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KY Milk Matters November/December 2021

  1. 1. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 1 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Matters N 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 K E N T U C K Y Supported by Commissioner Praises Contributions of Female Farmers Ahead of Kentucky Women in Agriculture Day page 5 Kentucky Dairy Partners Annual Meeting page 8-10 Data Tells The Story That Genomics Works Even In Small Herds page 14 Chaney’s Milk Now Sold in 41 Kroger Stores Across Kentucky and Indiana A win for dairy in Kentucky as Chaney’s welcomes Fishmarket and Kroger into its family of retail partners. In the making since they started bottling milk back in June of 2019, Chaney’s is incredibly excited to finally see their efforts come to fruition. “We are so pleased a Kentucky Proud milk product will be available in Kroger stores across the commonwealth,” Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles said. Fishmarket and Kroger have proven time and time again their commitment to supporting local farmers and purchasing local products. Elizabeth Lunsford, owner of J.R. Chaney Bottling Company fulfilled the family dream of bottling the milk from the jersey cows on their fifth generation family dairy farm back in June of 2019, a project that took almost 2 years to complete. “At day one Houchens jumped on board welcoming us into some of their top performing Crossroads IGA and Houchens stores across the Bowling Green and Glasgow area. We would not be where we are without them.” said Elizabeth Lunsford. “We are just so appreciative of their faith in us from day one. We are now in around 25 of their stores across the area” As a result of a Kentucky Proud local food meeting put on by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture back in 2019, the Chaney family was connected with Steve Smith with FishMarket and Eric Hilton with Kroger. Over time they stayed in touch, and as Kroger began to grow its local food offerings, Chaney’s was a product that checked a lot of boxes for them. “I wanted these big accounts at day one” explained Elizabeth. “But now, being two years into this, I am more confident than ever that the product we are bottling is of the upmost quality, giving us time to work through all new equipment hiccups and really dial in our temperatures and processes”. explained Elizabeth. “The growth has been incredibly exciting, and being able to share a product we are so passionate about with so many people across Kentucky, is just such an amazing feeling, and something generations before would be so proud of” “We’re extremely excited to work with Kroger,” fourth- generation farmer Carl Chaney said. “This new venture not only allows our farm to remain sustainable for future generations, but brings our quality milk to new customers. Our milk comes from 100 percent Jersey cows. It’s high quality milk. It just tastes different.” The Chaney family has hopes that being able to help put a face to their milk, not only helps with growth of their product, but also provides an advantage to the entire dairy industry. Kroger is offering Chaney’s whole, chocolate, 2% and half and half in various sizes. The whole and chocolate milk are a true whole product and are not standardized. The Chaney family feels that in addition to being all jersey milk, this is another key differentiator for them. The Chaney family expresses sincere gratitude to all individuals who have supported them along this journey. To learn more about Kroger and other retail partners of Chaney’s milk, please visit https://www.chaneysdairybarn.com/ where-can-i-buy-it.
  2. 2. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 2 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2021 KDDC Board of Directors & Staff Executive Committee President: Freeman Brundige Vice President: Charles Townsend, DVM Sec./Treasurer: Tom Hastings 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: Elizabeth Lunsford Alltech 859.553.0072 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 kddc@kydairy.org DC-Central: Beth Cox PO Box 144, Mannsville, KY 42758 bethcoxkddc@gmail.com 859.516.1619 • 270-469-4278 DC-Western: Dave Roberts 1334 Carrville Road, Hampton, KY 42047 roberts@kydairy.org 859.516.1409 DC-Northern: Jennifer Hickerson PO Box 293, Flemingsburg, KY 41041 j.hickersonkddc@gmail.com 859.516.2458 KDDC 176 Pasadena Drive • Lexington, KY 40503 www.kydairy.org KY Milk Matters produced by Carey Brown President’s Corner Freeman Brundige N othing raises my spirits and reaffirms my love of the dairy business like seeing the most beautiful cows in the world and the great people who bred them and/or take care of them. I have been fortunate enough to get to attend the Ky State Fair this summer, and the World Dairy Expo and the North American Dairy Show this fall. I am very proud that the NAILE had large increases in entries in almost all breeds. Seems like these days, even though some of us are still showing, the seniors among us congregate and tell tall tales about shows and cows remembered years and even several decades ago. What wonderful times to relive. No one ever says I wish I had never started doing this. And we all realize that the friendships we have made, many from far away farms, are more important than how the cows placed years ago. I know I have been down this road before, but I still hope in this day of larger and larger dairies that there can remain a personal attachment to the cow. The creator of our whole industry! We still are facing lots of challenges in our ability to have a profitable business. KDDC is trying to work on different fronts to help influence the decisions being made to be of the best interest of both our Kentucky farmers and our neighbors in the other Southeast states. Hopefully, some of the needed assistance will be available during this holiday season. Maybe we can all find a little time to be thankful for the good things that we still enjoy in this high-pressure business. I do think there are some trends and programs that could give us some better days ahead. More and more people are starting to understand the situation we are and have been in concerning our pricing and marketing problems
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  4. 4. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 4 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Executive Director Comments H H Barlow T he holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving has been celebrated many ways in my life. I remember as a boy, my mother would make a big pot of tomato soup and a tray of peanut butter and crackers that we would eat in the tobacco stripping room. Dad and Mom, my two older sisters and me. Dad loved Thanksgiving break because he knew we would get a lot of tobacco stripped those three days we were out of school. I wasn’t happy about spending Thanksgiving that way but looking back, we were together with no TV, no cell phone, and we talked… something that is too easily lost today. Obviously, our family Thanksgiving evolved from the tobacco barn to, now, one of our big family events…Enjoying a large meal together and playing in our own Turkey Bowl…a Barlow football game full of fun, except for the occasional tiff among our competitive boys. But it’s all about family, togetherness and having fun. Just think about it, the freedom, and the beauty of where we live, the abundant food for our tables and the gathering of loved ones. We are blessed beyond measure, so let’s pause, reflect, and thank God for our lives and blessings. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, let’s think about what binds us dairymen all together…It’s our COWS, the one thing we all have in common, regardless of our farm size or diversity of operations and equipment. The cows are the constant. What is it about those cows that we build our lives around them? These gentle giants with their big eyes and wet noses that are 100% dependent upon us for their existence. They cause us a tremendous amount of labor. They are very expensive to feed, house and milk 365 days a year with no holidays. However, they reward us with their production and provide us the income we need to live. It’s definitely a synergistic relationship…We take care of them, and they reward us. People ask me often, “Why do you continue to milk cows?” I quickly answer, they are my therapy, walking among them, having them rub up against me or even nudge me for a good scratch or rub without a word or complaint. I know being a dairy farmer is an extremely tough business, but I hope, during these holidays, you can look at your cows as a gift. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to work with and shepherd these wonderful animals. My last several newsletters have been pretty challenging to report. Now, good news for most anyone in the dairy business. I believe we are headed into a season with a more positive outlook. Milk prices today and futures prices both look much higher than we experienced for much of 2021. There are many factors contributing to this encouraging outlook that should give us a sustained period of better prices, hopefully for the next six months. Demand for milk products is robust and exports are higher than ever. Milk production across the world is down. Europe and Oceania are producing much less than last year. In the Netherlands, environmentalists are demanding they cut their milking herd by 25%. This crazy mentality could spread throughout Europe. In America we must prepare to resist these flawed ideas that it will significantly help the environment. And do they not understand the need for food and what a valuable food source milk is especially in protein and calcium. Not only is production down overseas, but the milking herd in the US is down by over 100,000 cows since last summer. Milk production in October was .5% less than a year ago. All Class III and Class IV futures prices are over $19 for every month in 2021. Things can change quickly, but I believe the future looks much brighter. Of course, input costs continue to rise, especially feed, labor, fuel and crop costs. Good management of the entire farming operation will be more critical than ever to secure a sustainable profit. KDDC’s new MILK 4.0 program has several tools that can help you navigate these higher input costs. Please contact your consultant to get signed up. There are financial awards available if you are on DHIA and can show improvement in your pregnancy rate and somatic cell count over the last 12 months. Don’t forget our genomic testing program. MILK 4.0 will provide the testing for around $13/sample. This tool can accurately identify your top animals needed to breed for replacements, as well as identifying animals which can be bred to beef sires for a more valuable crossbred calf. I’m happy to announce the hiring of Patty Holbert from Larue County as our new dairy consultant for the central region. She has a lifetime in the dairy industry with many roles from owning her own dairy herd to being a consultant for a national dairy company. We miss Meredith Scales, but I think Patty is a worthy new employee, ready to advance our dairy farmer’s success. I started my comments with stories of my Thanksgiving experiences. I’m closing my comments by asking each of us to focus on the Christmas season and the real reason for Christmas. Christmas trees are beautiful, giving and receiving gifts are very exciting and getting together with families and friends is wonderful, but we must never forget the true reason for our celebrating. There are troubles all around our country and there is only one answer to the destruction, polarization and discontent that appears everywhere…That ANSWER is the LOVE of Jesus Christ. Please join me in serious prayer for our country, our friends and enemies and petition God to heal our land. God bless each and every one of you this Christmas and raise a glass of egg nog and custard to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
  5. 5. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 5 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Commissioner Praises Contributions of Female Farmers Ahead of Kentucky Women in Agriculture Day NUMBER OF FEMALE FARMERS ROSE IN 2017 USDA AG CENSUS R ecognizing the importance of women in Kentucky’s farming sector, Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles spoke at the annual Kentucky Women in Agriculture (KIWA) annual conference in Lexington, a day before the state officially celebrated “Kentucky Women in Agriculture Day,” on Tuesday, October 19. “Anytime women find a seat at the table in any profession, it’s a win,” Commissioner Quarles said. “That follows true in agriculture, as well. Recent survey data has shown women make up nearly 40 percent of our producers. I was happy to join Kentucky Women in Ag today to help celebrate the contribution our female producers have to our farm economy.” KWIA’s membership is comprised of women who own and operate farms and agribusinesses, as well as agriculture entrepreneurs, state and federal personnel, ag educators and students, and consumers. The annual conference provides attendees with the opportunity to network and nurture a recognized agriculture and agribusiness community. By empowering women through education, involvement, and action, KIWA has a positive influence on Kentucky agriculture. That influence is important, as the number of female farmers in Kentucky keeps growing. In 2017, 42,946 women farmed in Kentucky, up 36.7 percent from the number identified in the previous 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) census. Of those, 33,550 were involved in making day-to-day decisions on the farm, 26,215 were the principal producers on their farms, and 12,648 listed farming as their primary occupation, the census found. The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. USDA will start collecting information for the next census in 2022.
  6. 6. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 6 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund On-Farm Grain Storage: A Game-Changer for Many Producers Farmers see many advantages to storing their grain crops at home Kentucky Farm Bureau A s Hurricane Ida made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi, no one could predict the damage it would cause including stopping most river traffic. And while the flow of barges has somewhat returned to normal, the fear of many farmers was how to get their grain crops on their way to export markets by way of the Mighty Mississippi. Kentucky Farm Bureau Second Vice President Sharon Furches said, while many people don’t realize the importance of the waterways as an essential part of the country’s overall infrastructure, she and husband Tripp, owners and operators of Furches Farms, know all too well if river traffic stops, grain leaving the farm becomes an issue. “We had about 80,000-bushel capacity back in 1992,” she said. “We have strategically added to that over the years and today we have 600,000-bushel storage and the infrastructure to dry and manage those bushels. We have come to depend on the ability to store grain, but still need those grain barges to keep moving.” And while the Furcheses said they didn’t have a crystal ball to look into the future, they saw the multiple advantages such storage facilities would have for their farming operation some time ago. “As the farm grew, we knew we needed more on-farm storage, and that became a big piece of our marketing plan,” she said. “The importance of it really elevated for us in particular years when marketing was kind of a make-or-break thing for the farm.” From purely a marketing standpoint, on-farm grain storage made sense for Furches Farms. “The stars don't always align, but this year we have higher prices in the grain market, and we have good yields at this point in time,” Furches said. “We're hoping that all of that continues, but both of those things together make on-farm storage even more important.” But add a hurricane into the mix and consider the quantity of grain from this area that travels down the Mississippi River, and you’re left with wide-spread impact across the region as barge traffic slowed to a crawl after the August storm came through. While little normalcy has returned to the situation, Furches said there was a period of time when some producers were looking at a very difficult situation when it came to storage for their harvested grain. “Not everyone contracts their crop or grain, and if they don't, the elevators on the river were at a point where they had been forced to limit the grain that they can take, because of the backups caused by the hurricane, only accepting grain that they had under contract,” she said. Even with the situation improving these circumstances serve as an example of just how valuable on-farm grain storage can be. Caldwell County Farm Bureau President Craig Roberts, and owner of Roberts Farms, has been proactive in his efforts to install storage for his grain crops, one of which is white corn. “In 2011, we put in two 55,000-bushel bins and a 10,000-bushel wet tank and a looped system. This year we added a 200,000-bushel bin,” he said. “And having good storage capability has been a game-changer.” Over the years, Roberts has created a network of storage bins in addition to these and plans to add another 10,000-bushel bin for soybeans. For him, having adequate grain storage is as much about economics as it is convenience. “We watch the markets every day and I have already sold corn for the 2022 crop; it’s contracted for December of ‘22, and I’ve already sold some soybeans for the fall of ’22,” he said. “The price was right, and I hated not to, and who knows, we could see seven- or eight-dollar beans next year. I don't think we will, but I can say, "Hey, I've got some sold at $12.” Having the ability to store large amounts of grain has enabled Roberts to be market-savvy not only for sold grain, but also in watching barge freight charges. “The hurricane affected freight prices on barges. But for years, at this time, barge freight has gone up and that cuts the farmer’s dollar on soybeans and corn,” he said. “If you have the storage facility to hold that grain until after the first of the year, and see that those prices have dropped some, it has helped me a lot.” Bill Clift of C&C Ag Enterprises LLC, who constructed the most recent grain bin on the Roberts’ farm as well as the original facility, fully understands how beneficial those bins can be, especially in a year like 2021. He touted timeliness as a key factor that makes on-farm grain storage such an asset, along with increased farmer autonomy and crop quality control. “Granaries are getting tougher and tougher to deliver to during fall harvest. To facilitate harvest, the farmers, including myself, want to be able to store the grain and worry about getting it to market afterwards,” he said. Clift, who has been constructing grain bins for 25 years, has seen an increase in demand for his services building on-farm grain storage facilities.
  7. 7. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 7 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund “We built a lot of bins in 2013 and it’s just been a steady climb since then. And we’ve gone from building just basically single grain bins to now there’s people that, they’re wanting to do the whole facility,” he said. Furches looks at grain bins as a necessity as opposed to a luxury. “It's an absolute necessity, and the sizes of these bins can vary depending on whatever is appropriate for an individual farmer,” she said. “We have had people ask us to store grain for them and we just don’t have any extra storage to spare right now. As crops get bigger and dealing with market situations gets harder, you can’t afford to find yourself in a situation where you need storage and don’t have it, not to mention the difficulties Mother Nature can throw at you.” S outhland Dairy Farmers are making it possible for any high school athletic program to refuel athletes with chocolate milk by introducing the “Team Up With Chocolate Milk” program. Our organization has created this grant program to provide up to $2,500 to sports teams for the purchase of chocolate milk for an entire season. Applications are accepted through our website (www. southwestdairyfarmers.com or www.southlanddairyfarmers. com) for each sports season during the outlined time periods. If your program’s application is accepted, your sports program will receive chocolate milk for practices and games and will give students the opportunity to see why chocolate milk is the ultimate recovery beverage. Each school that participates in this program will agree to display signage at sporting events, a visit from the Mobile Dairy Classroom and multiple other requirements that will promote Southland Dairy Farmers and chocolate milk as the ultimate recovery beverage. This program will be available for winter, spring and fall sports with separate application deadlines for each one. The goal is for teams to continue drinking chocolate milk after the grant has come to an end. No matter how you choose to stay active, Chocolate Milk is the original sports drink that can help you stay at your peak. With 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, Chocolate Milk can restore energy and rebuild muscle. It contains an optimal carbohydrate to protein ratio, which is critical for helping refuel tired muscles after strenuous exercise and can enable athletes to exercise at a high intensity during subsequent workouts. And best of all, this nutrient dense recovery drink is all natural. Encourage your local high school sports teams to apply for this nutritional opportunity to try chocolate milk after their workouts. For more information, visit www.southlanddairyfarmers.com. It’s Time To Team Up With Chocolate Milk CLASSIFIED 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 John Deere 4020 -3 to choose from H S 430 - double beater spreader Several manure spreaders in stock John Deere 5325 - 2 wd drive with loader John Deere 7200- cab -16 speed 5612-Esch High speed Grain Drill Horning Headers - ready to ship! John Deere 3975 - base unit- $$$ save Artex SB 600 Spreader -in stock John Deere 468 - net $14,500 John Deere 566- twine $12,000 Meyer 510 TMR mixers - In STOCK Cloverdale 500 T -TMR mixers - in Stock Stoltzfus 10 ton Litter spreader $30,000 Caterpillar 242B skid loader-$17,500 New Holland 790 choppers-@$7500 John Deere 8200 drills $5850 Gehl 8335 feeder wagon $7500 Patz 290- auger feeder wagon$8500 Artex SB 200- vertical beater- for rental Stoltzfus lime - litter- fert cu 50 $19,500 JD 6400- loader-4wd-open $24,750 Farmco feeder wagons-5 in stock- call John Deere 7405 -4wd -canopy -$24,750 www.redbarnandassociates.com Charlie B. Edgington 859-608-9745
  8. 8. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 8 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund SAVE THE DATE FEBRUARY 22-23, 2022 Hybrid Format - In Person and Virtual Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace Bowling Green, Kentucky
  9. 9. November - December 2021 • 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 ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT KYDAIRY.ORG ATTENDEE 1 ATTENDEE 2 ADDRESS HOME PHONE CELL PHONE EMAIL COUNTY I have a total of cows. • There is a charge of $30 per dairy farm family to attend Feb 22 and/or Feb 23 (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. I acknowledge $30 charge per dairy farm (one charge for one or two days-not each day) I will attend the YDPC on Tuesday, Feb 22 (full day of meeting.) I will attend Kentucky Dairy Awards Banquet Tuesday evening, Feb 22 I will need a hotel room for Tuesday night, Feb 22. 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 23 - Kentucky Dairy Partners Meeting and lunch I will attend virtual sessions. All fees payable to KDDC at the conference or online at kydairy.org. Send completed registration to: Eunice Schlappi • 554 Davenport Rd • Harrodsburg, KY 40330 schlappifarms@gmail.com
  10. 10. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 10 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund kentucky dairy partners annual meeting Exhibit & Conference Reservation Form February 22-23, 2022 – Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY REPRESENTATIVE ADDRESS $400 Booth space* (includes booth space and (1) two day registration - all meals incuded) Indicate below if you are a Platinum or Gold KDDC sponsor or if you are government/education group: NAME OF COMPANY EMAIL PHONE ATTENDEE 2 ATTENDEE 1 ATTENDEE 4 ATTENDEE 3 *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 22) x (number attending) $50/person Wednesday - KDP conference registration (Feb 23) x (number attending) TOTAL ENCLOSED Please make checks payable to: KDDC (KY Dairy Development Council) Kentucky 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 ITEM Yes, we would like to provide an item for the silent auction ITEM What type of display do you have? (i.e. full floor, table top, pull ups, other) Is your booth larger than 10 w x 6 d? Do you need electricity? Send completed registration to: Eunice Schlappi • 554 Davenport Rd • Harrodsburg, KY 40330 schlappifarms@gmail.com
  11. 11. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 11 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KDDC and WKU 2022 Milker Trainings K DDC and WKU are currently planning some milker training workshops for early 2022. These workshops will be led by Gretchen Colon Suau. Gretchen is a graduate student in the Agriculture Program at Western Kentucky University. She started her Master’s degree this Fall 2021 in Animal Science with a focus on dairy technologies. She is working with the newly established WKU SmartHolstein Lab. Working with cows is what she loves the most. While she is studying, as part of an Assistantship, she is also working in the WKU Dairy Farm milking cows, feeding calves, and assisting as needed. She's fascinated with topics like cow comfort, cow behavior, animal handling, precision dairy, udder health and pretty much everything cow related. Before coming to WKU, Gretchen did her undergraduate studies in Animal Science in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. After graduating, she worked as a Farm Manager for almost 3 years in a Dairy Farm in southwest Puerto Rico. After that experience, for a while, she worked as a Consultant for dairy farmers, giving tools and strategies to improve their farms. After all the experiences gained and while she keeps educating herself, she has realized that helping dairy farmers is one of the things she wants to do most. She wants to contribute to the industry and be an asset as well. Being from Puerto Rico, she knows she can help Spanish-speaking employees that are a big part of the dairy industry. She can be that link to understand the dairy farmers’ needs and the dairy employees’ performance. Reviewing processes and protocols is an important part of communication between these two for consistency and success. During her time at WKU, she hopes to work directly with dairy producers. Dates and locations of workshops will be announced after the new year. Cowherd Equipment & Rental Inc. Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. Cowherd Equipment & Rental, Inc. 1483 Old Summersville Rd. 1483 Old Summersville Rd. Campbellsville, KY 42718 Campbellsville, KY 42718 Office 270-465-2679 Office 270-465-2679 Tony 270-469-0398 Tony 270-469-0398 Vince 270-469-5095 Vince 270-469-5095 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 Hagedorn 5440 Manure Spreader Silage Defacer Penta 4930 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 Hagedorn 5440 Manure Spreader Silage Defacer Cow For from h 14 C • Bo Ch • Ch • Bo • J& • IB • Mu Penta 4930 • SC • Up Cowherd Equipm Cowh 14 C Penta 4030 Tire Scra J&D Head Locks Silage Defacer Roto-Mix Mixers Tire Scraper Hoosierland 1450 Penta 4030 J&D Head Locks
  12. 12. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 12 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dixie Dairy Report November 2021 Calvin Covington Class prices. All October federal order class prices were higher than September which means higher blend prices. The October Class I Mover advanced $0.49/cwt., Class II $0.19/ cwt., Class III $1.30/cwt. and Class IV $0.68/cwt. The Class II and IV prices are the highest October prices since 2014. The November Class I Mover, which uses advanced pricing and is based on October dairy product prices, is $17.98/cwt. This is $.98/cwt. higher than October. As the above chart shows, Class IV (butter + powder) has steadily moved higher this year. Going from a low of $13.19/ cwt. in February to $17.04/cwt. in October. Strong exports, lower production in the European Union and New Zealand, lower domestic butter and nonfat dry milk powder (NDM) production, are all lifting the Class IV price. Looking ahead, the Class IV price is projected to exceed the Class III price in the coming months, with a Class IV price between $18.00 - $19.00/ cwt. The CME butter price at the beginning of October was $1.7475/lb. On November 5, butter closed at $1.9350/lb., the highest in almost two years. Strong demand for cream products, higher cheese and lower NDM production which results in less cream for churning, a major butter plant off-line due to a fire, along with seasonal butter demand are, combining, to move butter prices upward. Declining cheese prices will push the Class III price lower in November. Record high cheese production and building inventories (September American cheese inventory over 9% above a year ago) are moving cheese prices lower. At the CME on November 5, blocks were down to $1.5850/lb. and barrels at $1.5025/lb. Blocks and barrels a month ago, were at $1.8500 and $1.7450, respectively. Fluid milk sales. In the three southeastern federal orders, third quarter Class I producer milk volume is mixed. In the Florida order, it is 2.3% higher than the same quarter a year ago. However, in the Southeast order, third quarter Class I producer milk volume is 3.4% and the Appalachian order 5.4% lower than last year. Nationwide, in all federal orders, Class I producer milk is 2.8% lower for the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Class I producer milk volume provides a quick and accurate method to track fluid milk sales, plus it is what producers are paid for Milk production. September marks the fourth consecutive month for a lower monthly increase in milk production. According to USDA, September production was only 0.2% higher than last September. USDA also revised August numbers, resulting in August production only 0.6% higher than a year earlier. Fewer cows and less milk produced per cow is slowing 2021 MONTHLY CLASS PRICES
  13. 13. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 13 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Prices FMMO 5 www.malouisville.com November 2021 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $21.38 December 2021 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $22.57 FMMO 7 www.fmmatlanta.com November 2021 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $21.78 December 2021 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $22.97 milk production growth. Each month since May, the nation’s dairy herd has declined. More dairy cows are going to slaughter each month. For the second consecutive month, milk produced per cow was lower than a year earlier. In the 24 milk reporting states, September production was higher in eleven states, and flat or lower in the other thirteen states. South Dakota reported the highest increase (+14.6%), followed by Georgia (+3.8%) and Wisconsin (+3.3%). New Mexico posted the largest milk production decline (-12.5%), followed by Washington (-7.9%) and Florida (-6.8%). The Southeast, as shown below, is the only region of the country reporting a milk production decline for the year-to-date. In the ten Southeast states, only two states show production increases for the first nine months of the year, Georgia +1.1% and North Carolina +2.7%. Blend prices. October blend prices are projected $0.30-$0.40/cwt. higher than September. November blend prices are projected to move up another $0.80-$1.00/ cwt. December blend prices are projected to be the highest for the year, with the Florida blend around $23.00/cwt. and the Appalachian and Southeast orders’ blend close to $21.00/cwt. 2022 blend price projections are higher than last month based on improving butter and NDM prices. Currently, I project 2022 blend prices averaging about $1.50-$1.75/cwt. higher than 2021. My forecast is not as optimistic as current futures prices indicate. I see both domestic and export demand a major challenge next year due to inflation, supply chain issues, and China importing less due to their strong inventory levels and economic issues. Plus, strong cheese inventories and production will keep a lid on cheese prices. PROJECTED* BLEND PRICES – Base Zones – SOUTHEASTERN FEDERAL ORDERS MONTH APPALACHIAN FLORIDA SOUTHEAST ($/cwt. at 3.5% butterfat – base zone) AUGUST 2021 $19.24 $21.11 $19.60 SEPTEMBER $19.37 $21.22 $19.70 OCTOBER $19.79 $21.68 $20.02 NOVEMBER $20.80 $22.74 $20.87 DECEMBER $21.20 $23.05 $21.23 JANUARY 2022 $20.94 $22.85 $21.00 *projections in bold REGIONAL CHANGE IN MILK PRODUCTION & COW NUMBERSAND SHARE OF TOTAL MILK PRODUCTION REGION MILK PRODUCTION 2021 VS 2020 SHAREOFTOTALMILK (Percent Change) (Change in number of Dairy Cows) (Percent) Midwest 3.7% 66,000 31.7% California 1.6% -1,000 18.5% Northwest 0.4% -8,000 15.2% Northeast 0.2% -2,000 13.6% Southwest 3.2% 11,000 12.8% Plains 4,9% 17,000 4.6% Southeast -3.2% -12,000 3.6% Total 1.9% 75,000
  14. 14. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 14 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Data Tells The Story That Genomics Works Even In Small Herds Jeffrey Bewley, PhD Holstein Association Analytics and Innovation Scientist W hen genomic evaluations were first released, I was admittedly a bit skeptical. However, over the years, working with multiple herds, I have become a big believer in the value of genomic testing of dairy females. What has convinced me is looking at real performance data from real herds. The Western Kentucky University Dairy has participated in the KDDC Milk 4.0 program and already reaped the benefits of the genomic testing option of Milk 4.0. All animals in the herd are now genomic tested. Those who are skeptical of genomic testing may say that this concept only works in larger herds. Or, they may say that genetics doesn’t matter as long as I feed and care for my animals well. Of course, nutrition, cow comfort, cow care, reproduction, forage quality, and other management factors all impact animal performance and profitability. But, genetics is an important part of that formula also. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see how the genomic predictions for key traits affected animal performance within the Western Kentucky University Dairy herd which is a small (55 milking cows) herd. Before I did this, I was a little nervous if I would see the differences that we see in larger herds. After looking at the data, though, I had no reason to be nervous. The results were striking. For each of the analyses in the following graphs, I divided the herd into categories with equal numbers of animals in each category based on their genomically-derived PTA (Predicted Transmitting Ability) for each trait. The numbers above the bars are the actual performance averages for each group. In the first graph, the comparison is between PTA Milk and 305 day ME (Mature Equivalent) milk. The average ME milk for the top 25% of animals in the herd for PTA Milk was 27,523. The average ME milk for the bottom 25% of animals in the herd for PTA Milk was 23,105. This is a difference of 4,418 pounds between the top genetics for milk and the bottom genetics for milk. Wow! That’s a huge difference. Keep in mind that these animals all live in the same pen, are fed the same TMR, experience the same weather, and the same management. Now, imagine what could happen if we selected out the lowest animals in the herd (which we have been doing slowly). We automatically increase the production average of the herd without changing anything in the environment or feed. After that analysis, I wondered if we would see similar results looking at actual milk rather than ME (which is a calculated number) milk. The following graph compares PTA Milk to 1st lactation 305-day milk for 1st lactation cows only. We can’t compare animals across lactations because older cows naturally milk more. The results from this comparison were even more dramatic than the first one. The average 305-day milk for the top 25% of 1st lactation cows in the herd for PTA Milk was 22,452. The average 305-day milk for the bottom 25% of cows in the herd for PTA Milk was 17,685. This is a difference of 4,767 pounds between the top genetics for milk and the bottom genetics for milk. At a milk price of $18/cwt, this represented increased revenue of $858 per 1st lactation cow. This difference will be even larger as these cows mature. Of course, milk production isn’t the whole story of genetic selection. We also want to breed healthy, fertile cows with the physical conformation to have long, productive lives. With that in mind, we compared a few additional traits.
  15. 15. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 15 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund In the following graph, cows are divided into three categories for PTA SCS (Somatic Cell Score): PTA SCS >3, PTA SCS=3, and PTA SCS<3. A lower PTA SCS is desired for this trait. The lactation average SCC for the worst group for PTA SCS was 142,515 cells/mL. The lactation average SCC for the best group for PTA SCS was 49,175 cells/mL. This represents a 93,140 difference in actual SCC. The cows that were supposed to be more resistant to mastitis were indeed more resistant. Practically, this is a huge difference in SCC. Imagine the impact that selecting for lower SCC can have on your bulk tank SCC. The next comparison was for fertility. Daughter pregnancy rate is defined as the percentage of nonpregnant cows that become pregnant during each 21-day period. It’s a great indicator of fertility. This trait is particularly important in our hot, humid climate where reproduction can be more of a challenge. For this analysis, the cows were divided into the top and bottom 50% of the herd for daughter pregnancy rate. The cows in the top 50% for daughter pregnancy rate averaged 98 days open. The cows in the bottom 50% for daughter pregnancy rate averaged 114 days open. Assuming a cost per day open of $3 per day, this is $48 per cow per lactation difference. The final comparison was for PTA Type compared to Final Classification Score. PTA Type represents the overall physical conformation (feet and legs, udder, body traits) of the cow. Final Classification Score is provided by an independent appraiser representing how close the animal is to the ideal for her breed. 100 points would be a perfect cow. The top 25% of the herd for PTA Type averaged 82.5 points for final classification score. The bottom 25% of the herd for PTA Type averaged 77.8 points for final classification score. This is a difference in 4.7 points for final classification score. This result shows that the animals that were supposed to be closer to the ideal Holstein genetically actually scored better. I am still amazed by these results. For each trait, the genetic prediction from genomic testing reflected actual within herd differences. This science really works. How can we use it? In the short term, we are using this information to cull the lower- end animals. The top animals are candidates for sexed semen. The bottom animals are now receiving beef semen. We are now testing all calves at birth. Heifers with poor genetics are culled before we spend money raising them only to see that their performance won’t be up to our new standards. In each case, we aren’t looking at individual traits by themselves. We select based on a selection index like Net Merit, TPI, JPI, or DWP that combines all traits into one formula. We want balanced cows that milk well, have less risk for disease, breed back quickly, last for multiple lactations, and look good. Genomic testing has already helped us increase production levels and select for healthier, longer living animals. But, we have just scratched the surface of these benefits. The KDDC Milk 4.0 program provides Kentucky dairy producers an opportunity to improve their herds through the use of genomic testing of females. You have the chance to use this technology at a lower price than anyone in the country! It’s an exciting opportunity.
  16. 16. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 16 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund P reweaned calves in the first three weeks of life receive essentially all of their nutrients in liquid form. They also are the dairy animals most susceptible to cold stress because of their high surface-area-to-body- mass ratio. When the mercury drops, those calves expend more energy to maintain their body temperature. That draws nutrients away from immune function and growth. So it’s up to us to support those winter babies with added nutrients to keep them healthy and growing through frigid conditions. University of Illinois dairy researchers Sarah Morrison and Phil Cardoso addressed winter calf feeding in an issue of the Dairy Focus at Illinois newsletter. They noted a rule of thumb for energy needs of young calves is that for every 1˚F decrease in ambient temperature below 50˚F, a 1% increase in energy is required. Suggested ways to accomplish this are: 1. Feed higher amounts of milk or milk replacer – Adding a third daily feeding may be required to accomplish this. 2. Change liquid ration formulation – Increasing the nutrient density (up to no more than 16% solids) can pack more energy into every bottle or pail. Many milk replacer companies sell “winter blend” products that accomplish this, or a herd nutritionist can advise how to safely adjust the liquid-to-powder ratio. If feeding pasteurized whole milk, balancer powders can be added to achieve the same goal. 3. Increase starter-grain intake – This strategy will not work for the youngest calves under three weeks of age, but research has shown that older calves can compensate for higher nutrition demands in cold conditions by eating more starter. It is imperative that calves have access to fresh water to effectively employ this strategy. Ohio State University Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist Maurice Eastridge noted in a DairExnet Bulletin that a combination of these strategies also can be used. He said the ultimate nutrition target should be small-breed calves three weeks of age or less consuming 1.3 pounds of dry matter (DM) per day, and large-breed calves consuming 2.0 pounds DM daily. [Milk replacer is approximately 95% DM and whole milk is 13% DM.]. Fat targets should be 0.3 pounds of daily fat for small breeds, and 0.5 pounds for large-breed calves. Both the Illinois and Michigan State researchers noted important housing measures that can help calves maintain body heat and preserve nutrients. “Bedding for young calves is very important, because they lie down more than 18 hours a day,” said Cardoso. Deep, dry straw is considered the gold standard for calf bedding, as it allows the animals to “nest” and create stable air pockets free from draft. Wet bedding should be strenuously avoided, as it will produce 60% greater heat loss than dry bedding. Eastridge advised positioning calf hutches to ensure the prevailing wind is not blowing into the front of the hutch. A windbreak upwind of hutches will protect the area and reduce wind chill on calves. Clean, dry calf jackets also can help preserve body heat in the youngest animals. Overall, Eastridge said supporting preweaned calves in winter comes down to two basic elements: “Make sure calves have adequate nutrition to support their maintenance needs and still be able to grow; and make sure their housing conditions are not increasing their maintenance needs with drafts and wet bedding.” Time to Ramp up Calf Nutrients for Winter Maureen Hanson Dairy Herd Management
  17. 17. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 17 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund P reg Rate: The percentage of cows eligible to become pregnant that are reported pregnant within a specific period of time. It is a measure of how well and how quickly cows have conceived and it accounts for both heat detection and conception rate. The assessment begins at the end of the VWP after calving and evaluates each 21-day period for eligible cows to determine the percent of cows that became pregnant. Every21-day period for a cow that lapses without a pregnancy reduces the herd’s Pregnancy Rate. Features you can control to help ensure pregnancy rates on the DHI-202 are as accurate as possible include: To get preg rate calculated you have to report an approximate number of days to preg check cows on the DHI Option 62. If marked N for this option, no preg rate will be calculated no matter what other info is reported. On the DHI-202 in the Remarks box there are often notes about reporting preg data. Some of the message include: COWS BRED BUT NOT DIAG. PREG (option 62=Y): you must report pregnancy results. Your pregnancy rate will be deflated if the program does not have pregnancy status. COWS BRED SINCE (option 62=N): the program will use non-return to identify pregnant cows. To change how the program uses reproductive data, discuss option 62 with your DHI technician. Regardless of the option you choose, you cannot compare pregnancy rates from the DHI-202 with pregnancy rates from PCDART or other on-farm systems unless you record all pregnancies ASAP after breeding. So to get accurate preg rates, these are the essential steps: 1. Enter approx. number of days you expect to preg check cows after breeding in DHI Option 62. Up to 99 days. Herds with N for this option will not have a preg rate calculated. 2. Be sure the Voluntary Waiting Period 'VWP' you have reported to DHIA is correct. Cows bred even just one day before VWP are not included in preg rate calculations at all. So, if anything go just a little long on the VWP. 3. Report Do Not Breed Cows with repro code C. After reported C, any repro event, even a heat adds them back into the eligible breeding herd and calculations for preg rate. 4. Report all preg diagnosis info in a timely manner. Use actual date of pregnancy diagnosis, not test day. If no diagnosis date is reported to Mid-South, the date of test will be used for the diagnosis date. 5. Schedule test day and herd repro work so your data is current on test day. If you want it to be most correct, don't test on Monday and do herd health on Tuesday. Do it the other way around. For the herds that have indicated they will be reporting pregs based on option 62 but who do not report preg data no preg rate will be calculated. Questions about preg rate? Ask your DHIA Technician or your KDDC consultant. Understanding Preg Rate Mark Witherspoon 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 www.shelbyinsuranceagency.com sia@iglou.com We are an equal opportunity provider
  18. 18. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 18 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Wildcat Wisdom Donna Amaral-Phillips UK Dairy Extension Group How Do You Define the Role of Your Nutritional Consultant? I n my career, I have had the opportunity to participate in numerous youth educational events. I greatly enjoy seeing these future agricultural leaders and industry advocates wanting to learn about the science behind how we manage and care for animals, not just dairy cattle. Understanding the application of these concepts has always been a passion of mine, the reason I went on to Graduate School and have the job I do today. At these youth educational events, I often times have a nutrition- related station of which the content changes from year to year. One year, I decided to ask each of the groups what they thought a nutritionist’s role should be on a dairy. Not to my surprise, their response centered on balancing rations alone. This was the response from more than one group of youth on this day. Yes, nutritionists are actively involved in providing balanced rations, but their role can and should extend way beyond just crunching numbers to get a recipe to feed various groups of heifers or cows. Today, the role of nutritionists on farms is very different from those 20 years, even as shortly as 5 years, ago. So, how would I define a nutritionist’s role and skills needed on today’s dairy farms? Skill Needed: Ability to balance rations reflecting current science and knowledge To start with, today’s rations are balanced for an optimum performance while containing feed-related costs to achieve maximum profit, and not for least cost per se. Both potential production and reproductive performance along with feed cost drive farm profitability and need to be considered together when balancing rations. Rations also need to provide the best chances for maintaining an animal’s health and well-being, as well as being environmentally friendly. To bring all of these aspects together in one package or ration, the nutritionist needs a sound understanding of how cows convert nutrients found in feeds into milk and meat. Science in this area has accelerated greatly in recent years. Researchers are looking more at the mechanisms or the how’s behind why certain products, i.e. additives, or nutrients work and the impacts they have within the rumen or the cow herself. To understand and apply findings from this generation of research, one needs a science foundation to build upon (often in the form of advanced physiology, nutrition, and biochemistry classes) and they need to participate in continuing education opportunities to understand and apply these advances. This understanding is needed to not only balance rations for today’s industry and cows, but as importantly, to explain the merits of changes in suggested ration formulations, especially when they carry higher initial costs. Recent examples can include the use of ruminal- protected methionine in pre-fresh cows or the impact of certain fat supplements (specifically, certain fatty acids) on milk yield and components. Probably the best examples are the upcoming nutrition refinements associated with protein (specifically amino acids- the building blocks for protein) for lactating cows and in the requirements for calves and heifers. Skill Needed: Nutritionists are management consultants, not just “Ration Balancers” Sound nutrition programs are a result of the effective integration and application of not only nutritionally-related concepts, but also those associated with other “cow” management, agronomic, and economic aspects important to a dairy’s profitability and survival. Sometimes I am amazed by an assumption by some, including trained nutritionists, that nutritionists can only “do nutrition”. We possess the skills and training to understand the science behind concepts regardless of the discipline and have a unique skill set to apply and integrate various disciplines on farm. This understanding and ability to integrate various management aspects is important to achieve the expected results from properly designed feeding programs. Often times, nutritionists are the first person to detect an issue while it is developing and before it becomes a total disaster. This developing issue may not be directly related to the feeding program, but other aspects, such as reproduction or mastitis prevention. For example, nutritionists understand the important components associated with a reproductive program as breeding issues can easily derail any best designed and implemented feeding program. Cow comfort, be it stall maintenance, stocking density, or heat abatement, impact feed intake and rumination times. Nutritionists can be a sounding board as you consider changes in your operation’s cropping or management system or changes needed from an environmental standpoint. Additional aspects associated with environmental management are coming quickly and will need to be considered in feeding and overall management programs. Skill Needed: Ability to maintain and expand a professional relationship Many different combinations of feedstuffs and management practices can be incorporated into profitable feeding and management programs. A two-way dialog between a dairy manager and nutritionist sets the stage for this process and can be the difference between designing a profitable feeding program and overall operation and one that is not. Your
  19. 19. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 19 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund nutritionist needs to understand your goals for your operation and on a routine basis discuss these goals with you, not just at the time of “getting your business”. On a routine basis, at least quarterly, they need to be able to explain to you why changes or certain components are part or should be part of your management program. Ration balancing is an on-going process, not one that is completed once yearly after fall crops are harvested. Tweaking a management program should occur in small steps, but is something which must be continuously explored. Dairy managers, in turn, need to understand why changes are needed, how to implement these changes, and continually ask questions of their nutritionist. A true dialog between all parties is important and do not forget to include others directly impacted by these discussions, such as family members or on-farm feed people. Probably, one of the hardest realizations is the fact that this is a professional, business relationship first and foremost, not based on a friendship or feeling that either party “owes” the other something. You may develop a friendship and share common interests outside of the dairy operation. But, this is separate from the business component of your relationship. Sometimes your nutritionist, or any consultant for that matter, needs to be honest with you and tell you something that you do not want to hear. Yes, this conversation may “hurt” your feelings, get you upset, and get you to contemplate “firing” this consultant. However, later you might come to realize that they had your best interest at heart and really were doing you a favor. The key part here is they want to help you understand how to correct the detected issue and work through steps needed to correct the identified issue. Basically, they want to help you with a solution. Skill Needed: What skill set do they offer- those of a nutritionist or a feed person? The skill set of a “feed person” is very different than those of a nutritionist, in my opinion. A feed person serves an important role in the feeding program, but one very different than a nutritionist. A feed person, very often, is sent to collect forage samples as needed, makes “social calls” to make sure managers are happy with services provided, recruits new clients for the business, and collects payments, when needed, to name just a few of this person’s possible responsibilities. Often times, the feed person does not have background to understand how cows use various nutrients and does not have the responsibility of balancing rations. In contrast, a nutritionist has some form of formal training in nutrition and physiology, continually participates in professional training opportunities for scientific updates, and is able to apply these concepts in the development of feeding and management programs on farm. Today’s ration balancing programs require one to have a sound understanding of what occurs in a cow’s rumen and in the cow herself. These computer programs calculate the amount and concentration of over 50 nutritionally-related nutrients and fractions, much different than older generation programs calculating just protein and energy concentrations. Nutritionists also should on a routine basis review management records to detect potential issues early, walk through the cows to “listen to the cows themselves”, and interact with the feed person, other employees and dairy manager as well to learn what is occurring on farm. One question I often get is, do you know a nutritionist that is not selling something that I can hire? One first needs to realize that all nutritionists form personal opinions of what products, ingredients, and nutrient specs work best on farms, irrespective of whom pays their salary. This is just human nature. The difference comes in how they form these opinions and how they modified or update them over time. Are their opinions regarding a product or ingredient based on their company’s or personal profit margin or have they seen research that supports that said product/ingredient can deliver the intended benefit? I think you would agree that both sides of this coin exist in nutritionists serving the US Dairy Industry. The key here is to ask questions that allow one to determine if the selected products/ingredients are the best match for providing an optimum feeding program for your cows and if this person/ nutritionist possesses the skills to help you, the dairy manager, better manage your cows’ profitability. This answer will not be the same for everyone. Just make sure what skills you are wanting, those associated with a feed person or a nutritionist, and use these people accordingly. Bottom Line: Nutritionists are a professional whom plays a very important role in helping you implement and manage sound feeding and management programs. They are trained to understand how cows make milk and how to make the best of this biological system for your operation’s potential profitability. They offer a skill set that goes beyond those associated just with balancing rations. As dairy managers, your job is to make the best use of their skill set in your dairy business.
  20. 20. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 20 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Brown Swiss Junior show Component Merit Cow Fairdale Total Cali-ET Emily Goode, Liberty KY State Herd Award Kentucky Brown Swiss, Glasgow KY Junior Showmanship 1st Hudson Spoonamore, Stanford KY 2nd Hadley Spoonamore, Stanford KY Brown Swiss Open show Senior Champion Female and Reserve Grand Champion Fairdale Total Cali-ET Emily Goode, Liberty KY NASCO Award Pine Tree Rich Alli 7462 ET Fairdale Farm LLC, Worthville, KY Guernsey Junior Showmanship 1st Cade Huffman, Summer Shade KY Jersey Lifetime Cheese Production Class 1st Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY GJPI Grand Champion Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Brown Swiss Junior show Component Merit Cow Fairdale Total Cali-ET Emily Goode, Liberty KY State Herd Award Kentucky Brown Swiss, Glasgow KY Congratulations To The Kentucky 2021 North American International Livestock Exposition Champions
  21. 21. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 21 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund GJPI Cow Recognition Awards Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Senior Champion Female Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Grand Champion Female Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Premier Performance Cow Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Reserve Open Supreme Dairy Cow Hirds Colton Dream Keightley Core and Borba, Salvisa KY Milking Shorthorn Junior Showmanship 1st Sophie Franklin, Waddy KY Reserve Intermediate Champion Female Hard Core KY-Blue Abigail EXP, Taylor Graves, Danville KY Red & White Reserve Intermediate Senior Champion Female Golden-oaks Topprize-Red-Et, Emily & Leann Goode, Liberty KY Reserve Junior Champion Female MS-AOL Recharge-Red_ET, Hadley Olt/Hallie Griffiths, Greensburg Ky Reserve Grand Champion Female Golden-oaks Topprize-Red-Et, Emily & Leann Goode, Liberty KY State Herd Award 1st Kentucky Open Red & White, Greensburg KY
  22. 22. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 22 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Tennessee Titans and The Dairy Alliance Award $10,000 Grant to Warren County Public Schools The Dairy Alliance and the Tennessee Titans awarded Warren County Public Schools through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant. A check presentation of $10,000 and celebration were held at Henry F. Moss Middle School in late October. Tennessee Titans’ mascot T-Rac, former Titans’ linebacker Gerald McRath and Olympic foil fencer Lee Kiefer took part in the day’s festivities, as did local dairy farmer Carl Chaney of Chaney’s Dairy Barn. The NFL, through Fuel Up to Play 60, provides $10,000 in each NFL club market in grant money annually. The Hometown Grant provides deserving schools with funding to facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating programs for students. The Hometown Grant awarded is the first one given to a Kentucky school district. The funds will be used to promote healthy eating and physical activity at three Warren County middle schools: Drakes Creek, Henry F. Moss and South Warren Middle School. The schools will purchase physical education equipment and smoothie bikes, as well as add smoothies to the cafeteria’s breakfast menu. The blenders in the smoothie bikes are powered by students’ pedaling, an interactive way for students to learn about real milk’s nutrition and fun ways to exercise. Between the equipment obtained from the grant and the celebration featuring successful athletes, students will remember the importance of choosing dairy products at mealtimes Dairy Training Teaches Farm Gate to Plate to Kentucky Nutrition Professionals in Academia The Dairy Alliance hosted a virtual communications training in October to educate nutrition professionals about dairy. The training, Debunking Milk Myths: From the Farm Gate to MyPlate, included professors and dietetic internship directors in nutritional science departments from universities across the southeast. These individuals are teaching future nutrition students and policymakers, making it vital that they can successfully communicate facts about dairy farming, dairy sustainability and dairy nutrition. Attending from Kentucky were two Murray State University employees: Nutrition Program Director and Assistant Professor Lauren Roberson, Ph.D., MS, RD, LD, and Dietetic Internship Director and Assistant Professor Nichole Haynes, MS, RD, LDN. New York dairy farmer and Registered Dietitian Abbey Copenhaver presented “Farming with RDNs: What Nutrition Professionals Need to Know about Agriculture” before communications trainer Teri Goudie taught participants how to answer questions students and consumers have on nutrition, food and agriculture. By the end of the training, attendees had learned not only dairy’s story, but how to best share that story with others through their academic roles
  23. 23. November - December 2021 • KDDC • Page 23 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Allied Sponsors PLATINUM Alltech Bel Cheese Bluegrass Dairy & Food Burkmann Feeds Cowherd Equipment CPC Commodities Kentucky Department of Agriculture Kentucky Farm Bureau Kentucky Soybean Board Prairie Farms Shaker Equipment Sales Zoetis GOLD DFA Givens & Houchins Inc. KAEB Services Mid-South Dairy Records Owen Transport Select Sires Mid-America SILVER Day and Day Feed Givens & Houchins Inc. Grain Processing Corporation Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association Luttrull Feed Nutra Blend South Central Bank Southland Dairy Farmers BRONZE AgCentral Agri Feed International, LLC Bagdad Rolling Mills Bank of Jamestown Central Farmers Supply Hartland Animal Hospital Kentucky Corn Growers Association Limestone & Cooper Mammoth Cave Dairy Auction QMI Quality Mgt Inc. Nutra Blend Smith Creek Inc Wilson Trucking Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
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