 48,000 14 ounce bottles of flavored milk, 12,000 containers each of cottage cheese, sour cream, french onion dip and cream cheese. KDDC’s free milk distribution has been an exciting and very successful venture. It’s a win, win, win situation helping the dairy farmer by using a lot of milk. It helps the processor in moving a lot of product. Most of all, it helps people in need with nutritious food and helps consumers by introducing a variety of products to the recipients of the dairy box. One area that has not been discussed is the volunteers who have served at every location helping KDDC staff pass out the dairy boxes. Each box weighs approximately 30 lbs. and after several hundred boxes, they get heavy. Every truckload has 1,200 boxes to distribute. We certainly appreciate all the folks who have helped at each location, including 4-H and FFA members, Prairie Farm employees, area development district employees, Farm Bureau members, dairy farmers, food bank and church members. One particular volunteer at the Casey County free milk day needs special recognition. Dr. A. F. Brown is a retired dentist in Liberty, where he practiced dentistry for 37 years. Retiring in 1999, he has remained active particularly as a local Farm Bureau director. What caught my attention that day was watching this elderly gentleman pick up box after box, never taking a break. I asked his age and he replied that he was 89 1/2. His energy level was amazing. I asked if I could interview him. He really didn’t want to talk about himself. He heard about the giveaway and thought maybe he could help. I asked him his secret for such good health and longevity. He paused a moment, then proudly proclaimed he had been a Christian his entire life and was very active in church. What a great testimony to God and a real role model for all of us. I also asked if there was any special food that had contributed to his good health. He said not really, he just ate what his wife, Mary, put in front of him. I thought that’s good advice as well. Thank you, Dr. Brown, for being an inspiration and thank you to all the other volunteers who have helped. KDDC would like to thank all the many volunteers for helping distribute the dairy products and a huge thank you to Borden’s, Prairie Farms, and Owen Transport. As of now KDDC will continue the milk distributions through August.
  2. 2. July - August 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 859.699.2998 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 PO Box 293, 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 A fter watching our country fight the pandemic for four months, that seems like four years, one of the lessons we have learned is that each section of our country needs different policies and rules to succeed. I think most of us that have spent our life in the dairy business realize that this is true for our industry also! The idea that having a large part of our milk production under the management of one large conglomerate has not worked out the way a lot of us envisioned. Having dairy farms in central Kentucky grouped with farms all the way to the Canadian border, and Indiana farms in with farms to the Mississippi line makes it hard to find a consensus among producers. Although they are divided into different “counsels” their lines are not necessarily drawn to match producers needs. Moving milk around the country looks easy on a computer screen but there is a large cost in doing so. And guess who pays the bills. No, we cannot stick our heads in the sand and think our region’s milk is all that matters, all dairy farmers have some of the same values and for sure the love of caring for our cows. But all of us deserve a level playing field. To use a term my predecessor used, we need to find the value of local milk and we need to be fairly compensated for it. Thanks! Warren Beeler To Serve On Beshear’s Agritech Advisory Council G rayson County native Warren Beeler will serve on the inaugural Kentucky AgriTech Advisory Council. In an announcement last week, Governor Andy Beshear said that the goal of the task force is to help the state become “America’s AgriTech capital.” “AgriTech is the future of agriculture, and Kentucky is uniquely positioned to embrace and deliver on it,” Beshear said. “Being the global leader in the AgriTech industry not only will make Kentucky’s farms more productive and efficient, but also will benefit every citizen and every region of the commonwealth in creating industry and jobs.” The governor will chair the committee with Beeler, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto also being members of the 22-person council. Beeler currently serves as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy. The announcement of the council comes after Beshear announced a partnership with the Dutch government to help bring AgriTech to the commonwealth.
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  4. 4. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 4 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Executive Director Comments H H Barlow W ho could ever believe block cheddar cheese could be as low as $1.00/lb. in early April and then set an all-time high of $3.00/lb. on July 13? This is a 300% increase in three months. These are unprecedented times. Cheese is the only commodity that has experienced these lofty price increases. We here in the southeast have not seen any of these price increases yet because we face a two-month lag period in our pricing compared to CME commodity prices and milk futures. The higher prices WILL COME in our August 15 check for July milk. Dixie Dairy report predicts at least a $4.00 increase in August and another $1-$2 increase coming in the September check. Unfortunately, the roller coaster continues and who knows what will happen past September if schools do not open and restaurants close their doors again. I am praying we can soon put the pandemic behind us. Let’s focus on some good news. KDDC is having some fantastic days in late June, July and August. Who would ever believe you could give away 1,200 boxes of dairy products in three hours? It is true as KDDC has distributed 12 semi- loads of milk so far with several more loads scheduled through August. It is all made possible through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP allocated $3 billion for food purchases with dairy products getting close to a billion dollars purchased for free distribution. I have never been involved in a more humanitarian endeavor in my life. It creates a new large demand for milk, which helps the farmer, gives the processor new outlets for products and most of all, helps the needy and consuming public with great nutritious food. The looks on people’s faces and the gratitude expressed by folks when you place free 30 lb. boxes of dairy products in their car are priceless. It has been a collaborative effort between KDDC and processors—Prairie Farms and Borden’s. They were awarded the government contracts to process the free dairy products and they needed help in distribution. This is where KDDC stepped in as a non-profit organization which made us eligible for distribution. KDDC staff has set up all of these free distributions in different locations across the state and physically handled giving the products away with help from volunteers, such as 4-H, FFA and area development district employees. With all our June Dairy Day events cancelled, it has been great to have the milk giveaways. The loss of these dairy celebratory events leaves a void for all of us involved in dairying. It’s a 365 day/year job and these events have always Milk — A Roller Coaster Ride
  5. 5. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 5 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund given an opportunity to take a little time to focus on the good involved with being a dairy farmer. At this writing, it appears we will have a state fair youth dairy show. 4-H and FFA members have been showing at district dairy shows. I say hallelujah!! We have not lost these events. One recent highlight for me was attending the Barren County Dairy Show. They have a pre-4-H class with ten little people holding a halter calf. The future of dairy looks great viewing this picture. To continue with the future of Kentucky dairying, KDDC has six meetings scheduled in early October. These events are targeted to young dairymen for education and building excitement for future leaders. Dr. Jeffrey Bewley will be our featured presenter. Times and places will be published in our next newsletter. Thankfully, we have had very few dairy liquidations in 2020. The CFAP and DMC have provided funding to keep dairymen afloat during these horrible prices. The future must be market driven and not more government payments. Another cancellation was the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. This news was disappointing since KDDC has sponsored a trip there for several years. To replace the Wisconsin trip, we are planning to sponsor a trip to the Georgia Dairy Conference in January. We will tour dairy farms and attend the meeting in Savannah. Please start making your plans to attend. The KDDC MILK Program, as previously explained, has changed dramatically. The cancellation of dairy processor support demands we change focus in helping our dairymen improve profitability and sustainability. Staff and board members are working diligently to create a new program for 2021-2022. We at KDDC have not lost our desire to be engaged with each Kentucky dairyman. We are visiting farms, helping with energy grants, helping with quality issues and encouraging dairymen to hang in there. It does appear the last half of 2020 will have much higher milk prices. Please keep a positive attitude and hopefully we can enter a period of thriving instead of just surviving. It sure is hot so eat plenty of ice cream!! 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
  6. 6. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 6 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Agriculture Producers Seeing Uptick In Consumer Trust During Pandemic Lisa Tolliver A n unexpected benefit of the coronavirus COVID- 19 pandemic for farmers and other agriculture producers has been the uptick in confidence and trust from consumers. The pandemic cast a magnifying glass on the importance of the country’s food supply and where that supply is generated. When the pandemic fears reached its peak, consumers found some grocery store products were scarce. Not only were toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer hard to find, but the availability of meat products were reduced, as well. Rather than an actual shortage of meat, many large meat producers rushed to adopt new guidelines to safely operate. Meat processing companies adapted to protect food supply and frontline workers to keep employees safe and follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control to slow the spread of COVID-19. For consumers, it meant meat at the grocery store wasn’t always a guarantee. Consumers turned to farmers for help. Kyle Turpin with Summitt Meat Processing said beef shortages at major grocery chains sent consumers to them for fresh beef. He shared his story during a LAND forum in June that discussed how COVID-19 has impacted agricultural producers. LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking and Development) is a joint effort between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM). A series of forums were scheduled across the commonwealth this summer to connect agricultural and manufacturing interests. Turpin said the increase is carrying over into potential business now at large retailers and new customers at farmers’ markets. “The pandemic definitely changed the landscape for meats,” he said. He’s not the only one seeing the benefits of direct customer contact.
  7. 7. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 7 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Small meat processors, like Hampton Meats in Hopkinsville, are working to capacity right now, slaughtering 60-80 head of cattle per week. Their customers are farmers who, by law, are having their beef processed at the USDA facility so they can sell it directly to customers. Hampton Meats is booked up to capacity the rest of the year. Justin Hampton, the second generation to run the family- owned business, said the recent meat “shortage” was not a shortage of beef but a shortage of workers to process the meat. Some consumers also had a difficult time finding dairy products at the store. A series of dairy giveaways, which began in June and funded by the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, helped some consumers tackle this food insecurity. Milk, including regular, chocolate and strawberry, along with cottage cheese, cream cheese, French onion dip and sour cream were products given away during the events. “This is extremely neat because, in that box, there maybe a dairy product that somebody might have never tried, so he or she could become a new customer,” said H.H. Barlow, Barren County dairy farmer and the Kentucky Development Dairy Council executive director. Barlow and other KDDC members helped with the milk distribution at some events. Non-conventional producers have also witnessed the benefits of direct consumer interaction. Allison Horseman of Lavender Farm at Woodstock said they worried they would have to shut down because of the pandemic. Instead, walk up business and online sales made for a big spring so far. “We’ve had a huge uptick in online orders from people who want to support local,” she said. Even farmers’ markets are seeing a surge in consumers as the public focuses on where their food comes from and the importance of supporting local farmers. Lexington Farmers’ Market and Community Farmers’ Market in Bowling Green are two examples of markets that are successfully coping with the current coronavirus pandemic. Both farmers’ markets moved to larger outdoor spaces, spreading out their vendors and giving their customers more space for social distancing. Lexington Farmers’ Market Manager Josh England said the change was well accepted by customers, who have rewarded some vendors with weekly sell-outs. “Business is actually up, which is not typical,” he said. During the spring, England said several farms at the market sold out of their entire vegetable products for several weekends in a row. “You usually don’t see sell-outs in early spring vegetables. Usually people don’t get as excited about baby spring lettuce as they do about other crops,” he said. “I never imagined it {pandemic] would be as life changing as it’s been. We’ve been working to make sure our farmers have an outlet for their crops.” At the Community Farmers’ Market in Bowling Green, manager Susan Warrell said while customer count has been drastically down in the spring, vendor sales were much better than normal. “I would venture to say that they are spending the majority of their food budget on local food here at our market,” Warrell said. “Our social distancing and reduced foot traffic rules are working. People aren't loitering around or just walking through looking at everything. They're here to buy local.”
  8. 8. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 8 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Value-Added Growth is Key to Some Dairy Operation Successes Tim Thornberry, KFB Turning Milk Into Profit-Making, Value-Added Products Is Helping Some Dairy Farm Families Carry On Multi-Generational Traditions T he dairy industry has a long and storied history in the Commonwealth; one that is steeped in tradition and can be traced back for generations. In fact, if you ask any dairy producer why they continue in such a demanding sector, they will likely list tradition as one of their deciding factors. Taking that into consideration, coupled with the growth of value-added products and the local food movement, many dairy farm families are finding new opportunities by turning their milk into a variety of dairy products and selling these products straight from the farm. Terry Rowlett and his family, who are long-time dairy farmers in Henry County, have taken the step of creating Rowlett’s Milkhouse Creamery, finding new uses and customers for their dairy milk. “My father and our family moved to this farm in 1974, and it was a dairy at that time,” he said. “In addition to the dairy, we also grow about 50,000 pounds of tobacco, about 100 acres of corn for silage for our dairy, and we cut approximately 1,500 rolled bales of hay each year for our cows. With what we own and what we rent and lease, we're farming close to 1,000 acres.” Most Kentucky farms have operated in a diverse manner for years, but as the tobacco-growing economy shrank, the need to find new ways to sustain family farms became more prevalent. Rowlett is simply adding to an operation that was already diversified, but this venture brings customers a little closer to products from the farm; a trend that has seen growth over the last several years and has significantly expanded in the wake of COVID-19. “In December 2019, things started looking up for the dairy industry, and prices began to improve,” he said. “It seemed like some of the trade negotiation deals had come through, and we were moving more milk or dairy products offshore. Plus, dairy farmers had cut back a little bit.” But things changed for most of the agriculture industry when the virus struck, and the economy slowed to a crawl. However, the decision made about the expansion of their dairy business by Rowlett, his sister Sharon, who is co-owner of the farm, and wife Sandra, came well before the coronavirus. “We decided by the end of 2017 and early 2018 that we had a choice; we either had to add some value to our milk somehow, or we were just going to have to quit the dairy,” he said. “For lack of better words, our bills were a lot higher than our milk check.” The Rowletts decided to create an off-farm store where customers could buy products like cheese, ice cream, and butter. As part of that decision, they invested in pasteurization equipment to ensure they could use the dairy milk coming straight from their farm. “We are taking milk that may not have made a profit and turning it into products that will,” said Rowlett. Carl Chaney and his family saw the need to diversify their dairy operation many years ago and are continually striving to improve upon what likely turned out to be a farm-saving enterprise. “This dairy was started in 1942 by my father, James Riley Chaney, who milked over 20 cows a day by hand,” he said. “And over the years, he grew the dairy as technology advanced. He loved the Jersey breed and won many awards for his efforts in breeding top Jersey cows.” That love for the breed and the industry was passed on to Carl, who bought the herd from his father in 1985. But the dairy industry hit some difficult times, and Carl, along with wife Debra, and their three children, all of whom were – and still are – very involved in the farm, knew something had to change. “With more housing developments pushing toward the farm, doing business as usual with the dairy was just not going to be sustainable, and we felt like we didn't want to have to struggle as much as we did when we were just milking cows,” he said. “Milk prices are so cyclical: they're up, and then they're down for quite a while, and then they're up a little bit, and then they're down again, and it's just frustrating to work every day, as hard as you work, to just continue pushing uphill.” In 2003, the decision to start Chaney's Dairy Barn was made, which created a farming destination of sorts complete with tours, local food, and what has now become world famous ice cream. Since then, the Chaney family has continued to move forward, first investing in a new barn to optimize cow comfort, then adding a state-of-the-art Lely A4 robotic milking system. But the latest change could prove to be the biggest so far. In 2017, Chaney’s youngest daughter, Elizabeth, made the move to begin the process of pasteurizing milk on their farm to allow them to sell fluid milk, make value added products, and most importantly, provide an ice cream mix to Chaney's Dairy Barn.
  9. 9. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 9 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund This latest investment to the business has yielded great results so far. Chaney said there have even been times when local groceries have sold out of their milk. “We've been so blessed that people have continued to support us and help us,” he said. “We're open at the Dairy Barn, and things are going pretty well. We're running about 45 to 50 percent of the sales from last year because of the situation with the coronavirus, but we're excited to be open. We're tickled that our employees have jobs and that they can count on that money to help with their families.” Chaney sees a chance for better days ahead with milk prices on the rebound and the world opening up again, but it has been the hard work and dedication of his family (and families like his) that has helped the dairy industry continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s agriculture industry. University of Kentucky Dairy Scientist Earns National Recognition Aimee Nielson D onnaAmaral-Phillip’s goal is to educate dairy farmers, industry personnel, veterinarians and Cooperative Extension agents on the fundamentals of dairy nutrition and management. Her efforts recently led the American Dairy Science Association to honor her with the 2020 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award. Amaral-Phillips serves as an extension professor for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The DeLaval Dairy Extension Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in dairy extension. The award recognizes the winner’s valuable and noteworthy contributions to the dairy industry through extension in the broad areas of production, manufacturing, marketing and youth work. The recipient must be active in dairy extension when nominated, have at least 10 years of work with an educational or public institution and have been a member of ADSA for at least five successive years. Her extension education program centers on applying sound, science-based nutrition recommendations for replacements and lactating dairy cows. She often uses hands-on demonstrations and facilitates farmer-led discussion groups. She was the project leader for DAIReXNET, a national eXtension-driven dairy web resource, which provided dairy-related audiences with science- based, peer-reviewed materials and educational opportunities. “DAIReXNET illustrated what was possible when extension and research faculty and county extension educators work together collectively on a national basis to provide educational opportunities to end users, such as dairy producers, allied industry personnel, consumers and undergraduate students,” she said. Amaral-Phillips has been a co-coordinator for the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl for 32 years. The national event is designed to increase the knowledge of dairy foods and production while building life skills in the next generation of industry leaders. For more than 20 years, Amaral-Phillips has been actively involved in the interdisciplinary Master Grazer project, designing grazing systems for all ruminant species. She is the editor and author of many articles in a monthly newsletter for Kentucky Cooperative Extension educators and the dairy industry. She has authored or co-authored 52 peer-reviewed extension articles and more than 350 popular press articles. “Some of my most fulfilling extension work in Kentucky has happened while sitting around a kitchen table or standing in a commodity shed and listening to the concerns of farmers and their families,” she said. “Sometimes my most impactful work has nothing to do with dairy science, per se, but it is always related to some aspects of a family’s farm or business.” Amaral-Phillips has served on numerous ADSA national committees and has served as president of the Southern division of ADSA. She has received the Southern ADSA Honor Award and the UK Whitaker award for Excellence in Extension. Amaral-Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in nutritional physiology from Iowa State University. She accepted the DeLaval Dairy Extension Award during the ADSA’s recent virtual annual meeting. Amaral-Phillips serves as an extension professor for the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Photo by Steve Patton
  10. 10. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 10 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dr. George Heersche, Jr. Retires Larissa Tucker D r. George Heersche, Jr. retired June 30, 2020 after serving 45 years as Extension Dairy Specialist. He has been a member of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky for 42 of those years. During that time, he has been a mentor to Kentucky youth and assisted them in gaining valuable life skills. He has coached three National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest winning teams during his tenure and has given his assistance to the ten National FFA Dairy Cattle Career and Development Event winning Kentucky teams. He also serves as the chairman of the management committee for the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest and is one of the co-superintendents of the North American International Livestock Exposition Invitational Dairy Cattle Judging Contests. He began the dairy quiz bowl contest in Kentucky and began the North American Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest. George served as the Kentucky State Fair 4-H Dairy Show Superintendent for 20 years. Any time youth dairy events are held Dr. Heersche has been there to help and support our Kentucky youth. In addition to his youth responsibilities, Dr. Heersche has provided expertise in reproduction management. He has helped farmers trouble shoot reproductive problems in their individual herds and been an outstanding speaker at field days and workshops across the United States. Many look to him for his advice in estrus synchronization protocols and artificial insemination tips. George has also collaborated on many research projects and served as a mentor to the graduate student who teaches the advanced dairy cattle evaluation course. George and his wife Kathy have been married for 51 years. They have three children Scott, Kimberly, and Charla Heersche and two grandsons Ryan and Sam Heersche. Kathy and George served as foster parents to 13 children. They are both active members of Faith Lutheran Church in Lexington. Please congratulate Dr. George Heersche, Jr. on his retirement and wish him the best as he begins this new chapter. As a recognition to George’s many years of 4-H youth work, an online giving page has been established to benefit the Kentucky 4-H Dairy Program. The web page link is https:// The contributions are going to an account within the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. An event to honor George will be held at a later date. Are You Getting Farmshine?? Farmshine is a popular dairy publication based out of Pennsylvania. It is a weekly newspaper publication covering timely and important dairy and agribusiness news. KDDC has provided each Kentucky dairy producer and young dairy producer with a subscription. If there is anyone that is not receiving a copy of Farmshine please let your KDDC Dairy Consultant know.
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  12. 12. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 12 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dairy commodity prices move higher. All DPSR commodity prices, except dry whey, increased in June. The leading gainer by far is cheese, with a historical $0.92/lb. increase from May to June. The June cheese price is the highest since 2014. At the CME, block cheddar set seven new record highs in June topping out at $2.81/lb. on June 23. Higher CME prices will move the DPSR cheese price higher in July. There is strong demand for fresh cheese. Consumers are purchasing more cheese to eat at home, pizza sales are strong, restaurants especially fast food are reopening, USDA is purchasing large volumes of cheese for donation programs, and May cheese exports were 8% higher than a year ago. Butter and nonfat dry milk powder (NFDM) prices gained in June as well, but still remain below a year ago. Butter is more dependent on food service than cheese, and the butter inventory is at a historical high. We project the butter price will remain well below year ago prices for some time. The NFDM price was helped by May powder imports 25% higher than a year ago, and increased use of powder to fortify cheese production. NFDM prices should continue to advance, especially if exports remain strong. The dry whey price is hampered by more product. May dry whey production was 8.9% higher than last May. Reports indicate the demand for higher value whey products, used in nutritional supplements and sports drinks is declining. GNC, the nation’s largest nutritional store chain and a major seller of whey-based products, declared bankruptcy and is closing many of its retail stores. Whey plants are shifting production from higher valued whey products to dry whey. Lower milk production. May milk production was 1.1% lower than May a year ago. This is the first month over month decline since last May, and the lowest May production since 2016. Cow numbers declined 12,000 head from April. However, the primary reason for less milk in May was milk per cow almost 1.6% lower than a year ago. Dairy farmers quickly responded to milk reduction programs implemented by many cooperatives and plants. Only six of the 24 reporting states increased production in May. California was down 1.2% and Wisconsin 2.2%. In the three Southeast reporting states, Florida and Virginia production in May was flat compared to last May, and Georgia was 1.9% lower due to less milk per cow. Milk price inversion. A milk price inversion is when the Class III price is higher than the federal order blend price. June will see a “historic” milk price inversion due to the Class III price significantly higher than the other milk classes. The June Class III price, due to higher cheese prices increased $8.90/cwt. from May to June, the largest month to month change in history. Class II only increased $0.69/cwt. and Class IV $2.23/cwt. Due to advanced pricing, the June Class I mover declined $1.53/cwt. from May and is $9.62/cwt. lower than the Class III price. As a result, June blend prices in the three southeastern federal orders will be lower than the Class III price. Outside of the southeast, all orders except one, use multiple component pricing. In these orders the producer price differential (PPD) will be a large negative number. A Class III price higher than the order blend, and a negative PPD leads to large volumes of Class III milk not pooled on federal orders. Not pooling Class III milk makes the inversion even greater. We expect the milk price inversion to occur again in July. The July Class I Mover Dixie Dairy Report July 2020 Calvin Covington DAIRY PRODUCTS SALES REPORT (DPSR) PRICES * PRODUCT JUNE 2020 MAY 2020 JUNE 2019 JUNE 2018 ($/lb) Butter $1.7067 $1.3074 $2.3663 $2.3756 Cheese (block) $2.2566 $1.3049 $1.7461 $1.6470 Cheese (barrel) $2.1482 $1.2641 $1.6075 $1.5549 Cheese weighted ave $2.2152 $1.2990 $1.6910 $1.6150 Nonfat Dry Milk Powder $0.9106 $0.8492 $1.0431 $0.8150 Dry Whey $0.3638 $0.3818 $0.3643 $0.3086 * Dairy product prices used to calculate federal order class prices FEDERAL ORDER CLASS PRICES – MAY AND JUNE 2020 AND PROJECTED JULY 2020 CLASS MAY 2020 JUNE 2020 CHANGE ($/cwt.) @ 3.5% fat Class I Mover $12.95 $11.42 -$1.53 Class II $12.30 $12.99 $0.69 Class III $12.14 $21.04 $8.90 Class IV $10.67 $12.90 $2.23 PROJECTED* BLEND PRICES – BASE ZONES – SOUTHEAST- ERN FEDERAL ORDERS MONTH APPALACHIAN FLORIDA SOUTHEAST ($/cwt. at 3.5% butterfat) May 2020 $15.14 $17.29 $15.39 June $15.51 $16.73 $15.90 July $18.99 $20.79 $19.54 August $20.71 $23.10 $21.33 September $19.93 $21.82 $20.41 October $19.63 $21.52 $20.13 * Projections in bold
  13. 13. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 13 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Prices FMMO 5 July 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 19.96 August 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $23.18 FMMO 7 July 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $20.36 August 2020 Class 1 Advanced Price (3.5%BF) $23.58 increased to $16.56/cwt. However, the July Class III price is projected around $22.00/ cwt. Due to the change in calculating the Class I Mover, implemented a year ago, the Class I mover does not reflect all of the higher cheese price. The Class I Mover now is an average of the advanced Class III and IV prices plus $0.74, not the higher of. Under the previous Mover calculation, the July Class I Mover would be $19.13/cwt., or $2.56/cwt. higher. The large difference between the Class I and Class III prices may create challenges in procuring milk for fluid milk plants. Blend prices. As shown below the June Florida blend price is projected about $0.50 lower than May. Due to more Class III milk, blend prices in the Appalachian and Southeast orders are projected about $0.40/cwt. higher than May. The projections assume lower volumes of Class III pooled compared to normal. If more Class III is pooled, the blend prices will be higher. If less Class III milk is pooled, blend prices will be lower. A large blend price increase is projected in all orders in July, due to a higher Class I Mover, and a further increase in August. Dumped milk. Using USDA data published in the June 19, 2020 issue of Farmshine, we estimate, during the month of April in all federal orders, about 300 million more lbs. of milk was dumped or used for animal feed. This 300 million lbs. represents about 2.2% of all federal order producer milk in April. Estimated April milk, dumped or used for animal feed, in the three southeastern orders: ESTIMATED MILK DUMPED - ANIMAL FEED IN SOUTHEASTERN ORDERS – APRIL 2020 ORDER DUMPED-ANIMAL FEED (MIL.LBS.) % OF TOTAL PRODUCER MILK Appalachian 4.0 0.9% Florida 29.5 13.6% Southeast 12.6 3.3%
  14. 14. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 14 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Supreme Showman Tyler Berryman – Jessamine County Shelbyville Supreme Showman Tyler London - Metcalfe County Southern KY Liberty Supreme Showmanship Elise Carpenter- Russell County
  15. 15. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 15 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Supreme Cow - Caleb Lipps - Shelby County Reserve Cow - Brock Ward - Owen County Supreme Heifer - Emily Goode - Casey County Reserve Heifer - Virginia Sageser Supreme Heifer - Tyler London - Metcalfe Co. Reserve Heifer - Sophie Franklin - Shelby Co. Supreme Cow Grant Roadcap-Shelby County Reserve Cow - Temple Strader - Grayson Co. Supreme Heifer - Kelly Manion- Allen County Reserve - Bree Russell- Barren County Supreme Cow - Elise Carpenter - Russell Co. Reserve Cow - Emily Goode - Casey County
  16. 16. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 16 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Supreme showman Lynne Marie Tormoehlen Tollesboro Supreme Showman Tyler Berryman - Jessamine County Harrodsburg Edmonton Supreme Showman Bree Russell - Barren Co.
  17. 17. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 17 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Supreme Cow - Lynne Marie Tormoehlen Supreme Heifer - Virginia Sageser - Shelby Co Reserve Heifer - Caleb Lipps - Shelby County Supreme Heifer - Taylor Graves - Boyle Co. Reserve Heifer - Emily Goode - Casey Co. Supreme Cow - Grant Roadcap - Shelby Co. Reserve Cow -Haley Butler - Spencer Co. Supreme Heifer - Tyler London - Metcalfe Co. Reserve Heifer - Colton Huffman - Metcalfe Co. Supreme Cow - Caden McIntyre - Metcalfe Co. Reserve Supreme Cow – Caden McIntyre – Metcalfe County (lead by Colton Huffman)
  18. 18. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 18 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dairy Calves Need Water in Addition to their Milk and Starter By Donna M. Amaral-Phillips, Extension Professor and Dairy Nutritionist, University of Kentucky B y 3 days of age, baby calves should be provided water free-choice in addition to their calf starter and milk or reconstituted milk replacer. Depending on the environmental temperatures and calf health, young calves may drink a quart or more of water daily. As temperatures increase, calves will drink more water. Water intake also increases as calves eat more starter. Generally, calves drink 4 parts water to every part of calf starter consumed. Calves drink water more frequently than cows, thus the need to have water available at all times. In the winter, calves will drink more water when provided warm versus cold. Why Provide Water to Baby Calves? Providing free-choice water is not only needed for hydration, but also and more importantly, for rumen development. Providing water free-choice increases starter intake and weight gain. In a research study, depriving calves of drinking water decreased starter intake by 31% and decreased weight gain by 38% over those calves provided water free-choice. Remember that weight gain, especially related to muscle and skeletal growth, during the first 2 months of life is positively correlated to first-lactation milk yield. Calves fed water free-choice also had a lower incidence of scours. Free-choice water along with a high-quality calf starter results in rumen development, which allows the calf to transition to a diet containing primarily forages and other fibrous feedstuffs. When calves are fed milk, milk does not enter the rumen but rather the calf’s true stomach or abomasum. When calves nurse or drink milk, a nervous stimulation results in the closure of the esophageal groove that allows milk to go directly from the esophagus into the abomasum, bypassing the rumen itself. Thus, milk or water added to the milk will not enter the rumen and provide a moist environment for the bacteria to grow in the rumen. These rumen bacteria produce volatile fatty acids (VFA’s) that result in the development of the rumen papillae, which, in turn, absorb the VFA’s that provide nutrition to ruminants. Ways to Provide Water: Calf hutches or individual stalls - Ideally, calves should be provided water away from buckets containing calf starter. When
  19. 19. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 19 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund starter and water are located side-by-side, calves often drip water into the starter, thus increasing the chances of wet feed that can mold. Also, by providing water at the front of the hutch, labor efficiency can be improved since the person replenishing water can walk in a straight line versus weaving through the hutches (see pictures). Automatic calf feeders - For calves fed through an automatic calf feeder, automatic waters are provided in each pen of calves. These waterers should be selected and installed such that the top is no higher than 28 inches from the floor and provide water that is at least 3 inches deep. Access to these waterers should be unobstructed to allow unlimited access to water. Just like waterers for the milking herd, they should be emptied daily and cleaned and scrubbed with a brush using a weak bleach water (1/4 cup bleach in 1.25 gal water) at least weekly. Take-home message - Baby calves need water free-choice for optimum and cost-effective growth. Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. For More Information: Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. 1483 Old Summersville Rd. Campbellsville, KY 42718 Office 270-465-2679 Tony 270-469-0398 Vince 270-469-5095 Penta 4030 Tire Scraper J&D Head Locks Roto Grind 1090 Hagedorn 5440 Manure Spreader Silage Defacer Tire craper 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 Office 270-465-2679 Tony 270-469-0398 Vince 270-469-5095 • 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
  20. 20. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 20 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Home cooking and the use of dairy in preparing daily meals may be the standard for some families but with circumstances that everyone has had to cope with in 2020, cooking at home became the normal way of life for many additional families this year. Southwest and Southland Dairy Farmers have worked to develop a campaign that reaches those who have a long-standing tradition of cooking at home and welcome those who are adjusting to a new method of preparing their daily meals. Share the Tradition, Share the Nutrition will feature dairy recipes and cooking tips, nutritional information and promotional messaging that focuses on the family and mealtime at home. We are inviting families to the dinner table to focus on treasured moments together and enjoying the goodness of dairy at mealtime. Share the Tradition, Share the Nutrition 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 ClassifiedAds
  21. 21. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 21 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund The Dairy Alliance Partners with Adair County Food Bank to Provide Milk to Families D uring the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are turning to their local food banks for access to nutritious foods. However, with a lack of refrigeration available, these food banks and pantries often cannot hold enough of perishable items such as milk to meet demand. Access to fresh milk is vital for families, as dairy products remain a good source of essential nutrients for our diets. As the Southeast region’s dairy farmers continue working hard to ensure the nutritious milk their cows produce is available for consumers in their communities to purchase and consume, The Dairy Alliance sought ways to provide this milk to those who need it most. To help bridge the hunger gap and nourish local communities, The Dairy Alliance and the Southeast’s dairy farmers provided coolers and fresh milk to smaller food banks seeing an increase in demand. The Adair County Food Bank in Columbia, Kentucky, is one of these banks to partner with The Dairy Alliance to provide milk to local families. After seeing a need for additional milk in the community following the early effects of the pandemic, The Dairy Alliance began a conversation with the Adair County Food Bank to implement a milk program that will provide more families with milk during the pandemic and beyond. The grant awarded funds a long-term milk program that provides a customized Undeniably Dairy cooler, supplies a one-time purchase of fresh half-gallons and gallons of real milk and connects the food bank with a processor for a continuing milk supply. The grant ensures that the refrigeration will only store real milk. "Adair County Food Bank is grateful for the help to serve the community in this time of need," said food bank supervisor Michelle Fruth. Since installation in May, Adair County Food Bank has moved about 40 gallons of milk a week through the new coolers to local families.
  22. 22. July - August 2020 • KDDC • Page 22 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund
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  24. 24. 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503 859.516.1129 ph Non-Profit US Postage PAID AUG 20-30 Kentucky State Fair, KFEC, Louisville, KY AUG 20-21 4-H and FFA Dairy Cattle Show AUG 21 The Third Annual KY State Fair Junior Dairy Cheese Auction, West Wing State Fair, 6:00 P M SEPT 15 On Farm Best Management Practice Workshop, Barren Co SEPT 16 On Farm Best Management Practice Workshop, Adair Co. SEPT 21 KDDC Board Meeting, Adair County Extension Office, 10:00 CDT OCT 5 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Christian Co., TBA OCT 6 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Adair Co., TBA OCT 7 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Barren Co., TBA OCT 8 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Marion Co., TBA OCT 9 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Henry Co., TBA OCT 14 Dairy Future’s Meeting, Logan Co., TBA NOV 6-10 North American International Livestock Show, KY Fair and Exposition Center DEC 11 KDDC Board Meeting, Adair County Extension Office, 10:00 AM CST Calendar of Events