Dairy Industry News
Want cleaner cows? Consider these 7 factors
How clean is your kitchen?
The cleanliness of your kitchen is likely the furthest thing from your mind when you think about cleaning stalls for your dairy cows, but the two areas have a few things in common.
Your idea of a clean kitchen will vary from your neighbor’s, and your tolerance of a dirty one may vary throughout the year. Who can help the flour, sugar and stacks of dishes when you’re making Christmas cookies?
Just as your views on a clean kitchen will vary, so too will each producer’s preferences for clean stalls and clean cows. Those preferences need to be taken into consideration when creating a bedding schedule. The more frequently a barn is bedded and the beds cleaned, the cleaner the cows will generally be. Knowing your preference for stall and cow cleanliness will help you make decisions on a bedding protocol that will help you achieve your ideal conditions.
Merck Dairy C.a.r.e. and FARM training WEbinar series
We support educational activities that help the dairy community develop its people and maintain the public trust in what we do.
America's dairy producers are an important part of our rural communities and local economies. Dairy producers established our education foundation to ensure that our family dairy farms remain viable and socially responsible for generations to come.
Please join us in supporting a professional and proactive dairy community.
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About Our Producer Services
Communication is of the utmost importance when working alongside the dairy producers who supply our local plants with quality milk. Field Service Representatives are the personal conduit of that communication, sharing information that pertains both to the producers and to the plant. Discussion on milk quality, milk marketing, dairy trends and local events are often heard in day to day communication. Regulatory compliance, milk quality, farm pickup coordination, and milk marketing are just a few examples of where Agropur strives to provide professional customer service.
Our producers shipping to our plants are diverse in their business styles, some small and large; some grazers and freestall operations; some stall barns and parlors. Our field service department strives to provide services that are tailored to our producer's needs. Discovering those needs, meeting and exceeding them is what defines Agropur's Producer services.
Milk Quality Services
Award winning cheese, starts with the quality milk from our local producers whom we partner with. Agropur offers information and services to assist dairy producers in the consistent production of quality milk. As a supplement to the years of experience our team has with on-farm milk quality troubleshooting and dairy regulatory compliance, we offer the following milk quality services:
Milk Futures Program
Agropur inc. offers the ability to contract milk via the CME Class III futures market. We work with the brokers at KDM Trading to provide this risk management service. Full 200,000 pound contracts and smaller sized contracts are available for forward contracts, puts, and window pricing (put/call).
Please contact KDM Trading at 877-695-8538 for specific quotes to establish a contract.
Producer Services Team
|Butch Shimon, Field Representative: 44 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc
Office: (800) 370-2901 ext. 29223
|David Hitner, Field Representative: 13 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Office: (920) 788-2115 ext. 27204
Cell: (715) 498-7034
|Ken Ebert, Field Representative: 41 years of industry experience. Counties Covered: Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara
Office: (800) 924-6371 ext. 37
Cell: (715) 498-7033
|Deb Wehde, Field Representative: 24 years of industry experience. Areas covered: Iowa, SW Minnesota, SE South Dakota, NE Nebraska
Office: (712) 439-6780 ext. 120
Cell: (712) 578-8877
|Keith Braun, Director of Milk Procurement: 31 years of Industry Experience.
Office: (920) 944-0970
Cell: (920) 277-5924
|Jeff Montsma, Manager of Producer Services: 24 years of Industry Experience.
Office: (920) 944-0990 ext. 35262
Cell: (920) 740-5650
|Angela Gordon, Producer Payroll Specialist
Office: (920) 944-0972
FARM - Farmers Assuring Responsible Management
In Agropur's constant commitment to produce quality products for our customer's needs, we focus on milk quality and food safety. Our customers' standards for supplying food products have recently been elevated in the area of animal well-being. In response to this, along with our efforts of continuing to build consumer confidence in our dairy industry, we are implementing Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) for all dairy producers shipping to Agropur.
This FARM program is not pass-fail, but rather an on farm continuous improvement process centered on evaluating animal care and quality assurance. It has evolved through working with experts from all segments of the dairy industry, including the National Milk Producers Federation and support from Dairy Management Inc. It has been implemented by nearly 53 cooperative and private dairy food processors on over 8300 dairy producers throughout the United States for the past three years. For more information on FARM, please contact your field representative or go to www.nationaldairyfarm.com.