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Mastitis and Reproduction have teamed up.

When dairy producers think about mastitis, they likely don’t automatically connect it to reproductive problems, but the two can go hand in hand.

“Mastitis and reproductive problems have a lot of similarities,” said Pam Ruegg, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, during her presentation at the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) annual meeting held this month in Reno, Nev. For starters, Ruegg pointed out that mastitis and reproductive problems are the two most economically important management issues on farms.

Numerous research studies have shown that mastitis can reduce frequency of natural estrus, lower conception rates, and elevate pregnancy loss. Ruegg explained that reduced reproductive performance is related to the inflammatory response of the body caused by mastitis.

Ruegg said the timing of mastitis determines its impact to fertility, with the most critical time period being between breeding and pregnancy diagnosis. Both clinical and subclinical mastitis have been shown to have an effect on reproduction.

Getting a handle on both clinical and subclinical mastitis will not only improve milk quality but can also enhance reproductive efficiency. Ruegg shared these steps for minimizing the effects of mastitis on reproduction.

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Scott Brothers Dairy redefines 'milk quality' to meet customer expectations

One California dairyman is expanding his definition of “milk quality” beyond somatic cell count to better capture what customers and consumers are really looking for in his products.

Brad Scott, who co-owns Scott Brothers Dairy in San Jacinto, California, with his older brother, Bruce, deals with this disconnect on a regular basis since he and his brother are also partners at a milk processing plant in Chino, California, where they make products for frozen yogurt companies Menchies and TCBY. During the 2017 National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting in January, Scott shared some insight into how they use their 900-acre, 1,100-cow dairy as a platform to build trust and ignite a shared passion for quality milk.

According to Scott, his customers’ perception of quality is not just about the milk itself, but rather the entire farm as a whole. “It’s very important that everyone realizes that quality starts at the farm, but also image is part of the quality that goes all of the way down the supply chain,” he explained. Appearance matters, especially as urban developments encroach upon farmland in his area. “We’re so much under a microscope as far as our operations.”

Customers want to know things like the dairy’s carbon footprint and management practices, what they do to be sustainable and which new technologies they use. These are questions Scott said their customers would never have bothered to ask 20 years ago, but now he hears them on a regular basis.

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Free Registration for Dairy Producers to Dairy Strong 2018

Welcome to Dairy Strong 2018!

Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather again Jan. 17-18, 2018, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the fourth annual Dairy Strong conference.

Bud Selig will serve as the opening keynote speaker for Dairy Strong 2018. Selig is the former commissioner of Major League Baseball, a position he held for a historic 17 years. He is also the former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and a Milwaukee native. During his tenure, Selig navigated numerous controversies in the baseball community and will call on his leadership experience to draw parallels to challenges in the dairy community.

The dairy community is creative and innovative. Dairy Strong brings farmers and industry professionals from diverse management philosophies together to focus on what matters. We work hard to provide content that is relevant, inspiring and entertaining.

Let’s face it, farmers have limited time to take part in events throughout the year. Dairy Strong is designed with this in mind and will give you the best return on your investment of time and money.

Please join us in helping keep Dairy Strong!

 

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Jan 18 $14.40 $0.30
Feb 18 $14.22 $0.28
Mar 18 $14.32 $0.20
Apr 18 $14.52 $0.14
May 18 $14.76 $0.15
Jun 18 $15.04 $0.13
Jul 18 $15.32 $0.10
Aug 18 $15.52 $0.04
Sep 18 $15.64 $0.05
Oct 18 $15.72 $0.01
Nov 18 $15.63 $0.01
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Block Price $1.4450
Barrel Price $1.6700
NFDM Price $0.7300
Whey Price $0.2953
Butter Price $2.2475

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:

  • Online producer milk test results
  • All pickups tested for Butterfat, Protein, Other Solids, Milk Urea Nitrogen, Cryoscope and Somatic Cell count
  • Two plate counts per month (more if requested)
  • Two lab pasteurized counts per month (more if requested)
  • Water Testing for Coliform
  • Bulk Tank and Individual Cultures
    • Standard Culture types
    • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Special request bacteria tests
    • Preliminary Incubation (PI)
    • Direct Microscope Counts (DMCC)
  • FREE Cow sample testing for Antibiotics and Somatic Cell Counts
  • Antibiotic Block Heaters for antibiotic tests (test ampules or strips are charged to producer)

Milk Futures Program

Agropur offers the ability to forward contract milk via the CME Class III futures market. Full 200,000 pound contracts and smaller sized contracts are available for forward contracts, puts and window/fence contracts (put/call).

We work with two service oriented brokerage firms whom have many years of experience in providing risk management for commodity producers.

KDM Trading can be reached at 877-695-8538.

Rice Dairy can be reached at 312-492-4275.

Producer Services Team

Butch Shimon Butch Shimon, Field Representative: 44 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc
Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Email: Butch.Shimon@agropur.com
Office: (800) 370-2901 ext. 29223
Cell: (920)-493-2572
David Hitner David Hitner, Field Representative: 13 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Email: David.Hitner@agropur.com
Office: (920) 788-2115 ext. 27204
Cell: (715) 498-7034
Ken Ebert Ken Ebert, Field Representative: 41 years of industry experience. Counties Covered: Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara
Weyauwega, Wisconsin
Email: Ken.Ebert@agropur.com
Office: (800) 924-6371 ext. 37
Cell: (715) 498-7033
Deb Wehde Deb Wehde, Field Representative: 24 years of industry experience. Areas covered: Iowa, SW Minnesota, SE South Dakota, NE Nebraska
Hull, Iowa
Email: Deb.Wehde@agropur.com
Office: (712) 439-6780 ext. 120
Cell: (712) 578-8877
Keith Braun Keith Braun, Director of Milk Procurement: 31 years of Industry Experience.
Email: Keith.Braun@agropur.com
Office: (920) 944-0970
Cell: (920) 277-5924
Jeff Montsma Jeff Montsma, Manager of Producer Services: 24 years of Industry Experience.
Email: Jeff.Montsma@agropur.com
Office: (920) 944-0990 ext. 35262
Cell: (920) 740-5650
Angela Gordon Angela Gordon, Producer Payroll Specialist
Email: Angela.Gordon@agropur.com
Office: (920) 944-0972

FARM - Farmers Assuring Responsible Management

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 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 have implemented 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 facilities, farm protocols and the animals themselves. 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 reaching 98% of the United States milk supply from over 22,000 farms shipping to food processors throughout the United States.


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