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Minnesota Milk Minute - January 8, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

January 8, 2016

A reliable source of timely market information, news and current events. 

In This Issue

New Dietary Guidelines Announcement Good for Dairy

You're Invited: YOUR Dairy Checkoff Meeting

Moo University Session in Pipestone: Jan 13

Health: VFD regulations will impact your dairy

Animal Welfare Tops List of Consumer Dairy Concerns

Loraine Fritsche Passes

Job Opportunity: Industry Relations Manager/ Government & Policy Relations

Upcoming Events

Dairy Management Workshops:

Rochester- Tues, Feb 16

Perham- Wed, Feb 17

Hutchinson- Thur, Feb 18


Special thanks to
Minnesota Milk
Associate Members.
This week’s featured members:

AgStar Financial Services

Arnold's of Kimball, Inc.

Bongards Creameries


Central Minnesota Credit Union

New Dietary Guidelines Announcement Good for Dairy (National Milk Producers Federation)

The final version of the 2015 federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) released this week affirms the vital, unrivaled contribution made by dairy foods, and reminds Americans they will continue to benefit from three daily servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy. In fact, the DGA notes current intakes of dairy foods for most Americans “are far below recommendations of the Healthy U.S.-Style Pattern” and they call for a shift to consume more dairy products. Milk, cheese and yogurt are important answers to the question of how Americans should change their diets for the better. If you are active in social media, please share this blog post from the checkoff’s website.

To learn more about the newly announced DGA, see these sources:

You're Invited: YOUR Dairy Checkoff Meeting

It’s About the Sales! Midwest Dairy Association is hosting Dairy Checkoff Meetings around the state for dairy farmers and industry leaders to gather and hear what they are doing to build dairy sales and how it impacts your farm. Domestic dairy sales have been a bright spot in the current dairy situation, and efforts by the checkoff have played a key role. Learn how that’s happened, and why whole milk sales are trending upward these days.

Upcoming Meetings/ Locations

  • 1/15 11:30 AM Paul’s Par-A-Dice | Albany, MN
  • 1/18 12 NOON Hy-Vee | Owatonna, MN
  • 1/18 12 NOON American Legion | Montgomery, MN
  • 1/20 11:30 AM VFW | Zumbrota, MN
  • Visit or call 1-877-577-0741 for more meeting locations and dates.

Moo University Session in Pipestone: Jan 13

One of five locations for the I-29 Moo-University workshop series is in Pipestone this coming week, Wed., Jan. 13, at the Pizza Ranch. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the welcome at 10 a.m. Wrap-up is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Topics include synchronization, genomics, managing personnel, using records, and the economics of reproduction. Speakers include a variety of Extension specialists from five states. The cost of the day is $65, but various organizations are picking up costs for their members.

See the workshop brochure.

Health: VFD regulations will impact your dairy (Dairy Herd Management)

The final rule for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) was released in October, 2015, and will go into effect in December of this year. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation changes the way veterinarians authorize the use of medicated feed additives considered medically important to humans. Veterinarians and dairy/beef producers should prepare now for how these new rules affect their use of some products by meeting with their veterinarian. Preparing now will prevent a lapse in the use of these medications that may be necessary on your farm.

Read more.

Animal Welfare Tops List of Consumer Dairy Concerns (AgWeb)

A survey of just under 500 Americans, conducted by University of British Colombia’s Clarissa Cardoso, shows animal welfare and well-being tops their list of concerns when they think about farms, milk and dairy foods. The on-line survey was conducted twice over the past year and a half. The respondents seemed most concerned that dairy cattle have access to pasture, and hormones and antibiotics were also mentioned. The researcher says the data is reliable, but should not be considered representative of the entire U.S. population.

Read more.

Loraine Fritsche Passes

Former Minnesota Milk board member Arlon Fritsche and his family are mourning the passing of Arlon’s wife, Loraine, last weekend. Visitation for Loraine is being held this evening (Friday, Jan. 8) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home South Chapel in New Ulm. Visitation continues at that location from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Sat., Jan. 9), with the funeral service scheduled for 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. A full obituary can be viewed here.                                            

Job Opportunity: Industry Relations Manager/ Government & Policy Relations

Midwest Dairy Association is seeking a full-time Industry Relations Manager position focusing on Government and Policy Relations. The position is responsible for furthering dairy development efforts in Minnesota through key relationships and stakeholder education. View the complete job posting and apply online here. The application deadline is January 19.

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