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By MAA
Dairy Cares raised $207,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, including $15,000 from its first-ever Kickin’ it With the Cows run/walk.
Over the past seven years, the organization has raised $847,000 for Children’s Hospital.
A group of dairy industry professionals and dairy farmers came together in 2011 to form Dairy Cares as a way for the industry to give back. Dairy Cares chose Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which provides care to seriously ill children and support to their families, as the recipient of the funds raised.
Dairy Cares annually holds a garden party to raise funds for the hospital and this year added Kickin’ it With the Cows, which turned out to be a huge success.
In the above photo, Dairy Cares presents a check for $207,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at its annual garden party. From left to right: Deric DuQuaine, Dairy Cares; Jim and Annette Ostrom, Dairy Cares; Dr. Michael Meyer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Laurie Fischer, Dairy Cares; Meg Brzyski Nelson, Children’s Hospital Foundation; Julie DuQuaine, Dairy Cares.
Learn more about Dairy Cares of Wisconsin by clicking here.

 
 
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By MAA
After seven years of serving as agriculture secretary under Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ben Brancel will step down next month.
In a letter released by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DACTP) Brancel said he gave much thought to when it would be the right time to retire. 
"I came to the conclusion that there always will be unfinished business to be done, but now is the time to return to my family's farm full-time in Marquette County as we plan for our first ever production sale," said Brancel in the letter. "My son and daughter-in-law are now the sixth generation to farm the land. My first job was a farmer, and my last job will be a farmer." 
His last day on the job will be Aug. 13.
Brancel also served as ag secretary under former Gov. Tommy Thompson. Walker praised Brancel for his service to the state.
“Ben has served with distinction as a state representative and speaker of the State Assembly, as DATCP secretary under both our administration and Governor Tommy Thompson’s administration, and as a leader of a number of agricultural organizations in our state," Walker said in a statement. "His leadership and counsel on agriculture and trade issues have been invaluable to me, and I thank him for his service and dedication to the people of Wisconsin. We wish Ben and his wife, Gail, all the very best as they begin this new and exciting chapter

 
 
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By MAA
LANSING, Mich. — Lots of “dairy” fun takes place July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Great Dairy Adventure held at the at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock. This event is geared to families, daycare centers, summer camps and anyone who wants to learn more about dairy farming and sample free ice cream and other dairy products.
Attendees will have a chance to try milking a cow, create a variety of craft projects, experiment with dairy recipes, pet baby calves and learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store to family table. There will be samples of dairy foods, giveaways, and hands-on activities teaching the nutritional benefits of dairy foods. MSU student athletes will also be on hand for autographs.
“The Great Dairy Adventure is a fun and family-friendly activity for people of all ages,” said Sharon Toth, CEO of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Michigan’s dairy farmers are committed to sharing their love of dairy and answering questions about where milk comes from.”
Attendees will learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store, and have a chance to ask dairy industry experts questions about how milk is produced and processed into several types of dairy products. There will be samples of milk, ice cream and cheese.
After learning how cows are cared for and how the milk gets from the farm to you, join everyone for a Fun Run! Dairy is part of a healthy diet, and being active for 60 minutes each day is important for our overall health. Fun Runs take place at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sparty will join the run scheduled for 11 a.m.
The Great Dairy Adventure is part of the annual Michigan Dairy Expo, which takes place July 17-21. Students from 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state take part in educational skills contests during the week, and hundreds of cows will be exhibited by their owners in various breed shows.
The Great Dairy Adventure is a collaborative program of Michigan State University Extension, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the MSU Department of Animal Science, the MSU College of Veterinary MedicineMichigan Farm Bureau, dairy farm families and other dairy partners. 

 
 
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Lakeshore Technical College will bring its ag programming to the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in Manitowoc County early next year.
The Cleveland-based technical college is partnering with the center to provide new space for students in the school’s Dairy Herd Management and Agribusiness and Technology programs.
Lakeshore plans to move into the new facility, north of the college off Interstate 43, in January. The $13 million center will include a discovery center featuring hands-on learning opportunities through displays about agriculture and a chance to tour Grotegut Dairy Farm, which focuses on sustainability and best farming practices, milking more than 2,000 cows three times a day.
A highlight for visitors likely will be a chance to view the birth of calves from Grotegut Farm in the center’s Land O’ Lakes Birthing Barn.
The tech school will have a building adjacent to the agriculture center, which is expected to open next spring.
The dairy industry contributes $43.4 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year, according to state officials. Each dairy cow in the state typically generates about $34,000 in economic activity.
 
 
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By MAA
MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo is now accepting entries for the 2017 Dairy Cattle Show, which will be held Oct. 3-7 in Madison.
Online and paper entry forms are due Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Late entries may be submitted online through Sept. 10, and paper entries will be honored until the day of the show, both for an increased fee.
To be eligible to show, all animals must have an official USDA AIN or Canadian CCIA RFID number listed on the entry form at the time of submission. Animals lacking this number – or with a pending identification status – will not be accepted. For exhibitors residing within the United States and needing tags with USDA AIN numbers, Datamars, Inc. is generously providing up to ten 840-series RFID tag sets per exhibitor. More information regarding identification requirements is included in the Premium Book.
Entry forms, the schedule of events, rules and other updates can also be found in the Premium Book – mailed to recent dairy cattle exhibitors on July 1, or available online at www.worlddairyexpo.com
For over five decades, the global dairy industry has been meeting in Madison for the World Dairy Expo. Crowds of nearly 75,000 people from more than 100 countries attended the 2016 event.

 
 
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By MaryBeth Matzek
MAA Editor
Last spring, Jessica Mayer saw something on the Internet that caught her eye: People practicing yoga while goats meandered around.
“I thought, ‘We should try that here. We have the goats,” said Mayer, retail manager at LaClare Family Creamery in Malone, a small town in Fond du Lac County, Wis.
Since the class combined yoga and goats, Mayer decided YoGoa would be the perfect name for the activity. The first YoGoa class held in mid-June was a huge hit and Mayer worked to add other classes to the calendar. 


 
 
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Musquie Iatola Martha, who has won three consecutive Supreme Champion titles at the World Dairy Expo and The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, has added to her growing list of accomplishments.
She is newly classified as EX-96, the first Jersey cow in the MilkSource Genetics herd to achieve such heights.
“Martha has tremendous style and balance throughout,” said John Vosters, MilkSource Genetics partner. “She is long from nose to tail and walks on a wonderful set of feet and legs. But her incredible mammary system is her calling card that enables her to consistently top her competition. With an extremely high and wide rear udder, a long smoothly attached fore udder, a strong center crease and terrific udder quality, she is truly second to none right now.”
Martha was named Supreme Champion of The Royal during both the 2015 and 2016 shows. In between, she garnered the same honor at the 2015 World Dairy Expo. Martha was named a unanimous All-American and All-Canadian Cow in both 2015 and 2016, as well.
Martha joins elite company in the MilkSource Genetics herd where Blondin Redman Seisme (a Red & White) reached EX-97 and Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha (Holstein) preceded her to the EX-96 classification.

 
 
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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farm families and importers, has announced the sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet.
From farm to table, transparency and ingenuity drive dairy forward, as demonstrated in the newly released 2016 Sustainability Report, which describes the Innovation Center’s strategic plan focused on social responsibility. The plan was developed by dairy community leaders in recognition of the changing consumer and customer marketplace where health, environmental and ethical practices are of increasing interest.
Award winners represent the U.S. dairy community’s voluntary efforts toward continuous improvement in sustainability.
“This year’s winners demonstrated impressive leadership and creativity in the application of technology and other practices that protect our land, air and water,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “And, they’re proactive about building strong relationships with their communities and employees. Based on this year’s nominations, it’s clear that dairy farms and companies of all sizes use sustainable practices because it’s good for the environment, good for their community and good for business.”
Judges evaluated nominations based on their economic, environmental and community impact. The independent judging panel — including experts working with and throughout the dairy community — also considered learning, innovation, scalability and replicability.
The 2017 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners were:
  • Kinnard Farms in Casco, Wis., received an Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. 
  • Rickreall Dairy in Rickreall, Ore., won the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. 
  • SwissLane Farms of Alto, Mich., received the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. 
  • Glanbia Nutritionals of Evanston, Ill., received an Oustanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability Award. 
  • Kellercrest Registered Holsteins Inc. of Mount Horeb, Wis., received an Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship Award. 
  • Mercer Vu Farms of Mercersburg, Penn., received an honorable mention award.
  • Oakland View Farms & Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy in Caroline County, Md., were honored with an Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships Award. 
  • The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, The Kroger Co., the Michigan Milk Producers Association and Michigan State University Extension received an honorable mention award. 
  • The U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium Extension of College Station, Texas, received an honorable mention award. 
 
 
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Dairy Cares of Wisconsin is seeking businesses and individuals to join in supporting fundraising efforts for their chosen cause, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Over the last six years, Dairy Cares’ generous sponsors and donors have collectively raised more than $630,000. Nearly every dollar donated to Dairy Cares goes directly to the hospital’s general fund.
This donation, on behalf of the dairy community and its supporting industries, represents a heart-felt commitment to positively impacting Wisconsin children and their families who seek the medical excellence provided at the renowned pediatric care center during the toughest of times.
This year’s Dairy Cares’ Garden Party will take place on July 22 in De Pere, Wis. All interested individuals are welcome to attend the Garden Party.


 
 
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Last month, Dr. Bob Cropp predicted that April will be the low-point for farm-paid milk prices this year. In his monthly Dairy Situation and Outlook report, the professor emeritus with the University of Wisconsin-Extension says the May Class III milk price rose to $15.57, and June could end the month nearly a dollar higher. 
Cropp also predicted that milk prices will continue to increase and peak out in October or November.
"Improved exports have supported higher cheese, butter, dry whey and nonfat dry milk prices," he wrote. "In April, U.S. dairy export volume was higher than year-ago levels for the 11th straight month. Compared to a year ago exports to the top 10 markets showed [double-digit improvements] in China, Oceania, Japan, South Korea, South America, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Canada."
He adds that dairy product prices on the Global Dairy Trade keep on strengthening as the summer months approach -- making U.S. products more price competitive around the world.
As he had been proclaiming for most of the year, Cropp feels the level of milk production will be a major factor on how much milk prices will strengthen. He said if output growth continues at two-percent or less, the Class III price could be in the mid $16s by July, and in the $17s for the remainder of the year. However, dairy futures are currently less optimistic prices to reach that level.
Cropp also said the recent wet weather could be another factor in the market. He says forage quality in the Northeast and Midwest could negatively affect increases in milk per cow in these regions.