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September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 1
KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund
Milk MattersS e p t e m b e r - O c t o b e r
w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g
KENTUCKY
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The Powers of Observation: 3 Tools You
Can Use On Your Dairy Today To Monitor
CleanlinessAnd Spot Check For Milk Quality
page 10
2019 Dairy Products Association
of Kentucky Awards
page 20
Cheese Auction Brings in $12,600 for Youth Exhibitors
continued on page 13
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KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund
2019 KDDC Board of
Directors & Staff
Executive Committee
President: Richard Sparrow
Vice President: Charles Townsend, DVM
Sec./Treasurer: Tom Hastings
EC Member: Tony Cowherd
EC Member: Freeman Brundige
EC Past President: Bob Klingenfus
Board of Directors
District 1: Freeman Brundige 731.446.6248
District 2: Josh Duvall 270.535.6533
District 3: Keith Long 270.670.1388
District 4: Bill Crist Jr. 270.590.3185
District 5: Tony Compton 270.378.0525
District 6: Mark Williams 270.427.0796
District 7: Greg Goode 606.303.2150
District 8: Steve Weaver 270.475.3154
District 9: Jerry Gentry 606.875.2526
District 10: Richard Sparrow 502.370.6730
District 11: Stewart Jones 270.402.4805
District 12: John Kuegel 270.316.0351
Equipment: Tony Cowherd 270.469.0398
Milk Haulers: Alan Wilson 606.875.7281
Genetics: Dan Johnson 502.905.8221
Feed: Tom Hastings 270.748.9652
Nutrition: Dr. Ron Wendlandt 502.839.4222
Dairy Co-op: Justin Olson 765.499.4817
Veterinary: Dr. Charles Townsend 270.726.4041
Finance: Michael Smith 859.619.4995
Heifer Raiser: Bill Mattingly 270.699.1701
Former Pres.: Bob Klingenfus 502.817.3165
Employee & Consultants
Executive Director: H.H. Barlow
859.516.1129
kddc@kydairy.org
DC-Central: Beth Cox
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DC-Western: Dave Roberts
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859.516.1409
DC-Southern: Meredith Scales
2617 Harristown Road, Russell Springs, KY 42642
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859.516.1966
DC-Northern: Jennifer Hickerson
4887 Mt Sterling Road, Flemingsburg, KY 41041
j.hickersonkddc@gmail.com
859.516.2458
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President’s Corner
Richard Sparrow A
t the recently concluded
Kentucky State Fair Youth
Dairy Show, I was made
aware the Kentucky State Fair Board had decided to only
pay show premiums for the first seven places in youth
classes. I assume this is a cost-cutting measure, but I
believe it sends the wrong message to our young people.
I exhibited my first Brown Swiss calf at the Kentucky State
Fair in 1962. For several years, my anticipation was so great that I could not
sleep the night before. In those days, all premiums were based on the Danish
system, that all blue ribbon animals were paid the same premium. Also, if you
took your heifer to the County Fair and District Show, you received an extra
$20.00 per animal for travel expense. In the 60s, youth were supported for their
hard work, and we need to restore that support.
Unless you (or your child) have exhibited cattle, it is hard to express how
much it means to these kids and what they can accomplish with a lot of hard
work and determination. As an example, my son Joe showed his first Brown
Swiss heifer at the State Fair when he was ten. Later that year, he wrote
a winning essay about his dairy show experience entitled “Seventh, Not
Last.” Since that first State Fair show, my sons Joe, Ben and Kirby have won
championships all across the country. This October, Joe will be the official
judge for Brown Swiss at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The
encouragement they received along the way was a big contributing factor to
their desire to continue and achieve future success.
I believe all the hard work and expense that our Kentucky youth expend
should be rewarded. If any of you agree, I would encourage you to contact a
State Fair Board member and express your feelings.
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Executive Director Comments
H H Barlow
W
hat a difference a few months make! Two months
ago, I wrote that dairy supply and demand are in
better alignment than they have been in years. In
August, the growth of national milk production was only .2%
compared to August 2018. So far this year, we are under
1% growth compared to the last few years, when we’ve
been averaging over 2% growth. On September 20th,
cheddar cheese blocks closed at $2.05/lb. and October
Class III futures closed at $18.66. Both are highs not seen
since 2016.
These favorable pricing indexes are the result of several
factors…First, liquidation of herds; Second, a smaller
national cow herd - 130,000 cows less than a year ago; Third,
consumption is up a fraction and whole milk consumption is up
over last year.
In addition, surprisingly our exports are over 14% of supply.
This is 2% below their peak the last few years, but remarkably
good in the current trade climate. If we solve our trade issues, I
believe our milk prices will continue to rise.
Finally, two more exciting developments regarding milk
prices…There are milk companies in Kentucky looking for
additional milk and signing up new supply. Also, milk co-ops
are bringing over-order premiums back into the marketplace.
In late August, I attended the Kentucky Milk Quality
Conference at Lake Barkley. It was personally eye opening for
me. The program was excellent; however, the real benefit was
interacting with our Kentucky processors. We have three large
fluid processors – Borden in London, Prairie Farms in Somerset
and Winchester Farms (Kroger) in Winchester.
We also have four dairy product processors in Kentucky
– Bluegrass Dairy and Food in Springfield and Glasgow,
specializing in milk and cheese powders; Saputo Dairy in
Murray, specializing in creamers, specialty drinks and whipping
cream; Bel Cheese in Leitchfield, producing small cheese
favors such as Baby Bel and The Laughing Cow cheese
wedges; Lastly, Dippin’ Dots in Paducah, producing, as they
call it, “The World’s Favorite Ice Cream”.
I have engaged with most of these processors and toured
three of the plants. The processing of milk is quite an amazing
endeavor. They need our dairy farmer’s milk and we need their
plants to process our milk, a synergistic relationship. KDDC’s
goal is to improve these relationships and to concentrate on
growing the market for Kentucky milk.
After starting as executive director, I requested an accounting
of our dairy farmers’ status in 2019 by way of a mailed
survey to each dairyman. We were extremely pleased that
approximately 35% of the surveys were returned, with a few still
trickling in. If you haven’t yet submitted yours, please take a
moment to complete and return it right away. We will report on
the results in the next issue of Milk Matters.
Also, KDDC staff have created a performance summary to
highlight KDDC’s accomplishments over the past fourteen years.
We are using this summary to tell our story for all interested
parties, such as legislators, allied industry partners, sponsors and
especially for our dairy farm members. One major highlight in
our summary is that over $8 million dollars has been paid directly
to producers through the MILK Incentive Leadership Kentucky
Program. You can read the whole summary in the newsletter on
page 12.
Finally, I had the opportunity to present testimony to the
Kentucky Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee on the state of
Kentucky’s dairy industry in 2019. I presented an eighteen slide
power point for thirty minutes and answered questions for forty-
five minutes.
There was tremendous interest in our past problems, what
we’re doing now and where we’re headed. They specifically
wanted to know what they could do to help create an atmosphere
for success for our Kentucky dairymen. Their questions covered
milk pricing, market access, animal welfare challenges, trade
issues and a big one - what effect alternative milk products have
had on our fluid consumption.
I’m pleased to announce that committee chairmen, The
Honorable Richard Heath and The Honorable Paul Hornback,
wrote a letter to our Kentucky Congressional Delegation and U.S.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging the House to quickly pass
the USMCA Trade Agreement, which would greatly improve our
ability to export more dairy products.
I feel this presentation was beneficial in informing our
Kentucky legislators about our present status and future needs.
It has been a very busy time and KDDC has been working
diligently to improve Kentucky’s dairy industry. Pray for cooler
weather and keep eating cheese and ice cream!!!
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‘Drink Whole Milk 97% Fat Free!’ It’s becoming contagious
Sherry Bunting
T
here’s no shortage of good old-fashioned volunteer effort
promoting Whole Milk ever since Lebanon, Pa. dairy
farmer Nelson Troutman painted his first round bale with
“Drink Whole Milk 97% Fat Free” and placed it in a pasture by
an intersection in late December.
Within days, he began getting questions from his neighbors.
Within two weeks, he was painting round bales for other dairy
farms and local businesses. In January, they began dotting the
countryside across three Pa. counties. He’s made at least 50, and
countless more have been painted by others joining in.
 It’s becoming contagious.
By February, six local businesses and organizations raised
funds to purchase 1000 magnetic vehicle signs (12” x 12”)
with the same message in black and red, and since then, more
businesses have ordered vehicle signs to distribute.
Also in February, a group of Lancaster area farmers gathered
to brainstorm how to continue the conversation the ‘Milk
Baleboards’ had begun – to focus on milk education beyond
the bale. From this meeting, 97 Milk LLC was formed with a
volunteer board.
They launched a website www.97milk.com and social media
platforms @97Milk on Facebook and Instagram and @97milk1
on Twitter, and 97 Milk LLC raised funds from more than a
dozen local and national businesses to cover website costs and
purchase printed handouts and cool things imprinted with the
message to give out at family farm days, corn mazes, and other
community events. Even some corn mazes in southeast Pa. are
doing the message in their design. One is having visitors answer
milk questions to move through the maze!
In western and eastern Pennsylvania, and other states I’m sure,
people are making and selling bumper stickers as fundraisers
for youth programs, and 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, county dairy
maids and businesses are getting involved at local levels with
parade floats and event signage.
In Central New York, producers and agribusinesses worked
with a sign company on truck window decals and a 20-foot
banner for a parked trailer. Artists in the area began painting
round bales. Some sport the Real Seal. Some mention Chocolate
Milk refuel. Most say the simple words: Drink Whole Milk 97%
Fat Free.
Troutman has added new ones too: Yellow with the words
“Butter is Better” and square bales painted like swiss cheese
“Eat Cheese Please.” In June, he began doing bales with: “Ask
for Whole Milk in School.” These are appearing in other states
Even Allied Milk Producers, Inc., a qualified checkoff organization, used its voluntary-penny-fund to do a real billboard along the tourist-heavy and
high-traffic Rte. 30 near Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nelson Troutman can be contacted at 717.821.1484. To see his step by step
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as well.
In fact, pictures of round bales and signage have poured in
from a dozen states.
Today, the 97milk.com website appears on vehicle signs and
new versions of painted round bales, actual billboards, and
recently the large 6’ x 4’ banners – 60 of them purchased by
an equipment company in Myerstown, Pa that are going like
hotcakes for farm buildings, grocery stores, and businesses with
high visibility.
The bottom line is each community picks it up and runs with
it, gaining support for sign printing, for example, from their local
businesses. And the website and social media provided by 97
Milk LLC is a common thread.
Posts are done six days a week with ideas and photos coming
in from across the country. Through private messages and a
Dairy Desk email at the website, a wide range of consumer
questions are addressed, along with many requests for materials.
A download area at the website has files to make banners, signs,
license plates, bumper stickers, handouts and more.
Inquiries come in from across the country, even around the
world. In fact, dairy farmers in South America asked to copy
the idea, and producers in England started a similar Whole Milk
revival.
People are blooming where they are planted – volunteering in
true grassroots form with their time and ideas and even out-of-
pocket costs. Any money raised separately by the grassroots Pa.
Dairy Advisory Committee and by 97 Milk LLC is used to cover
costs of printing and materials and such.
Together, its multiplying and having a catalytic impact. The
signs and round bales are noticed by consumers and legislators.
The social media platforms continue to attract large audiences
to the milk education posts. After 8 months, the Facebook page
has over 8,200 followers with individual posts having reached
millions since February.
Those involved report how people are thirsting for knowledge
about the benefits and full flavor of full fat Real Whole Dairy
Milk -- once you catch their attention! The now ubiquitous 97%
Fat Free message is doing just that, catching attention and
opening doors of communication.
Fluid milk sales were up 0.2% in July, the first year-over-
year increase in 10 years with Whole Milk sales up 3.6% and
Flavored Whole Milk Sales up 10.4%. In June, local stores
were surveyed in the Lancaster, Berks and Lebanon Counties of
Pennsylvania – where the Milk Baleboard and 97 Milk efforts
began. They report that while Whole Milk sales had been on a
gradual incline, these sales are up there even more significantly
since January.
And there is a petition for the next generation -- to bring
Whole Milk back to schools via proposed legislation and other
policy efforts. At least 10,000 signatures are needed for impact.
Check out the petition at http://chng.it/QDW7zwLDYQ
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A Dairy Good Time at the State Fair
The 2019 Ky
State Fair was a
great success and
the second year for
“AgLand” where
Ky Agriculture was
highlighted in the
Southwing. The Dairy
Alliance partnered
with the Dairy
Products Association
of Kentucky to
showcase all the great
things dairy provides
on Ky families
tables. Ky Dairy
Farmers helped to share dairy’s story with fairgoers,
hand out cheese donated by Bluegrass Dairy and Foods
and talked about how they care for their cows, milk and
land. Karman Meyer, RDN, LD performed a cooking
demonstration on the Gourmet Garden stage. Karman
highlighted the importance of dairy in the diet, including
how to incorporate dairy if you are lactose intolerant
and new research supporting how full-fat dairy helps
decrease the onset of certain health issues.
Livingston Co. Schools Launch Smoothie Program
The Dairy Alliance School Health and Wellness Manager, Alan
Curtsinger, collaborated with new Livingston County Schools Child
Nutrition Director, Kristy Nelson, to provide Livingston Central High
School Food Services staff a training on smoothie preparation and
then sampled smoothies with the students. Over 200 chocolate-covered
strawberry smoothie (milk, yogurt, and fruit) samples were provided,
and they were so popular the school applied for a smoothie grant to start
offering smoothies every week as a breakfast option. Nelson shared, “I
wanted to let you know our students were buzzing around the hallways
post-smoothie tasting about how awesome the experience was. Even the
faculty complimented on how well everything went! Thank you again for
your help in such a great day.”
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Shelby Shelby, Registered Dietition with Owensboro Health Medical
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school, because milk is so nutritious if chocolate helps make sure they
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The Powers Of Observation: 3 Tools You Can Use On Your Dairy
Today To Monitor Cleanliness And Spot Check For Milk Quality
John Laster, DVM
T
he dairies we work in are full of gadgets
and devices to help simplify our lives; from
conductivity readers to phone cell counters
the possibilities are endless. Add in the data
stream from DHIA records, transponders, and
parlor management software, and you can easily
bury yourself in enough data to make NASA
have heart palpitations.
Regardless of the equipment, environment, or
the size of your operation, these principles of
observation are the same. It should be our goal to
do what is best for the cow with every decision
we make. These tips will help you monitor your
dairy and provide some tools as an early detection
system for milk quality.
#1 Monitor environment: If you are in a free
stall or tie stall barn, monitor manure and urine
piles in the stalls. On a dairy with properly sized
stalls, less than 5% of stalls should have manure
contamination. If you are consistently having
more than 5% of stalls contaminated with urine
or manure, you need to rethink the way your
stalls are designed. If there is manure underneath
the loop, are the stalls too wide? If the manure is
forward in the stall, do we need to adjust or add a
brisket locator? If the cows can stand with all four
feet in the stalls, should we adjust the neck rail?
Remember, mastitis is a numbers game, the more
bacteria the cows are laying in, the more chances
for her to get mastitis.
Figure 1: The graph above compares the percent of cows
improperly positioned in stalls and the herd average cell
count on the herds observed. The more cows aren’t po-
sitioned correctly, the higher the cell count in that herd.
(graph courtesy Dr. Johnson)
Figure 2: This photo is an example of inappropriate position in a stall. A brisket
locator can help us get her backside and tail over the curb where she can defecate
in the alley.
Figure 3: appropriate tail and butt positions in a free stall. This
should allow for less stool contamination on the udder and lower
new infection rates in the cows. (Courtesy Dr. Andy Johnson)
#2 Monitor udder cleanliness: The cleanliness of the udder is critical
to success in any mastitis prevention program. Dr. Ruegg and colleagues
at the University of Wisconsin created an udder cleanliness scoring
chart. This is available online for free, and is very helpful in assessing
cleanliness on your farm.
Similar to checking stalls for stool contamination, looking at the udders
in the milking parlor or the tie-stall barn will give you a good idea of how
your farm is doing.
If you are in a tie-stall and see over 20% of the herd scoring 3’s and 4’s,
look at the size of the stalls, and check their butt location when laying in
the stalls. If they are getting turned out, is there an area in their field or an
alleyway that is serving as the source of mud and manure? Whether in a
tie-stall or free stall, how good of a job and how often is scraping of the
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stalls occurring?
In free stalls, we advise that our cow
pusher scrapes and levels stalls each
time he pushes a group. In tie- stalls,
scraping needs to occur at minimum
three times a day. Compost barns
should be worked twice daily to keep
manure contamination minimal.
If manure contamination is present on
20% or more cows in a compost barn,
look at stocking density, tilling, and
bedding. If the pack is too wet, manure
will easily cake on the cows. If you are
overcrowding a compost barn, it is very
difficult to keep the barn dry and the
cows clean.
#3 Alcohol Swab teats before
attaching units: Observations for
milk quality can also be made in the
parlor. Our goal in the parlor is to
only hang units on dry, clean, and
well stimulated cows. Cleanliness in
the parlor is extremely important in
prevention of new cases of mastitis.
Of all parts of the prep procedure,
none is more important than drying
cows appropriately. No matter the size
of the dairy, anyone can check teat
cleanliness with alcohol swabs. Even
if you milk with robots, this is an easy
way to check cleanliness prior to a
robot attaching units. The more manure
and debris left on the teats, the more
likely that cow is to contract a new case
of mastitis.
We recommend taking 3 by 3 gauze
or cotton balls, soaking them in rubbing
alcohol, and using them for alcohol
swabs. Right before the unit is ready
to go on the cows, we wipe the teat
ends with the pads to see if any manure
or debris is present. See the attached
score card for scoring the alcohol swab.
We recommend spot checking each
milker on five to ten cows weekly. Our
experience has shown us that clean and
dry terry cloth towels do the best job in
drying and removing manure and debris
from teats.
If alcohol swabs are consistently
scoring 3’s and 4’s, it would be
pertinent to retrain the milker on wiping
teat ends prior to hanging the unit.
We recommend to have milkers dry
downward in a spiral motion on all four
teats, then flip the towel and wipe each
teat end prior to attachment.
When we are consulting on a dairy,
we compare alcohol swabs between each
milker on each shift. We staple the alcohol
swabs on a poster board, and give a small
reward to the milker with the cleanest
alcohol swabs. This is a good way to let
your milking staff know that cleanliness
in the parlor matters to you, and it can
be a good training visual aid for milker
meetings.
With a little elbow grease and by honing
your skills of observation, these simple
tricks can help you monitor quality and
cleanliness on your dairy. Thanks for
reading and send us an email or call us and
let us know if these quick tips helped.
John Laster, DVM
Todd County Animal Clinic
(270)839-9157
jlaster722@gmail.com
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KDDC Performance Summary 2005-2018
•	 At the end of 2018 Kentucky host
57,000 cows and over 1 billion pounds
of milk and 190 million dollars of milk
sold. Total number of dairies was 520.
•	 Kentucky dairy farms increased
production per cow from 12,447 lbs.
in 2005 to 18,479 lbs. in 2018 (a 49%
increase)
•	 Milk Incentive Leadership Program
(MILK)
•	 Over 8 million dollars paid directly
to producers through the MILK
program
•	 SCC decreased from 422,000 in
2005 to 247,000 in 2018
•	 255 total producers on the program
•	 The first 7 years of the MILK
program produced over 350 million
additional pounds of milk which
equaled 67 million dollars
•	 MILK Counts: Milk Quality &
Management Improvement Initiative
•	 Joint program with KDDC and
University of Kentucky to improve
milk quality on farms
•	 Conducted Educational Events for
Dairy producers
•	 Annual Young Dairy producer
conference
•	 Barn Meetings
•	 Animal Care
•	 DOW – Division of Water
•	 Young Dairy Producer Initiative
•	 Annual Young Dairyman Conference
•	 Wisconsin Dairy Expo Fall Bus Tour
•	 Summer Dairy Tours
•	 KDDC consultants assisted producers in
obtaining energy grants
•	 1 million dollars paid to dairy
farmers to date
•	 KDDC consultants assist producers to
become compliant with the Division of
Water. KDDC is the first commodity
group to facilitate division of water
compliance to producers
•	 Ag Water Quality Plans total 51
•	 KYMNP/ CMNP total 58
•	 KY No Discharge Permit total 79
•	 Calibrated in forming the Southeast
Dairy Coalition with other states.
•	 Installed the Dairy Margin Coverage
Incentive Program a cost share program
to incentivize producers to buy
insurance offered through FSA. 	
The KDDC began in 2004 with
a small group of dairy farmers and
industry people who saw the need for an
organization to work and speak on behalf
of Kentucky’s dairy farm families. After
working over the course of a year the
KDDC became an officially recognized
organization in January of 2005. Since
then the KDDC has been actively
pursuing its mission: To educate, promote
and represent dairy farmers and foster
an environment of growth for the KY
dairy industry.
The KDDC Board of Directors is
comprised of 20 members, 12 dairy
farmers and eight (8) allied industry
representatives. Dairy farmer directors
represent the dairy producers within
their respective districts, while allied
industry members represent segments
of the industry such as but not limited
to, veterinarians, milk haulers and feed
companies. The allied industry members
pay dues to participate in the organization.
The officers of the KDDC include:
President, Vice-President, and Secretary-
Treasurer. The Executive Committee
consists of the officers, the past president
and an elected member at large. The
president must be a dairy farmer.
Presently the KDDC is funded through
a grant provided by the KY Agricultural
Development Fund along with dues
paid by allied industry organizations
and advertising receipts from the KY
Milk Matters Newsletter, the bi-monthly
publication of the KDDC. We also receive
donations from individuals and dairy
farmers.
The KDDC Dairy Consultant
Program – the primary purpose of the
Dairy Consultant Program is to provide
manpower to implement and facilitate the
programs under the KDIP umbrella.
Specific Goals and responsibilities:
•	 To establish relationships with dairy
farm families within an area to educate
facilitate and equip producers in KDDC
and other programs.
•	 Dairy Consultants submit a monthly
activity report designating farm visits,
educational meetings and promotions
along with new signups into KDDC
Programs.
•	 KDDC Consultants aid dairymen in
facilities and dairy improvement.
We are proud of the many
accomplishments KDDC has achieved.
Much has been done, but much more is
before us.
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Youth Overall Winners
Commissioner of Ag Trophy -Taylor Graves, Danville KY
Supreme Champion Heifer -Apple-PTS Aleesa-Red-ET 3147207058, Brilee Tucker, Edmonton KY
Supreme Champion Cow -KCJF Blackstone Harmony JE8400031322565, Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY
Youth Herdsman Award -Casey Co. Dairy Club, Metalfe County Dairy Club, Caitie Collier Harrodsburg KY, Cade & Colton
Huffman, Spencer Co. Dairy Club, Taylorsville KY, Skyla & Lexia Lawless, Jemma & Ellie Jenkins
Ayrshire:
Junior Champion -Old N Lazy Reagan Carissa, Tre Wright, Elizabethtown KY
Grand Champion -J-G Springs Berkley Gracie, Emily Goode, Liberty KY
Champion Showperson - Emily Goode, Liberty KY
Brown Swiss:
Junior Champion -Barrick Kannon Sunset 68199094, Payden Houchens, Glasgow KY
Grand Champion -Hoodstead Goliath Peach ETV 68170975, Attalee June Taylor, Glasgow KY
Champion Showperson -Skyla Lawless, Russell Springs Ky
Guernsey:
Junior Champion -Springhill Python Juki- ETV Tyler Smith, Nicholasville KY
Grand Champion -Nicleys Haileys Huggable Hunter
Smith, Nicholasville KY
Champion Showperson -Tyler Berryman,
Nicholasville KY
Holstein:
Junior Champion -Janney Rev-me-up Tequila
840003142936280, Bree Russell, Knob Lick KY
Grand Champion -Lane Oak Bradnick Milicity
142918937, Brittany Bennett, Cynthiana KY
Champion Showperson -Lillie Wood Shelbyville KY
Premier Breeder -Mark Jones, Loretto KY
Premier Exhibitor -Brittany Bennett, Cynthiana KY
Jersey:
Junior Champion -KCJF Regency Moscato
3145480653, Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY
Grand Champion -KCJF Blackstone Harmony
3132256578 Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY
Champion Showperson -Elise Carpenter, Russell
Springs KY
Milking Shorthorn:
Junior Champion -Charles Thomas Branstetter,
Edmonton KY
Grand Champion -Kendall Horn, Shelbyville KY
Red & White:
Junior Champion -Apple - PTS Aleesa - Red ET
3147207058, Brilee Tucker, Edmonton KY
Grand Champion -Entourage LC Fire-Red-ET
3137877993, Tre Wright, Elizabethtown KY
Champion Showperson -Morgan Berryman,
Nicholasville KY
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Dixie Dairy Report
September 2019
Fluid milk sales for the first
half of 2019. Conventional fluid
milk sales, for the first half of 2019
compared to 2018, are down 2.0% and
organic sales are down 4.6%. The
larger organic decline may be due to
organic milk drinkers shifting to plant
based alternatives. On the positive
side, whole milk sales are up 0.7% for
conventional and 0.9% for organic. On the other hand, reduced
fat sales are down 4.5% and 8.3%, respectively. Milk consumers
are purchasing whole milk, and turning away from reduced
fat milk, even though nutrition and other programs emphasize
reduced fat dairy products.
In the Southeast States, fluid sales in all three federal orders
combined are 3.4% below a year ago, for the first six months
of the year. On a daily basis, this decline is the equivalent of
almost 1 million lbs. of farm milk per day. As shown above,
most of the sales decline is in the Appalachian and Southeast
orders. Fluid sales are only down 0.7% in the Florida order. The
Southeast States account for about 23% of the nation’s fluid milk
sales.
Milk production. During July the combined milk production
in three southeast reporting states, which produce about two-
thirds of the milk in the Southeast, is down 2.8%. As shown in
the table, almost all the decline is in Virginia. Production is up
2.8% in Georgia, and down 1.1% in Florida. Georgia gained a
thousand cows in July, along with 25 more pounds of milk per
cow. Florida per cow production was up 35 pounds in July.
Virginia’s production decline remains in double digits.
Nationally, July milk production was unchanged compared to
a year ago. There are 82,000 less cows than a year ago. Dairy
cow slaughter in July was over 7% higher than a year ago. Milk
per cow was up 17 lbs. compared to last July. Thirteen of the
24 reporting states produced more milk. Colorado and Texas
were at the top with production increases of 5.9% and 5.8%,
respectively. California was up 2.5% and Wisconsin down 1.0%.
In the Northeast, New York was up 0.3%, but Pennsylvania was
down 7.6%; due to 35,000 fewer cows and 15 less pounds of
milk per cow.
Dairy replacements. USDA’s July 1 Cattle Report puts the
number of dairy replacement heifers at 4.1 million head. This
is 601,500 head less than reported on January 1, and the largest
January to July decline since 1973. The ratio of heifers to milk
cows is the lowest since 2009. Increased breeding of dairy cows
to beef bulls, more farms exiting the dairy business, and lower
heifer prices contribute to the decline.
SE REPORTING STATES - JULY TO JULY MILK PRODUCTION
Georgia Florida Virginia Total
(Production) (million lbs)
July 2019 147 186 119 452
July 2018 143 188 134 465
Change % 2.8% -1.1% -11.2% -2.8%
(Cows) (1,000 head)
July 2019 82 115 74 271
July 2018 81 119 83 283
Difference 1 -4 -9 -12
FLUID MILK SALES JAN-JUN 2018 versus JAN-JUN 2019
2018 (6
months)
2019 (6
months)
Change %
Farm Loads of Milk
per day Change
(million lbs)
Appalachian Order 1,606 1,553 (3.3) (6)
Florida Order 1,357 1,347 (0.7) (1)
Southeast Order 2,146 2,034 (5.2) (12)
Total all Three 5,109 4,934 (3.4) (19)
National*
Conventional 22,140 21,699 (2.0)
Organic 1,293 1,233 (4.6)
Source: Agricultural Marketing Service *National numbers may be skewed due to
California’s change from a state to federal order.
Dairy products. Little change in August dairy product
prices, prices remain steady. All prices except whey are higher
than a year ago. Looking ahead, a bigger inventory and greater
production, along with lower international prices are moving the
butter price lower. Block cheddar cheese is gaining strength
approaching $2.00/lb. but barrels are about $0.25/lb. lower.
Cheese inventories are below a year ago, and demand is reported
as goo.
Milk prices. July blend prices in all three southeastern
federal orders were the highest for the year-to-date, and over
$2.00/cwt. higher than last July. After a historically low Class I
utilization in June, Southeast order Class I utilization rebounded
to normal levels in July. We project higher blend prices in
August, and then remaining relatively flat through the remainder
of the year. With the butter price declining, more of the price
will be carried by milk’s skim portion.
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Milk Prices
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September 2019
Class 1 Advanced Price
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October 2019
Class 1 Advanced Price
(@3.5%BF)
$ 21.24
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September 2019
Class 1 Advanced Price
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October 2019
Class 1 Advanced Price
(@3.5%BF)
$21.64
DAIRY PRODUCTS SALES REPORT PRICES and CLASS I MOVER
Product August 2019 July 2019 August 2018 August 2017
($/lb)
Butter $2.3659 $2.3893 $2.3192 $2.6578
Cheese (block & barrel) $1.8276 $1.8238 $1.5544 $1.6664
Nonfat Dry Milk Powder $1.0335 $1.0393 $0.8111 $0.8733
Dry Whey $0.3671 $0.3631 $0.3681 $0.4345
Sept 2019 August 2019 Sept 2018 Sept 2017
($/cwt.)
Class I Mover (3.5% fat) $17.85 $17.89 $14.85 $16.71
Class I Mover (2.0% fat) $14.00 $14.00 $11.02 $12.26
PROJECTED BLEND PRICES–BASE ZONES – SOUTHEASTERN FEDERAL ORDERS
Month Appalachian Florida Southeast
($/cwt. 3.5% butterfat)
July 2019 (actual) $19.84 $21.75 $20.25
August $20.35 $22.34 $20.89
September $20.16 $22.20 $20.82
October $20.30 $22.28 $20.91
November $20.32 $22.34 $20.92
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Kentucky Teams Excel at Pennsylvania
All-American Dairy Judging Contest
Larissa Tucker, University of Kentucky Extension Associate for Dairy Youth
O
n September 16, 2019 several Kentucky youth
participated in the Pennsylvania All-American
Invitational Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. During the
contest they all had to place 10 classes of dairy cattle and
give reasons to defend those placings. These young people
brought home several awards during the banquet that evening.
The 4-H team members are Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett,
Tyler Moehrke and Casey Montgomery; all from Spencer
County. The FFA team members are Logan Peters, Jason
Combs and Josie Kurtz. Also participating individually in the
Collegiate Division representing the University of Kentucky was
Madison Dyment.
Madison Dyment received the sixth high individual in the
collegiate contest in a very close contest. She also received
fourth place overall in oral reasons, and fifth in both the Jersey
and Guernsey breeds.
In the FFA Division, the Kentucky FFA team from Spencer
County received fourth high team overall and fourth in reasons.
The team also placed third in Ayrshire, fourth in Holstein and
second in Jersey. Team member Jason Combs received tenth
high individual overall in the FFA division. Josie Kurtz received
sixth high individual and was second in Ayrshire. Logan Peters
was fourth in Jerseys.
The 4-H team also received several awards. The 4-H team
was the second-high team in the 4-H division overall and in oral
reasons. The team placed first in Ayrshires, second in Guernsey,
and third in Jerseys. Casey Montgomery received the high
individual award in Ayrshire, fifth in Guernsey, third in Oral
reasons and was second high individual overall. Also receiving
individual awards was Kelly Baird. She was fourth high
individual overall, and second in Guernsey.
Congratulations to an outstanding first contest of the season.
Kentucky 4-H Team Bland Baird, Coach, Tyler Moehrke, Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Casey
Montgomery and Larissa Tucker, coach
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Kentucky Milk Quality Conference Summary 2019
Lewis Ramsey
T
he location was Lake Barkley Resort, Cadiz, KY. The
dates were August 27 through 29th, and the event
was the 2019 Kentucky Milk Quality Conference. The
conference began at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the agenda
focusing on small processing plants. The Christian Hansen,
Inc. gave the first presentation about bio-protection in
fermented dairy products. The next one was about a new
sanitizer called Decon 7, which was described as a product
that may be capable to sanitize all surfaces for just about any
pathogen. Ricky Gulley from Bluegrass Dairy and Foods
discussed different methods of vacuum packaging for cheeses.
The final presentation of the day involved the park’s chef. He
tasted samples of different cheeses that Kentucky cheese
processors had made. Chef Steve used his experiences to
inform the crowd what he enjoyed about each cheese and
what other foods and beverages they would pair up with. After
his discussion was completed, a cheese tasting of all cheeses
from throughout the state was enjoyed by all.
Wednesday morning started with Dr. Charles White revealing
what qualities he considers important when judging milk
products. Dr. White has been judging dairy products at the
Kentucky State Fair for many years and is considered one of
the Masters in his field. Christian Hansen Inc. discussed factors
that affect culture performance. Cultures are used as starters for
fermented dairy products, and without them doing their jobs, the
products will not set. Next, Logan Burns, Laboratory Evaluation
Officer, provided detailed information about pathogenic bacteria
such as listeria, salmonella, and E. coli and the effects they have
on dairy products. The last speaker of the morning session was
Blaire Lipert from Dippin Dots; he shared their story from the
beginning. It was very motivational and impressive. He also
brought some Banana Split Dots with him for everyone to enjoy.
The afternoon session began with presentations being
concentrated on the Grade A market. Mike Brown from The
Kroger Company shared his viewpoints concerning the future;
it is not all negative. John Sanford, Dean Foods, provided an
update on the Appendix N Tetracycline Pilot Program that took
place over the last couple of years. Results indicated that fewer
positive tetracycline results occurred when compared to beta
lactams. Mike Chandler, Prairie Farms-Somerset, explained
the duties that a general manager has. He also discussed the
expansion that was occurring at the Somerset plant. Neil
Bendixsen, DFA, spoke to the group concerning Appendix
B, Milk Hauling. He informed us that at the past National
Conference Interstate Milk Shippers Conference the Milk
Hauling Appendix was reviewed and rewritten bringing it up to
date with the current times. The final speaker of the day was
Roger Hooi from Dean Foods. He addressed what is known as
Appendix T, Preventative Controls. This portion of the PMilk
Ordinance deals with food safety plans and Federal Milk Safety
Act. The night ended with a banquet and the presentation of
Dairy Products Association of Kentucky’s State Fair Dairy
Awards.
Thursday morning began with Hydrite Chemical Senior
Technical Manager, Joel Cook, discussing proper standard
operating procedures for cleaning and sanitizing of equipment.
Next, Ernie Yates of DFA spoke on a new electronic manifest
for milk haulers. Instead of using pen and paper to record
weights, dates, and milk pick-up times, a computer program
would be used. A trial run has been conducted in Colorado and
has provided favorable results. Justin Olson, DFA Regional
Supervisor discussed the New FARM Program which included
farm security, animal welfare issues, and positive social media
issues. Alli Eramo of Foss Foods presented new dairy testing
equipment that Foss had to offer this year.
Overall, an estimated 100 people attended with positive
comments such as, “This was the best conference yet.”
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Southland Dairy Farmers presented 66 educational programs to approximately 10,400 people at the Kentucky State Fair
Southland Dairy Farmers also distributed 45,566 yogurt samples over the course of the State Fair to spectators.
Southland Dairy Farmers at the Fair
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H
ave you ever seen a calf
dressed up as an airplane, or
Raggedy Ann, or a dalmation?
All of those costumes could be seen
at the 4th Annual Kentucky State
Fair Youth Dairy Costume Contest.
Our 2019 contest did not disappoint.
We had 47 entries with 54 youth
participate in the competition and the
costumes were awesome! First place
winners this year were Novice – Grant
Mitchell as Marshall from Paw Patrol
and his dalmation, Junior – Adalyn
Holt as Rosie the Riveter and a B24
airplane, Senior – Skyla Lawless as
Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann,
and Grant Roadcap’s name was
drawn as the winner of our grand
prize barrel fan.
The costume contest started in 2016
with around 15 entries. The participants
and the audience enjoyed the contest,
and we were asked to include younger
children, so we added a 4-8 year old
division in 2017. In 2018, we wanted
to offer the participants a prize they
wouldn’t forget so we asked a dairy
family from Shelby County if they
would consider donating a registered
calf that all the entrants would have a
chance to win. They were more than
happy to, but it was a bittersweet
moment. Cherrywood Farm, the farm
that donated the calf, was one of the
farms affected by the Dean Foods
shutdown. We took the opportunity at
the costume contest to tell the public
about the perils dairy farmers were
facing at the time. Lilly Phillips’ name
was drawn to become the proud owner
of Fairbear, a pretty little registered
Holstein calf which she exhibited at the
Kentucky State Fair this year.
The goal of the dairy costume contest
is to add some extra fun to the youths’
week. We want them to just have a good
time. It doesn’t matter if you have the
grand champion animal or a calf that
ends up at the lower end of its class, you
have an equal chance in the costume
contest. With a little creativity, maybe
some help from a parent, grandparent,
or friend, and a cooperating calf/cow, you
can have a winning entry!
Youth from all over the state participate
in the contest, which is held on the first
Friday night of the Kentucky State Fair
at 5pm in the Border Collie Show Ring.
Prizes have been provided by generous
donors including Burkmann Nutrition,
Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Bluegrass
Stockyard ( Lexington), Citizens Union
Bank, Lincoln Co. Farm Bureau Insurance
(Sonja Bratcher), Boyle Co. Farm Bureau
Insurance (Todd Tiller), Shelby Co. Farm
Bureau Insurance (Pat Hargadon), Gallrein
Farms, Rural King Shelbyville, Dairy
Alliance, Tractor Supply Co. Shelbyville,
Champion Show Supply, and Cherrywood
Farm.
Anyone wanting more information
about the Kentucky State Fair Youth Dairy
Costume Contest or if you are interested in
sponsoring prizes, please contact Judy or
Rachel White at swiss5761@gmail.com or
502-321-0903. Hope to see you at the 2020
KSF Youth Dairy Costume Contest!
Costume Contest Adds Creativity and Fun to Fair Week
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2019 Dairy Products Association of Kentucky Awards
O
n August 13, 2019 at the
fairgrounds in Louisville, KY, the
Dairy Products Association of
Kentucky, DPAK, held its annual State
Fair Dairy Products contest. Dairy
products from permitted facilities from
Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky
submitted samples for the competition.
These products included fluid milks,
cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream,
yogurt, and several different types of
cheeses. The event was officiated
by Dr. Charles White. Dr. White has
been a dairy products judge for many
years participating at different state
fairs and dairy industry functions across
the country. The awards ceremony
occurred on the evening of August 28 at
the Kentucky Milk Quality Conference.
Winchester Farms-Winchester, KY won
Gold Ribbons for the following products:
Whole Buttermilk, Buttermilk less than
2%, Low fat Chocolate Milk, Sour Cream,
Ice Cream-Vanilla,
Premium Ice Cream-Vanilla, Low fat
Frozen Yogurt, and Strawberry Yogurt.
Prairie Farms-Holland, IN won Gold
Ribbons for the following products:
Whole Milk, Sweet Cream Butter, Low
fat Cottage Cheese, Small Curd Cottage
Cheese.
Country Delite, Dean Foods-Nashville,
Tennessee won Gold Ribbons for the
following products:
1% Milk, Skim Milk.
Prairie Farms-Somerset, KY won a Gold
Ribbon for the following product:
Whole Chocolate Milk.
Borden Dairy-London, KY won a Gold
Ribbon for the following product:
2% Milk.
Shuckman’s Fish Company-Louisville,
KY won Gold Ribbons for the following
cheeses:
Flavored Bleu Cheese, Flavored High
Moisture, Smoked, Flavored Open
Cheese.
Bluegrass Dairy and Foods-Glasgow,
KY won Gold Ribbons for the following
cheeses:
Mild Cheddar Cheese, Aged Cheddar
Cheese, Natural Cheese.
Wildcat Mountain Cheese-East Bernstadt,
KY won Gold Ribbons for the following
cheeses:
Natural Alpine Cheese, Cheese Curds.
Harvest Home Dairy-Crestwood, KY won
a Gold Ribbon for the following cheese:
Natural Italian Cheese.
Hilltopper Creamery, Western KY Unv.,-
Bowling Green, KY won a Gold Ribbon
for the following cheese:
Natural Cheddar Cheese.
Stone Cross Farmstead-Taylorsville, KY
won a Gold Ribbon for the following
cheese:
Open Class.
The Artisan Cheese Award was presented
to Shuckman Fish Company, and
the Commercial Cheese Award was
presented to Bluegrass Dairy and Foods.
Winchester Farms was announced as the
Grand Champion.
Kentucky Farm Bureau National Update- United States-Mexico-
Canada Agreement (USMCA): We Must Get It Passed in 2019
T
rade is critical for Kentucky
agriculture and the rural economy.
Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) has
made trade a national priority issue for
2019 and has continuously adopted
policy that supports fair and open
multilateral trade agreements that open
new and expand existing markets for
U.S. agricultural products. The United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
(USMCA) presents an opportunity to do
just this.
The International Trade Commission
(ITC), an independent, nonpartisan
federal agency, projects that the
agreement will add $2.2 billion to the
amount of agricultural and food exports
to Canada and Mexico. The agreement
is particularly beneficial to the dairy
industry. The agreement will provide
new market access for dairy in Canada
and maintains the zero-tariff platform on
all other agriculture products and on all
agriculture products to Mexico. Under
the agreement, U.S. dairy products gain
access to an additional 3.6 percent of
Canada’s dairy market.
Since November 2018, KFB has
worked diligently advocating for passage
of the USMCA. In February, nearly 400
members traveled to Washington, D.C.
to explain to Kentucky’s congressional
delegation the importance of this
agreement to Kentucky agriculture. In
May, President Mark Haney drafted a
letter to President Donald Trump urging
him to provide farmers relief from
China’s retaliatory tariffs and achieve
improvements in trade agreements for
farm families. In June, KFB joined over
900 agriculture organizations and sent
a letter to House and Senate leadership
urging consideration of the USMCA.
Lastly, KFB members had another
opportunity to meet with their U.S.
Representatives over the August recess to
express support for the agreement.
In September, Congress returned to
Washington from its extended recess
to growing pressure from stakeholders
to pass the USMCA. The United
States Trade Representative (USTR)
Robert Lighthizer and other Trump
Administration officials have been
and continue to meet with members
of the House of Representatives that
have expressed reservations about the
agreement. Ultimately, the decision is
up to the House democratic leadership
to bring the USMCA up for a vote in
the House of Representatives. KFB will
continue to advocate for passage of the
agreement this year.
KDDC Director and Allied Industry Corner
Steve Weaver District #8 Director
Steve represents Christian County as a board member to KDDC. Steve and his wife Erma have five children; Jason, Seth, Heidi, Zach-
ary and Abigail. In 2004 Steve and Erma moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to a farm they bought just north of Hopkinsville.
After buying a mostly registered herd of Holsteins from Wisconsin they started milking in 2005. Steve was one of the first west Kentucky
producers to become a member and ship milk to Maryland/Virginia Coop. The cows are housed in a 48-stall tie stall barn with sprinklers
and tunnel ventilation. Breeding age bulls are kept and sold to other local dairies from Steve’s better pedigreed cows. He farms 90 acres
of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat and is a state and national member of the Holstein Association. Steve also is a board member of the
Haiti Benefit Auction.
KDDC’s Board of Directors is compromised of 21 members, 13 dairy farmers, and 8 allied industry representatives. Dairy farmer directors
represent the dairy producers within their respective districts. Allied industry members represent segments of the industry such as but not limited
to, veterinarians, milk handlers, and feed companies. The officers of the KDDC board include: President, Vice-Presidentm and Secretary-
Treasurer. The Executive Committee consists of the officers, the past president, and an elected member at large. The president must always be a
dairy farmer. When board meetings are held, there is one purpose in mind; to do what is best for Kentucky’s dairy farmers and its industry.
VISION: To create a vibrant
and sustainable dairy
industry in Kentucky.
MISSION: To educate,
promote and represent dairy
producers and foster an
environment for growth of
the Kentucky dairy industry.
GOALS:
•	 To increase Kentucky
dairy farmers’ profitability
•	 To improve Kentucky
dairy farmers’
competiveness
•	 To enhance Kentucky
dairy farm families’
quality of life
•	 To assist in the
sustainability of
Kentucky’s dairy industry
Freeman Brundige District #1 Director
Freeman was raised on a small dairy in Weakley county Tennessee. Graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1974 Freeman
managed the UT Dairy in 1977 and 1978. In the later part of 1978 Freeman and wife Connie bought a dairy in Graves county Kentucky
and has operated a dairy there for 40 years. Freeman and Connie also have two daughters, Dottie and Wendy. Registered Guernseys and
Jerseys are what make up the herd of 70 milk cows. Over the years Freeman has been very active in local, regional, state and national
dairy shows and currently has a herd classification score of 89 points. The dairy operates 640 acres of owned and rented ground and cus-
tom bales hay on 3000 acres. Freeman and Connie were Outstanding Young Dairy Producers for Dairymen Incorporated (DI) in the early
1980s and Freeman also served 3 years on the DI board of directors. Currently the dairy is being transitioned to MD Crum.
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ATTENTION: DAIRY FARM FAMILIES!
You’re invited to attend
Your Kentucky Area Dairy Producer Meetings for 2019
The ADA of Kentucky and The Dairy Alliance will cover industry issues, promotional efforts and upcoming events.
The ADA of Kentucky will hold elections in odd-numbered districts. There will be plenty of time for discussion,
questions, fellowship and good food! While you are welcome at any Kentucky district meeting, elections will be held in
odd-numbered districts.
Please RSVP at least one week prior to your meeting.
For more information contact Denise at 270.970.4792
District
# District Areas Meeting Date, Time & Location
PleaseRSVPtoyour
District Chairman
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Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian,
Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman,
Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken,
Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Union, Webster
Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Christian County Extension Office
2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville, KY
Sheila Keeling
270.792.0020
585 Jason Ridge Road
Lewisburg, KY 42256
2
Breckenridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson,
Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, McLean,
Meade, Ohio
Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Cave City Convention Center
502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY
Hope Reynolds
270.528.6188
1018 Bales Road
Magnolia, KY 42757
3 Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Warren
Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Cave City Convention Center
502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY
Richard Mattingly
270.646.6948
3625 Etoila Road
Glasgow, KY 42141
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Grant, Henry, Kenton, Oldham, Owen, Scott, Shelby,
Trimble
Friday, November 8 - 7:00 p.m. EST
Shelby County Extension Office
1117 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, KY
Judy White
502.321.0903
2550 Pea Ridge Road
Waddy, KY 40076
5 Casey, Green, Taylor
Thursday, November 7 - 7:00 p.m. EST
Taylor County Extension Office
1143 South Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY
Jeff Deener
270.789.9019
139 Sanders Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718
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Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Marion,
Mercer, Nelson, Spencer, Washington, Woodford
Thursday, November 12 - 7:00 p.m. EST
Marion County Extension Office
415 Fairgrounds Rd, Lebanon, KY
Kim Jones
270.402.1383
3310 Highway 52
Loretto, KY 40037
7 Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe
Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Cave City Convention Center
502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY 42127
Dale Fudge
270.407.1173
163 Fudge Street
Gamaliel, KY 42140
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Adair, Russell
Thursday, November 14 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Lindsey Wilson College Cranmer Dining Center
430 Hellen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY
Billy Rowe
270.634.0334
499 Norman Grant Road
Columbia, KY 42728
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Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Clinton, Estill, Floyd, Harlan,
Jackson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher,
Lincoln, Magoffin, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pike,
Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe
Friday, November 15 - 7:30 p.m. EST
Marcella’s Farm to Fork
216 Cedar Rapids Road, Mount Vernon, KY
Ronnie Patton
606.309.5138
5049 Highway 490
East Bernstadt, KY 40729
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Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Clark, Elliott,
Fleming, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Lawrence,
Lewis, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan,
Nicholas, Pendleton, Robertson, Rowan
Thursday, October 31 - 12:00 p.m. EST
Blue Licks State Park
10299 Maysville Road, Carlisle, KY
Paul Colson
859.298.5609
225 Shaw Lane
Cynthiana, KY 41031
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Green, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence,
Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Scott, Spencer,
Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren,
Warrick, Washington
Thursday, November 21 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Our Cafe
104 North Main Street, Ft. Branch, IN
Kelly Obert
812.779.8531
7826 S 550 E
Fort Branch, IN 47648
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KDDC September/October 2019

  • 1. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 1 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk MattersS e p t e m b e r - O c t o b e r w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g KENTUCKY Supported by The Powers of Observation: 3 Tools You Can Use On Your Dairy Today To Monitor CleanlinessAnd Spot Check For Milk Quality page 10 2019 Dairy Products Association of Kentucky Awards page 20 Cheese Auction Brings in $12,600 for Youth Exhibitors continued on page 13
  • 2. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 2 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2019 KDDC Board of Directors & Staff Executive Committee President: Richard Sparrow Vice President: Charles Townsend, DVM Sec./Treasurer: Tom Hastings EC Member: Tony Cowherd EC Member: Freeman Brundige EC Past President: Bob Klingenfus Board of Directors District 1: Freeman Brundige 731.446.6248 District 2: Josh Duvall 270.535.6533 District 3: Keith Long 270.670.1388 District 4: Bill Crist Jr. 270.590.3185 District 5: Tony Compton 270.378.0525 District 6: Mark Williams 270.427.0796 District 7: Greg Goode 606.303.2150 District 8: Steve Weaver 270.475.3154 District 9: Jerry Gentry 606.875.2526 District 10: Richard Sparrow 502.370.6730 District 11: Stewart Jones 270.402.4805 District 12: John Kuegel 270.316.0351 Equipment: Tony Cowherd 270.469.0398 Milk Haulers: Alan Wilson 606.875.7281 Genetics: Dan Johnson 502.905.8221 Feed: Tom Hastings 270.748.9652 Nutrition: Dr. Ron Wendlandt 502.839.4222 Dairy Co-op: Justin Olson 765.499.4817 Veterinary: Dr. Charles Townsend 270.726.4041 Finance: Michael Smith 859.619.4995 Heifer Raiser: Bill Mattingly 270.699.1701 Former Pres.: Bob Klingenfus 502.817.3165 Employee & Consultants Executive Director: H.H. Barlow 859.516.1129 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 kddcroberts@gmail.com 859.516.1409 DC-Southern: Meredith Scales 2617 Harristown Road, Russell Springs, KY 42642 mescales2@gmail.com 859.516.1966 DC-Northern: Jennifer Hickerson 4887 Mt Sterling Road, 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 Richard Sparrow A t the recently concluded Kentucky State Fair Youth Dairy Show, I was made aware the Kentucky State Fair Board had decided to only pay show premiums for the first seven places in youth classes. I assume this is a cost-cutting measure, but I believe it sends the wrong message to our young people. I exhibited my first Brown Swiss calf at the Kentucky State Fair in 1962. For several years, my anticipation was so great that I could not sleep the night before. In those days, all premiums were based on the Danish system, that all blue ribbon animals were paid the same premium. Also, if you took your heifer to the County Fair and District Show, you received an extra $20.00 per animal for travel expense. In the 60s, youth were supported for their hard work, and we need to restore that support. Unless you (or your child) have exhibited cattle, it is hard to express how much it means to these kids and what they can accomplish with a lot of hard work and determination. As an example, my son Joe showed his first Brown Swiss heifer at the State Fair when he was ten. Later that year, he wrote a winning essay about his dairy show experience entitled “Seventh, Not Last.” Since that first State Fair show, my sons Joe, Ben and Kirby have won championships all across the country. This October, Joe will be the official judge for Brown Swiss at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The encouragement they received along the way was a big contributing factor to their desire to continue and achieve future success. I believe all the hard work and expense that our Kentucky youth expend should be rewarded. If any of you agree, I would encourage you to contact a State Fair Board member and express your feelings. www.mccormickna.com McCormick is a trademark of Argo Tractors S.p.A. Built for Versatility. McCORMICK X5 SERIES. WHAT A UTILITY TRACTOR SHOULD BE. Built for versatility, these tractors excel in operations such as hay, livestock, small-scale crop production, specialty applications, loader work, and all around utility projects. Built in-house by McCormick and boasting up to 113 Horsepower, the X5 series is set to make a statement in the agriculture equipment market. Shaker Equipment Sales, LLC Daniel Smith, Owner/Sales Manager 270-991-6287 shaker@logantele.com 13052 Bowling Green Road Auburn, KY 42206 Aggressive Leases until the end of the year!
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  • 4. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 4 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Executive Director Comments H H Barlow W hat a difference a few months make! Two months ago, I wrote that dairy supply and demand are in better alignment than they have been in years. In August, the growth of national milk production was only .2% compared to August 2018. So far this year, we are under 1% growth compared to the last few years, when we’ve been averaging over 2% growth. On September 20th, cheddar cheese blocks closed at $2.05/lb. and October Class III futures closed at $18.66. Both are highs not seen since 2016. These favorable pricing indexes are the result of several factors…First, liquidation of herds; Second, a smaller national cow herd - 130,000 cows less than a year ago; Third, consumption is up a fraction and whole milk consumption is up over last year. In addition, surprisingly our exports are over 14% of supply. This is 2% below their peak the last few years, but remarkably good in the current trade climate. If we solve our trade issues, I believe our milk prices will continue to rise. Finally, two more exciting developments regarding milk prices…There are milk companies in Kentucky looking for additional milk and signing up new supply. Also, milk co-ops are bringing over-order premiums back into the marketplace. In late August, I attended the Kentucky Milk Quality Conference at Lake Barkley. It was personally eye opening for me. The program was excellent; however, the real benefit was interacting with our Kentucky processors. We have three large fluid processors – Borden in London, Prairie Farms in Somerset and Winchester Farms (Kroger) in Winchester. We also have four dairy product processors in Kentucky – Bluegrass Dairy and Food in Springfield and Glasgow, specializing in milk and cheese powders; Saputo Dairy in Murray, specializing in creamers, specialty drinks and whipping cream; Bel Cheese in Leitchfield, producing small cheese favors such as Baby Bel and The Laughing Cow cheese wedges; Lastly, Dippin’ Dots in Paducah, producing, as they call it, “The World’s Favorite Ice Cream”. I have engaged with most of these processors and toured three of the plants. The processing of milk is quite an amazing endeavor. They need our dairy farmer’s milk and we need their plants to process our milk, a synergistic relationship. KDDC’s goal is to improve these relationships and to concentrate on growing the market for Kentucky milk. After starting as executive director, I requested an accounting of our dairy farmers’ status in 2019 by way of a mailed survey to each dairyman. We were extremely pleased that approximately 35% of the surveys were returned, with a few still trickling in. If you haven’t yet submitted yours, please take a moment to complete and return it right away. We will report on the results in the next issue of Milk Matters. Also, KDDC staff have created a performance summary to highlight KDDC’s accomplishments over the past fourteen years. We are using this summary to tell our story for all interested parties, such as legislators, allied industry partners, sponsors and especially for our dairy farm members. One major highlight in our summary is that over $8 million dollars has been paid directly to producers through the MILK Incentive Leadership Kentucky Program. You can read the whole summary in the newsletter on page 12. Finally, I had the opportunity to present testimony to the Kentucky Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee on the state of Kentucky’s dairy industry in 2019. I presented an eighteen slide power point for thirty minutes and answered questions for forty- five minutes. There was tremendous interest in our past problems, what we’re doing now and where we’re headed. They specifically wanted to know what they could do to help create an atmosphere for success for our Kentucky dairymen. Their questions covered milk pricing, market access, animal welfare challenges, trade issues and a big one - what effect alternative milk products have had on our fluid consumption. I’m pleased to announce that committee chairmen, The Honorable Richard Heath and The Honorable Paul Hornback, wrote a letter to our Kentucky Congressional Delegation and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging the House to quickly pass the USMCA Trade Agreement, which would greatly improve our ability to export more dairy products. I feel this presentation was beneficial in informing our Kentucky legislators about our present status and future needs. It has been a very busy time and KDDC has been working diligently to improve Kentucky’s dairy industry. Pray for cooler weather and keep eating cheese and ice cream!!!
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  • 6. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 6 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund ‘Drink Whole Milk 97% Fat Free!’ It’s becoming contagious Sherry Bunting T here’s no shortage of good old-fashioned volunteer effort promoting Whole Milk ever since Lebanon, Pa. dairy farmer Nelson Troutman painted his first round bale with “Drink Whole Milk 97% Fat Free” and placed it in a pasture by an intersection in late December. Within days, he began getting questions from his neighbors. Within two weeks, he was painting round bales for other dairy farms and local businesses. In January, they began dotting the countryside across three Pa. counties. He’s made at least 50, and countless more have been painted by others joining in.  It’s becoming contagious. By February, six local businesses and organizations raised funds to purchase 1000 magnetic vehicle signs (12” x 12”) with the same message in black and red, and since then, more businesses have ordered vehicle signs to distribute. Also in February, a group of Lancaster area farmers gathered to brainstorm how to continue the conversation the ‘Milk Baleboards’ had begun – to focus on milk education beyond the bale. From this meeting, 97 Milk LLC was formed with a volunteer board. They launched a website www.97milk.com and social media platforms @97Milk on Facebook and Instagram and @97milk1 on Twitter, and 97 Milk LLC raised funds from more than a dozen local and national businesses to cover website costs and purchase printed handouts and cool things imprinted with the message to give out at family farm days, corn mazes, and other community events. Even some corn mazes in southeast Pa. are doing the message in their design. One is having visitors answer milk questions to move through the maze! In western and eastern Pennsylvania, and other states I’m sure, people are making and selling bumper stickers as fundraisers for youth programs, and 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, county dairy maids and businesses are getting involved at local levels with parade floats and event signage. In Central New York, producers and agribusinesses worked with a sign company on truck window decals and a 20-foot banner for a parked trailer. Artists in the area began painting round bales. Some sport the Real Seal. Some mention Chocolate Milk refuel. Most say the simple words: Drink Whole Milk 97% Fat Free. Troutman has added new ones too: Yellow with the words “Butter is Better” and square bales painted like swiss cheese “Eat Cheese Please.” In June, he began doing bales with: “Ask for Whole Milk in School.” These are appearing in other states Even Allied Milk Producers, Inc., a qualified checkoff organization, used its voluntary-penny-fund to do a real billboard along the tourist-heavy and high-traffic Rte. 30 near Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Nelson Troutman can be contacted at 717.821.1484. To see his step by step ‘how to paint a round bale’ scroll to the end of a March Farmshine article at this link: https://wp.me/p329u7-1tD
  • 7. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 7 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund as well. In fact, pictures of round bales and signage have poured in from a dozen states. Today, the 97milk.com website appears on vehicle signs and new versions of painted round bales, actual billboards, and recently the large 6’ x 4’ banners – 60 of them purchased by an equipment company in Myerstown, Pa that are going like hotcakes for farm buildings, grocery stores, and businesses with high visibility. The bottom line is each community picks it up and runs with it, gaining support for sign printing, for example, from their local businesses. And the website and social media provided by 97 Milk LLC is a common thread. Posts are done six days a week with ideas and photos coming in from across the country. Through private messages and a Dairy Desk email at the website, a wide range of consumer questions are addressed, along with many requests for materials. A download area at the website has files to make banners, signs, license plates, bumper stickers, handouts and more. Inquiries come in from across the country, even around the world. In fact, dairy farmers in South America asked to copy the idea, and producers in England started a similar Whole Milk revival. People are blooming where they are planted – volunteering in true grassroots form with their time and ideas and even out-of- pocket costs. Any money raised separately by the grassroots Pa. Dairy Advisory Committee and by 97 Milk LLC is used to cover costs of printing and materials and such. Together, its multiplying and having a catalytic impact. The signs and round bales are noticed by consumers and legislators. The social media platforms continue to attract large audiences to the milk education posts. After 8 months, the Facebook page has over 8,200 followers with individual posts having reached millions since February. Those involved report how people are thirsting for knowledge about the benefits and full flavor of full fat Real Whole Dairy Milk -- once you catch their attention! The now ubiquitous 97% Fat Free message is doing just that, catching attention and opening doors of communication. Fluid milk sales were up 0.2% in July, the first year-over- year increase in 10 years with Whole Milk sales up 3.6% and Flavored Whole Milk Sales up 10.4%. In June, local stores were surveyed in the Lancaster, Berks and Lebanon Counties of Pennsylvania – where the Milk Baleboard and 97 Milk efforts began. They report that while Whole Milk sales had been on a gradual incline, these sales are up there even more significantly since January. And there is a petition for the next generation -- to bring Whole Milk back to schools via proposed legislation and other policy efforts. At least 10,000 signatures are needed for impact. Check out the petition at http://chng.it/QDW7zwLDYQ COWHERD AD
  • 8. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 8 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund A Dairy Good Time at the State Fair The 2019 Ky State Fair was a great success and the second year for “AgLand” where Ky Agriculture was highlighted in the Southwing. The Dairy Alliance partnered with the Dairy Products Association of Kentucky to showcase all the great things dairy provides on Ky families tables. Ky Dairy Farmers helped to share dairy’s story with fairgoers, hand out cheese donated by Bluegrass Dairy and Foods and talked about how they care for their cows, milk and land. Karman Meyer, RDN, LD performed a cooking demonstration on the Gourmet Garden stage. Karman highlighted the importance of dairy in the diet, including how to incorporate dairy if you are lactose intolerant and new research supporting how full-fat dairy helps decrease the onset of certain health issues. Livingston Co. Schools Launch Smoothie Program The Dairy Alliance School Health and Wellness Manager, Alan Curtsinger, collaborated with new Livingston County Schools Child Nutrition Director, Kristy Nelson, to provide Livingston Central High School Food Services staff a training on smoothie preparation and then sampled smoothies with the students. Over 200 chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie (milk, yogurt, and fruit) samples were provided, and they were so popular the school applied for a smoothie grant to start offering smoothies every week as a breakfast option. Nelson shared, “I wanted to let you know our students were buzzing around the hallways post-smoothie tasting about how awesome the experience was. Even the faculty complimented on how well everything went! Thank you again for your help in such a great day.” ABC’s of Back to School Healthy back-to-school habits Shelby Shelby, Registered Dietition with Owensboro Health Medical Group, appeared on WBKO in Bowling Green to discuss the ABC’s of Back to School with viewers. She highlighted Greek yogurt as an additional protein source in the Mediterranean Shrimp Sheet Pan recipe. She also pointed out milk as a great source of nutrients for concern - calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and as having more protein than an egg. Shelby also supported chocolate milk as an option for kids in school, because milk is so nutritious if chocolate helps make sure they drink it - that’s ok. Check out the video here: https://www.wbko.com/ video?vid=530535032
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  • 10. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 10 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund The Powers Of Observation: 3 Tools You Can Use On Your Dairy Today To Monitor Cleanliness And Spot Check For Milk Quality John Laster, DVM T he dairies we work in are full of gadgets and devices to help simplify our lives; from conductivity readers to phone cell counters the possibilities are endless. Add in the data stream from DHIA records, transponders, and parlor management software, and you can easily bury yourself in enough data to make NASA have heart palpitations. Regardless of the equipment, environment, or the size of your operation, these principles of observation are the same. It should be our goal to do what is best for the cow with every decision we make. These tips will help you monitor your dairy and provide some tools as an early detection system for milk quality. #1 Monitor environment: If you are in a free stall or tie stall barn, monitor manure and urine piles in the stalls. On a dairy with properly sized stalls, less than 5% of stalls should have manure contamination. If you are consistently having more than 5% of stalls contaminated with urine or manure, you need to rethink the way your stalls are designed. If there is manure underneath the loop, are the stalls too wide? If the manure is forward in the stall, do we need to adjust or add a brisket locator? If the cows can stand with all four feet in the stalls, should we adjust the neck rail? Remember, mastitis is a numbers game, the more bacteria the cows are laying in, the more chances for her to get mastitis. Figure 1: The graph above compares the percent of cows improperly positioned in stalls and the herd average cell count on the herds observed. The more cows aren’t po- sitioned correctly, the higher the cell count in that herd. (graph courtesy Dr. Johnson) Figure 2: This photo is an example of inappropriate position in a stall. A brisket locator can help us get her backside and tail over the curb where she can defecate in the alley. Figure 3: appropriate tail and butt positions in a free stall. This should allow for less stool contamination on the udder and lower new infection rates in the cows. (Courtesy Dr. Andy Johnson) #2 Monitor udder cleanliness: The cleanliness of the udder is critical to success in any mastitis prevention program. Dr. Ruegg and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin created an udder cleanliness scoring chart. This is available online for free, and is very helpful in assessing cleanliness on your farm. Similar to checking stalls for stool contamination, looking at the udders in the milking parlor or the tie-stall barn will give you a good idea of how your farm is doing. If you are in a tie-stall and see over 20% of the herd scoring 3’s and 4’s, look at the size of the stalls, and check their butt location when laying in the stalls. If they are getting turned out, is there an area in their field or an alleyway that is serving as the source of mud and manure? Whether in a tie-stall or free stall, how good of a job and how often is scraping of the
  • 11. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 11 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund stalls occurring? In free stalls, we advise that our cow pusher scrapes and levels stalls each time he pushes a group. In tie- stalls, scraping needs to occur at minimum three times a day. Compost barns should be worked twice daily to keep manure contamination minimal. If manure contamination is present on 20% or more cows in a compost barn, look at stocking density, tilling, and bedding. If the pack is too wet, manure will easily cake on the cows. If you are overcrowding a compost barn, it is very difficult to keep the barn dry and the cows clean. #3 Alcohol Swab teats before attaching units: Observations for milk quality can also be made in the parlor. Our goal in the parlor is to only hang units on dry, clean, and well stimulated cows. Cleanliness in the parlor is extremely important in prevention of new cases of mastitis. Of all parts of the prep procedure, none is more important than drying cows appropriately. No matter the size of the dairy, anyone can check teat cleanliness with alcohol swabs. Even if you milk with robots, this is an easy way to check cleanliness prior to a robot attaching units. The more manure and debris left on the teats, the more likely that cow is to contract a new case of mastitis. We recommend taking 3 by 3 gauze or cotton balls, soaking them in rubbing alcohol, and using them for alcohol swabs. Right before the unit is ready to go on the cows, we wipe the teat ends with the pads to see if any manure or debris is present. See the attached score card for scoring the alcohol swab. We recommend spot checking each milker on five to ten cows weekly. Our experience has shown us that clean and dry terry cloth towels do the best job in drying and removing manure and debris from teats. If alcohol swabs are consistently scoring 3’s and 4’s, it would be pertinent to retrain the milker on wiping teat ends prior to hanging the unit. We recommend to have milkers dry downward in a spiral motion on all four teats, then flip the towel and wipe each teat end prior to attachment. When we are consulting on a dairy, we compare alcohol swabs between each milker on each shift. We staple the alcohol swabs on a poster board, and give a small reward to the milker with the cleanest alcohol swabs. This is a good way to let your milking staff know that cleanliness in the parlor matters to you, and it can be a good training visual aid for milker meetings. With a little elbow grease and by honing your skills of observation, these simple tricks can help you monitor quality and cleanliness on your dairy. Thanks for reading and send us an email or call us and let us know if these quick tips helped. John Laster, DVM Todd County Animal Clinic (270)839-9157 jlaster722@gmail.com
  • 12. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 12 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KDDC Performance Summary 2005-2018 • At the end of 2018 Kentucky host 57,000 cows and over 1 billion pounds of milk and 190 million dollars of milk sold. Total number of dairies was 520. • Kentucky dairy farms increased production per cow from 12,447 lbs. in 2005 to 18,479 lbs. in 2018 (a 49% increase) • Milk Incentive Leadership Program (MILK) • Over 8 million dollars paid directly to producers through the MILK program • SCC decreased from 422,000 in 2005 to 247,000 in 2018 • 255 total producers on the program • The first 7 years of the MILK program produced over 350 million additional pounds of milk which equaled 67 million dollars • MILK Counts: Milk Quality & Management Improvement Initiative • Joint program with KDDC and University of Kentucky to improve milk quality on farms • Conducted Educational Events for Dairy producers • Annual Young Dairy producer conference • Barn Meetings • Animal Care • DOW – Division of Water • Young Dairy Producer Initiative • Annual Young Dairyman Conference • Wisconsin Dairy Expo Fall Bus Tour • Summer Dairy Tours • KDDC consultants assisted producers in obtaining energy grants • 1 million dollars paid to dairy farmers to date • KDDC consultants assist producers to become compliant with the Division of Water. KDDC is the first commodity group to facilitate division of water compliance to producers • Ag Water Quality Plans total 51 • KYMNP/ CMNP total 58 • KY No Discharge Permit total 79 • Calibrated in forming the Southeast Dairy Coalition with other states. • Installed the Dairy Margin Coverage Incentive Program a cost share program to incentivize producers to buy insurance offered through FSA. The KDDC began in 2004 with a small group of dairy farmers and industry people who saw the need for an organization to work and speak on behalf of Kentucky’s dairy farm families. After working over the course of a year the KDDC became an officially recognized organization in January of 2005. Since then the KDDC has been actively pursuing its mission: To educate, promote and represent dairy farmers and foster an environment of growth for the KY dairy industry. The KDDC Board of Directors is comprised of 20 members, 12 dairy farmers and eight (8) allied industry representatives. Dairy farmer directors represent the dairy producers within their respective districts, while allied industry members represent segments of the industry such as but not limited to, veterinarians, milk haulers and feed companies. The allied industry members pay dues to participate in the organization. The officers of the KDDC include: President, Vice-President, and Secretary- Treasurer. The Executive Committee consists of the officers, the past president and an elected member at large. The president must be a dairy farmer. Presently the KDDC is funded through a grant provided by the KY Agricultural Development Fund along with dues paid by allied industry organizations and advertising receipts from the KY Milk Matters Newsletter, the bi-monthly publication of the KDDC. We also receive donations from individuals and dairy farmers. The KDDC Dairy Consultant Program – the primary purpose of the Dairy Consultant Program is to provide manpower to implement and facilitate the programs under the KDIP umbrella. Specific Goals and responsibilities: • To establish relationships with dairy farm families within an area to educate facilitate and equip producers in KDDC and other programs. • Dairy Consultants submit a monthly activity report designating farm visits, educational meetings and promotions along with new signups into KDDC Programs. • KDDC Consultants aid dairymen in facilities and dairy improvement. We are proud of the many accomplishments KDDC has achieved. Much has been done, but much more is before us.
  • 13. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 13 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Youth Overall Winners Commissioner of Ag Trophy -Taylor Graves, Danville KY Supreme Champion Heifer -Apple-PTS Aleesa-Red-ET 3147207058, Brilee Tucker, Edmonton KY Supreme Champion Cow -KCJF Blackstone Harmony JE8400031322565, Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY Youth Herdsman Award -Casey Co. Dairy Club, Metalfe County Dairy Club, Caitie Collier Harrodsburg KY, Cade & Colton Huffman, Spencer Co. Dairy Club, Taylorsville KY, Skyla & Lexia Lawless, Jemma & Ellie Jenkins Ayrshire: Junior Champion -Old N Lazy Reagan Carissa, Tre Wright, Elizabethtown KY Grand Champion -J-G Springs Berkley Gracie, Emily Goode, Liberty KY Champion Showperson - Emily Goode, Liberty KY Brown Swiss: Junior Champion -Barrick Kannon Sunset 68199094, Payden Houchens, Glasgow KY Grand Champion -Hoodstead Goliath Peach ETV 68170975, Attalee June Taylor, Glasgow KY Champion Showperson -Skyla Lawless, Russell Springs Ky Guernsey: Junior Champion -Springhill Python Juki- ETV Tyler Smith, Nicholasville KY Grand Champion -Nicleys Haileys Huggable Hunter Smith, Nicholasville KY Champion Showperson -Tyler Berryman, Nicholasville KY Holstein: Junior Champion -Janney Rev-me-up Tequila 840003142936280, Bree Russell, Knob Lick KY Grand Champion -Lane Oak Bradnick Milicity 142918937, Brittany Bennett, Cynthiana KY Champion Showperson -Lillie Wood Shelbyville KY Premier Breeder -Mark Jones, Loretto KY Premier Exhibitor -Brittany Bennett, Cynthiana KY Jersey: Junior Champion -KCJF Regency Moscato 3145480653, Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY Grand Champion -KCJF Blackstone Harmony 3132256578 Jackson Powers, Salvisa KY Champion Showperson -Elise Carpenter, Russell Springs KY Milking Shorthorn: Junior Champion -Charles Thomas Branstetter, Edmonton KY Grand Champion -Kendall Horn, Shelbyville KY Red & White: Junior Champion -Apple - PTS Aleesa - Red ET 3147207058, Brilee Tucker, Edmonton KY Grand Champion -Entourage LC Fire-Red-ET 3137877993, Tre Wright, Elizabethtown KY Champion Showperson -Morgan Berryman, Nicholasville KY continued from cover 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
  • 14. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 14 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Dixie Dairy Report September 2019 Fluid milk sales for the first half of 2019. Conventional fluid milk sales, for the first half of 2019 compared to 2018, are down 2.0% and organic sales are down 4.6%. The larger organic decline may be due to organic milk drinkers shifting to plant based alternatives. On the positive side, whole milk sales are up 0.7% for conventional and 0.9% for organic. On the other hand, reduced fat sales are down 4.5% and 8.3%, respectively. Milk consumers are purchasing whole milk, and turning away from reduced fat milk, even though nutrition and other programs emphasize reduced fat dairy products. In the Southeast States, fluid sales in all three federal orders combined are 3.4% below a year ago, for the first six months of the year. On a daily basis, this decline is the equivalent of almost 1 million lbs. of farm milk per day. As shown above, most of the sales decline is in the Appalachian and Southeast orders. Fluid sales are only down 0.7% in the Florida order. The Southeast States account for about 23% of the nation’s fluid milk sales. Milk production. During July the combined milk production in three southeast reporting states, which produce about two- thirds of the milk in the Southeast, is down 2.8%. As shown in the table, almost all the decline is in Virginia. Production is up 2.8% in Georgia, and down 1.1% in Florida. Georgia gained a thousand cows in July, along with 25 more pounds of milk per cow. Florida per cow production was up 35 pounds in July. Virginia’s production decline remains in double digits. Nationally, July milk production was unchanged compared to a year ago. There are 82,000 less cows than a year ago. Dairy cow slaughter in July was over 7% higher than a year ago. Milk per cow was up 17 lbs. compared to last July. Thirteen of the 24 reporting states produced more milk. Colorado and Texas were at the top with production increases of 5.9% and 5.8%, respectively. California was up 2.5% and Wisconsin down 1.0%. In the Northeast, New York was up 0.3%, but Pennsylvania was down 7.6%; due to 35,000 fewer cows and 15 less pounds of milk per cow. Dairy replacements. USDA’s July 1 Cattle Report puts the number of dairy replacement heifers at 4.1 million head. This is 601,500 head less than reported on January 1, and the largest January to July decline since 1973. The ratio of heifers to milk cows is the lowest since 2009. Increased breeding of dairy cows to beef bulls, more farms exiting the dairy business, and lower heifer prices contribute to the decline. SE REPORTING STATES - JULY TO JULY MILK PRODUCTION Georgia Florida Virginia Total (Production) (million lbs) July 2019 147 186 119 452 July 2018 143 188 134 465 Change % 2.8% -1.1% -11.2% -2.8% (Cows) (1,000 head) July 2019 82 115 74 271 July 2018 81 119 83 283 Difference 1 -4 -9 -12 FLUID MILK SALES JAN-JUN 2018 versus JAN-JUN 2019 2018 (6 months) 2019 (6 months) Change % Farm Loads of Milk per day Change (million lbs) Appalachian Order 1,606 1,553 (3.3) (6) Florida Order 1,357 1,347 (0.7) (1) Southeast Order 2,146 2,034 (5.2) (12) Total all Three 5,109 4,934 (3.4) (19) National* Conventional 22,140 21,699 (2.0) Organic 1,293 1,233 (4.6) Source: Agricultural Marketing Service *National numbers may be skewed due to California’s change from a state to federal order. Dairy products. Little change in August dairy product prices, prices remain steady. All prices except whey are higher than a year ago. Looking ahead, a bigger inventory and greater production, along with lower international prices are moving the butter price lower. Block cheddar cheese is gaining strength approaching $2.00/lb. but barrels are about $0.25/lb. lower. Cheese inventories are below a year ago, and demand is reported as goo. Milk prices. July blend prices in all three southeastern federal orders were the highest for the year-to-date, and over $2.00/cwt. higher than last July. After a historically low Class I utilization in June, Southeast order Class I utilization rebounded to normal levels in July. We project higher blend prices in August, and then remaining relatively flat through the remainder of the year. With the butter price declining, more of the price will be carried by milk’s skim portion.
  • 15. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 15 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Milk Prices FMMO 5 www.malouisville.com September 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 21.25 October 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 21.24 FMMO 7 www.fmmmatlanta.com September 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $ 21.65 October 2019 Class 1 Advanced Price (@3.5%BF) $21.64 DAIRY PRODUCTS SALES REPORT PRICES and CLASS I MOVER Product August 2019 July 2019 August 2018 August 2017 ($/lb) Butter $2.3659 $2.3893 $2.3192 $2.6578 Cheese (block & barrel) $1.8276 $1.8238 $1.5544 $1.6664 Nonfat Dry Milk Powder $1.0335 $1.0393 $0.8111 $0.8733 Dry Whey $0.3671 $0.3631 $0.3681 $0.4345 Sept 2019 August 2019 Sept 2018 Sept 2017 ($/cwt.) Class I Mover (3.5% fat) $17.85 $17.89 $14.85 $16.71 Class I Mover (2.0% fat) $14.00 $14.00 $11.02 $12.26 PROJECTED BLEND PRICES–BASE ZONES – SOUTHEASTERN FEDERAL ORDERS Month Appalachian Florida Southeast ($/cwt. 3.5% butterfat) July 2019 (actual) $19.84 $21.75 $20.25 August $20.35 $22.34 $20.89 September $20.16 $22.20 $20.82 October $20.30 $22.28 $20.91 November $20.32 $22.34 $20.92
  • 16. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 16 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Kentucky Teams Excel at Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Judging Contest Larissa Tucker, University of Kentucky Extension Associate for Dairy Youth O n September 16, 2019 several Kentucky youth participated in the Pennsylvania All-American Invitational Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. During the contest they all had to place 10 classes of dairy cattle and give reasons to defend those placings. These young people brought home several awards during the banquet that evening. The 4-H team members are Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Tyler Moehrke and Casey Montgomery; all from Spencer County. The FFA team members are Logan Peters, Jason Combs and Josie Kurtz. Also participating individually in the Collegiate Division representing the University of Kentucky was Madison Dyment. Madison Dyment received the sixth high individual in the collegiate contest in a very close contest. She also received fourth place overall in oral reasons, and fifth in both the Jersey and Guernsey breeds. In the FFA Division, the Kentucky FFA team from Spencer County received fourth high team overall and fourth in reasons. The team also placed third in Ayrshire, fourth in Holstein and second in Jersey. Team member Jason Combs received tenth high individual overall in the FFA division. Josie Kurtz received sixth high individual and was second in Ayrshire. Logan Peters was fourth in Jerseys. The 4-H team also received several awards. The 4-H team was the second-high team in the 4-H division overall and in oral reasons. The team placed first in Ayrshires, second in Guernsey, and third in Jerseys. Casey Montgomery received the high individual award in Ayrshire, fifth in Guernsey, third in Oral reasons and was second high individual overall. Also receiving individual awards was Kelly Baird. She was fourth high individual overall, and second in Guernsey. Congratulations to an outstanding first contest of the season. Kentucky 4-H Team Bland Baird, Coach, Tyler Moehrke, Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Casey Montgomery and Larissa Tucker, coach
  • 17. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 17 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Kentucky Milk Quality Conference Summary 2019 Lewis Ramsey T he location was Lake Barkley Resort, Cadiz, KY. The dates were August 27 through 29th, and the event was the 2019 Kentucky Milk Quality Conference. The conference began at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the agenda focusing on small processing plants. The Christian Hansen, Inc. gave the first presentation about bio-protection in fermented dairy products. The next one was about a new sanitizer called Decon 7, which was described as a product that may be capable to sanitize all surfaces for just about any pathogen. Ricky Gulley from Bluegrass Dairy and Foods discussed different methods of vacuum packaging for cheeses. The final presentation of the day involved the park’s chef. He tasted samples of different cheeses that Kentucky cheese processors had made. Chef Steve used his experiences to inform the crowd what he enjoyed about each cheese and what other foods and beverages they would pair up with. After his discussion was completed, a cheese tasting of all cheeses from throughout the state was enjoyed by all. Wednesday morning started with Dr. Charles White revealing what qualities he considers important when judging milk products. Dr. White has been judging dairy products at the Kentucky State Fair for many years and is considered one of the Masters in his field. Christian Hansen Inc. discussed factors that affect culture performance. Cultures are used as starters for fermented dairy products, and without them doing their jobs, the products will not set. Next, Logan Burns, Laboratory Evaluation Officer, provided detailed information about pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, salmonella, and E. coli and the effects they have on dairy products. The last speaker of the morning session was Blaire Lipert from Dippin Dots; he shared their story from the beginning. It was very motivational and impressive. He also brought some Banana Split Dots with him for everyone to enjoy. The afternoon session began with presentations being concentrated on the Grade A market. Mike Brown from The Kroger Company shared his viewpoints concerning the future; it is not all negative. John Sanford, Dean Foods, provided an update on the Appendix N Tetracycline Pilot Program that took place over the last couple of years. Results indicated that fewer positive tetracycline results occurred when compared to beta lactams. Mike Chandler, Prairie Farms-Somerset, explained the duties that a general manager has. He also discussed the expansion that was occurring at the Somerset plant. Neil Bendixsen, DFA, spoke to the group concerning Appendix B, Milk Hauling. He informed us that at the past National Conference Interstate Milk Shippers Conference the Milk Hauling Appendix was reviewed and rewritten bringing it up to date with the current times. The final speaker of the day was Roger Hooi from Dean Foods. He addressed what is known as Appendix T, Preventative Controls. This portion of the PMilk Ordinance deals with food safety plans and Federal Milk Safety Act. The night ended with a banquet and the presentation of Dairy Products Association of Kentucky’s State Fair Dairy Awards. Thursday morning began with Hydrite Chemical Senior Technical Manager, Joel Cook, discussing proper standard operating procedures for cleaning and sanitizing of equipment. Next, Ernie Yates of DFA spoke on a new electronic manifest for milk haulers. Instead of using pen and paper to record weights, dates, and milk pick-up times, a computer program would be used. A trial run has been conducted in Colorado and has provided favorable results. Justin Olson, DFA Regional Supervisor discussed the New FARM Program which included farm security, animal welfare issues, and positive social media issues. Alli Eramo of Foss Foods presented new dairy testing equipment that Foss had to offer this year. Overall, an estimated 100 people attended with positive comments such as, “This was the best conference yet.” Hope to see you next year! In Glasgow: 1-800-859-2174 In Danville: 1-800-786-2875 On the Web: www.burkmann.com Milk Replacer Formulas Pedigree™ Premier™ Challenger™ • Improved disease control compared to whole milk • Organic Selenium to support immunity • Added MOS to improve gut health • Homogenized fat for easy mixing Pick The Key To Unlock Your Success
  • 18. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 18 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Southland Dairy Farmers presented 66 educational programs to approximately 10,400 people at the Kentucky State Fair Southland Dairy Farmers also distributed 45,566 yogurt samples over the course of the State Fair to spectators. Southland Dairy Farmers at the Fair
  • 19. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 19 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund H ave you ever seen a calf dressed up as an airplane, or Raggedy Ann, or a dalmation? All of those costumes could be seen at the 4th Annual Kentucky State Fair Youth Dairy Costume Contest. Our 2019 contest did not disappoint. We had 47 entries with 54 youth participate in the competition and the costumes were awesome! First place winners this year were Novice – Grant Mitchell as Marshall from Paw Patrol and his dalmation, Junior – Adalyn Holt as Rosie the Riveter and a B24 airplane, Senior – Skyla Lawless as Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann, and Grant Roadcap’s name was drawn as the winner of our grand prize barrel fan. The costume contest started in 2016 with around 15 entries. The participants and the audience enjoyed the contest, and we were asked to include younger children, so we added a 4-8 year old division in 2017. In 2018, we wanted to offer the participants a prize they wouldn’t forget so we asked a dairy family from Shelby County if they would consider donating a registered calf that all the entrants would have a chance to win. They were more than happy to, but it was a bittersweet moment. Cherrywood Farm, the farm that donated the calf, was one of the farms affected by the Dean Foods shutdown. We took the opportunity at the costume contest to tell the public about the perils dairy farmers were facing at the time. Lilly Phillips’ name was drawn to become the proud owner of Fairbear, a pretty little registered Holstein calf which she exhibited at the Kentucky State Fair this year. The goal of the dairy costume contest is to add some extra fun to the youths’ week. We want them to just have a good time. It doesn’t matter if you have the grand champion animal or a calf that ends up at the lower end of its class, you have an equal chance in the costume contest. With a little creativity, maybe some help from a parent, grandparent, or friend, and a cooperating calf/cow, you can have a winning entry! Youth from all over the state participate in the contest, which is held on the first Friday night of the Kentucky State Fair at 5pm in the Border Collie Show Ring. Prizes have been provided by generous donors including Burkmann Nutrition, Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Bluegrass Stockyard ( Lexington), Citizens Union Bank, Lincoln Co. Farm Bureau Insurance (Sonja Bratcher), Boyle Co. Farm Bureau Insurance (Todd Tiller), Shelby Co. Farm Bureau Insurance (Pat Hargadon), Gallrein Farms, Rural King Shelbyville, Dairy Alliance, Tractor Supply Co. Shelbyville, Champion Show Supply, and Cherrywood Farm. Anyone wanting more information about the Kentucky State Fair Youth Dairy Costume Contest or if you are interested in sponsoring prizes, please contact Judy or Rachel White at swiss5761@gmail.com or 502-321-0903. Hope to see you at the 2020 KSF Youth Dairy Costume Contest! Costume Contest Adds Creativity and Fun to Fair Week
  • 20. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 20 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund 2019 Dairy Products Association of Kentucky Awards O n August 13, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Louisville, KY, the Dairy Products Association of Kentucky, DPAK, held its annual State Fair Dairy Products contest. Dairy products from permitted facilities from Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky submitted samples for the competition. These products included fluid milks, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, and several different types of cheeses. The event was officiated by Dr. Charles White. Dr. White has been a dairy products judge for many years participating at different state fairs and dairy industry functions across the country. The awards ceremony occurred on the evening of August 28 at the Kentucky Milk Quality Conference. Winchester Farms-Winchester, KY won Gold Ribbons for the following products: Whole Buttermilk, Buttermilk less than 2%, Low fat Chocolate Milk, Sour Cream, Ice Cream-Vanilla, Premium Ice Cream-Vanilla, Low fat Frozen Yogurt, and Strawberry Yogurt. Prairie Farms-Holland, IN won Gold Ribbons for the following products: Whole Milk, Sweet Cream Butter, Low fat Cottage Cheese, Small Curd Cottage Cheese. Country Delite, Dean Foods-Nashville, Tennessee won Gold Ribbons for the following products: 1% Milk, Skim Milk. Prairie Farms-Somerset, KY won a Gold Ribbon for the following product: Whole Chocolate Milk. Borden Dairy-London, KY won a Gold Ribbon for the following product: 2% Milk. Shuckman’s Fish Company-Louisville, KY won Gold Ribbons for the following cheeses: Flavored Bleu Cheese, Flavored High Moisture, Smoked, Flavored Open Cheese. Bluegrass Dairy and Foods-Glasgow, KY won Gold Ribbons for the following cheeses: Mild Cheddar Cheese, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Natural Cheese. Wildcat Mountain Cheese-East Bernstadt, KY won Gold Ribbons for the following cheeses: Natural Alpine Cheese, Cheese Curds. Harvest Home Dairy-Crestwood, KY won a Gold Ribbon for the following cheese: Natural Italian Cheese. Hilltopper Creamery, Western KY Unv.,- Bowling Green, KY won a Gold Ribbon for the following cheese: Natural Cheddar Cheese. Stone Cross Farmstead-Taylorsville, KY won a Gold Ribbon for the following cheese: Open Class. The Artisan Cheese Award was presented to Shuckman Fish Company, and the Commercial Cheese Award was presented to Bluegrass Dairy and Foods. Winchester Farms was announced as the Grand Champion. Kentucky Farm Bureau National Update- United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement (USMCA): We Must Get It Passed in 2019 T rade is critical for Kentucky agriculture and the rural economy. Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) has made trade a national priority issue for 2019 and has continuously adopted policy that supports fair and open multilateral trade agreements that open new and expand existing markets for U.S. agricultural products. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) presents an opportunity to do just this. The International Trade Commission (ITC), an independent, nonpartisan federal agency, projects that the agreement will add $2.2 billion to the amount of agricultural and food exports to Canada and Mexico. The agreement is particularly beneficial to the dairy industry. The agreement will provide new market access for dairy in Canada and maintains the zero-tariff platform on all other agriculture products and on all agriculture products to Mexico. Under the agreement, U.S. dairy products gain access to an additional 3.6 percent of Canada’s dairy market. Since November 2018, KFB has worked diligently advocating for passage of the USMCA. In February, nearly 400 members traveled to Washington, D.C. to explain to Kentucky’s congressional delegation the importance of this agreement to Kentucky agriculture. In May, President Mark Haney drafted a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to provide farmers relief from China’s retaliatory tariffs and achieve improvements in trade agreements for farm families. In June, KFB joined over 900 agriculture organizations and sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging consideration of the USMCA. Lastly, KFB members had another opportunity to meet with their U.S. Representatives over the August recess to express support for the agreement. In September, Congress returned to Washington from its extended recess to growing pressure from stakeholders to pass the USMCA. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and other Trump Administration officials have been and continue to meet with members of the House of Representatives that have expressed reservations about the agreement. Ultimately, the decision is up to the House democratic leadership to bring the USMCA up for a vote in the House of Representatives. KFB will continue to advocate for passage of the agreement this year.
  • 21. KDDC Director and Allied Industry Corner Steve Weaver District #8 Director Steve represents Christian County as a board member to KDDC. Steve and his wife Erma have five children; Jason, Seth, Heidi, Zach- ary and Abigail. In 2004 Steve and Erma moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to a farm they bought just north of Hopkinsville. After buying a mostly registered herd of Holsteins from Wisconsin they started milking in 2005. Steve was one of the first west Kentucky producers to become a member and ship milk to Maryland/Virginia Coop. The cows are housed in a 48-stall tie stall barn with sprinklers and tunnel ventilation. Breeding age bulls are kept and sold to other local dairies from Steve’s better pedigreed cows. He farms 90 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat and is a state and national member of the Holstein Association. Steve also is a board member of the Haiti Benefit Auction. KDDC’s Board of Directors is compromised of 21 members, 13 dairy farmers, and 8 allied industry representatives. Dairy farmer directors represent the dairy producers within their respective districts. Allied industry members represent segments of the industry such as but not limited to, veterinarians, milk handlers, and feed companies. The officers of the KDDC board include: President, Vice-Presidentm and Secretary- Treasurer. The Executive Committee consists of the officers, the past president, and an elected member at large. The president must always be a dairy farmer. When board meetings are held, there is one purpose in mind; to do what is best for Kentucky’s dairy farmers and its industry. VISION: To create a vibrant and sustainable dairy industry in Kentucky. MISSION: To educate, promote and represent dairy producers and foster an environment for growth of the Kentucky dairy industry. GOALS: • To increase Kentucky dairy farmers’ profitability • To improve Kentucky dairy farmers’ competiveness • To enhance Kentucky dairy farm families’ quality of life • To assist in the sustainability of Kentucky’s dairy industry Freeman Brundige District #1 Director Freeman was raised on a small dairy in Weakley county Tennessee. Graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1974 Freeman managed the UT Dairy in 1977 and 1978. In the later part of 1978 Freeman and wife Connie bought a dairy in Graves county Kentucky and has operated a dairy there for 40 years. Freeman and Connie also have two daughters, Dottie and Wendy. Registered Guernseys and Jerseys are what make up the herd of 70 milk cows. Over the years Freeman has been very active in local, regional, state and national dairy shows and currently has a herd classification score of 89 points. The dairy operates 640 acres of owned and rented ground and cus- tom bales hay on 3000 acres. Freeman and Connie were Outstanding Young Dairy Producers for Dairymen Incorporated (DI) in the early 1980s and Freeman also served 3 years on the DI board of directors. Currently the dairy is being transitioned to MD Crum. Classified Ads Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs). Livestock manure management and water quality BMPs. Ky Division of Water permitting and compliance. Ben Koostra - Professional Engineer and NRCS Technical Service Provider - Lexington - 859-559-4662 To place a classified ad, contact any of the KDDC Dairy Conultants or Carey Brown at (859) 948-1256
  • 22. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 22 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund ATTENTION: DAIRY FARM FAMILIES! You’re invited to attend Your Kentucky Area Dairy Producer Meetings for 2019 The ADA of Kentucky and The Dairy Alliance will cover industry issues, promotional efforts and upcoming events. The ADA of Kentucky will hold elections in odd-numbered districts. There will be plenty of time for discussion, questions, fellowship and good food! While you are welcome at any Kentucky district meeting, elections will be held in odd-numbered districts. Please RSVP at least one week prior to your meeting. For more information contact Denise at 270.970.4792 District # District Areas Meeting Date, Time & Location PleaseRSVPtoyour District Chairman 1 Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Union, Webster Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 p.m. CST Christian County Extension Office 2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville, KY Sheila Keeling 270.792.0020 585 Jason Ridge Road Lewisburg, KY 42256 2 Breckenridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, McLean, Meade, Ohio Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST Cave City Convention Center 502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY Hope Reynolds 270.528.6188 1018 Bales Road Magnolia, KY 42757 3 Allen, Barren, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Warren Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST Cave City Convention Center 502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY Richard Mattingly 270.646.6948 3625 Etoila Road Glasgow, KY 42141 4 Anderson, Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Henry, Kenton, Oldham, Owen, Scott, Shelby, Trimble Friday, November 8 - 7:00 p.m. EST Shelby County Extension Office 1117 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, KY Judy White 502.321.0903 2550 Pea Ridge Road Waddy, KY 40076 5 Casey, Green, Taylor Thursday, November 7 - 7:00 p.m. EST Taylor County Extension Office 1143 South Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY Jeff Deener 270.789.9019 139 Sanders Road Campbellsville, KY 42718 6 Boyle, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Spencer, Washington, Woodford Thursday, November 12 - 7:00 p.m. EST Marion County Extension Office 415 Fairgrounds Rd, Lebanon, KY Kim Jones 270.402.1383 3310 Highway 52 Loretto, KY 40037 7 Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST Cave City Convention Center 502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY 42127 Dale Fudge 270.407.1173 163 Fudge Street Gamaliel, KY 42140 8 Adair, Russell Thursday, November 14 - 7:00 p.m. CST Lindsey Wilson College Cranmer Dining Center 430 Hellen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY Billy Rowe 270.634.0334 499 Norman Grant Road Columbia, KY 42728 9 Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Clinton, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe Friday, November 15 - 7:30 p.m. EST Marcella’s Farm to Fork 216 Cedar Rapids Road, Mount Vernon, KY Ronnie Patton 606.309.5138 5049 Highway 490 East Bernstadt, KY 40729 10 Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Robertson, Rowan Thursday, October 31 - 12:00 p.m. EST Blue Licks State Park 10299 Maysville Road, Carlisle, KY Paul Colson 859.298.5609 225 Shaw Lane Cynthiana, KY 41031 11 - IN Clark, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Green, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, Warrick, Washington Thursday, November 21 - 6:30 p.m. CST Our Cafe 104 North Main Street, Ft. Branch, IN Kelly Obert 812.779.8531 7826 S 550 E Fort Branch, IN 47648
  • 23. September - October 2019 • KDDC • Page 23 KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund S P E C I A L T H A N K S T O O U R S P O N S O R S Allied Sponsors PLATINUM Ag Central Alltech Cowherd Equipment CPC Commodities Bluegrass Dairy & Food Burkmann Feeds Dairy Farmers of America Farm Credit Mid-America Kentucky Department of Agriculture Kentucky Farm Bureau Kentucky Soybean Board Shaker Equipment Sales Zoetis GOLD Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Chaney’s Dairy Farm Dairy Express Services Dairy Products Association of KY Elanco IDEXX Kentucky Nutrition Service Land O’Lakes Mid-South Dairy Records Owen Transport Select Sires MidAmerica (KABA) Todd Co. Animal Clinic Trenton Farm Supply SILVER Afi Milk DCC Water Beds Grain Processing Corp. KVMA Luttrull Feeds Prairie Farms Purina RSI Calf Systems South Central Bank Southland Dairy Farmers BRONZE ABS Global Advantage Hoof Care Bagdad Roller Mills Central Farmers Supply Double “S” Liquid Feed Genetics Plus H J Baker Hinton Mills Kentucky Corn Growers Lallemand Limestone & Cooper Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Provimi Smith Creek, Inc Wilson Trucking
  • 24. 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503 859.516.1129 ph www.kydairy.org Non-Profit US Postage PAID OCT 12 Dare to Dairy, University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy. Lexington, KY NOV 8-12 North American International Livestock Show, KY Fair and Exhibition Center NOV 8-9 North American Invitational 4-H dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, KFEC, Louisville, Ky NOV 9-11 North American Invitational Dairy Judging Contests KFEC, Louisville KY NOV 14 North Carolina Producer’s Association (South East Dairy Stakeholders Forum) 401 laureate Way, Kannapolis N.C. 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM NOV 19 KDDC Board Meeting, Taylor Co. Extension Office, Campbellsville, KY Calendar of Events NOV 21-23 Southeast Regional Dairy Challenge, Taylor County, KY DEC 4-7 Kentucky Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY FEB 25 KDDC Young Dairy Producer Conference, Sloan Convention Center Bowling Green, KY FEB 25 Dairy Awards Banquet, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY FEB 26 KY Dairy Partners Meeting and Industry Trade Show, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY