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Jordan Matthews and his milking crew at Rosy-Lane Holsteins have not used a lactation tube of antibiotics in the milking herd to treat mastitis for 68 months and counting.

That’s quite a feat, considering Rosy-Lane milks 950 cows 3X with an average production of 99 lb. of fat- and protein-corrected milk per cow per day. Total herd size is 1,100. Rosy-Lane is owned and managed by Matthews, Lloyd and Daphne Holterman and Tim Strobel, and is located near Watertown, Wis., which is just east of Madison.

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s actions that return low-fat (1%) flavored milk to schools by making it a permanent part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program.
Wisconsin’s Andrea Brossard may be doing a little more traveling in 2019 now that she’s been asked to join the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Rancher committee.
Wisconsin Pork Association is challenging its members to donate a ham to an area family, food bank, or other community organization this holiday season as part of the National Pork Producers Council ‘We Care, Give a Ham’ challenge and the National Pork Board Hams Across America campaign. Simply create a video or photo with caption that briefly describes your donation and post it to Facebook using the hashtags #WeCareGiveAHam and #HamsAcrossAmerica. To keep the challenge going, you can challenge other individuals to also make a ham donation.
Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been added to the top-notch line-up of speakers at the 2018 PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit. 
During the final day of their annual meeting on Monday, delegates of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation voted to change their language regarding supply management. The change gives the WFBF board of directors and membership more flexibility in this area, providing an avenue to explore widespread supply management.
As full-fat diets continue an upward trend, Americans are embracing butter more than they have in nearly five decades. With butter sales doubling in November and December, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is encouraging state residents to “bake local this holiday season with Wisconsin butter.”
July 17 Event Includes Stops at Son-Bow Farms and Alfalawn Farm
WPA Accepting State Fair Swine Barn Hall of Fame Nominations
Wisconsin Pork Association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Swine Barn Hall of Fame award. Nominees for this award should be an individual or family that has exhibited long time commitment to both the Wisconsin State Fair open and junior shows and to developing and maintaining a quality breeding program. If you would like to nominate someone, please submit their name and a brief description of why they should receive the award to mmasters@wppa.org or call the WPA office at 608-723-7551. Nominations will be accepted through May 15.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has a new name – Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW). This initiative represents a new strategic mission, vision and identity more firmly aligning the efforts of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers to expand growth opportunities domestically and around the world.

"As the marketing and promotion arm for Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, this new identity puts the dairy farmers squarely at the center of what we do and provides a much stronger platform to share the Wisconsin dairy story," says Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin CEO Chad Vincent. "Our organization exists to be tireless advocates for our dairy farmers, to help these family businesses thrive because they, and the fruits of their labor, are the heartbeat of the industry and our state."

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WASHINGTON — The following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“Today’s release by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) assures America’s farmers and ranchers that congressional agriculture leaders recognize the economic challenges our producers face.

“Farm Bureau is pleased to see meaningful adjustments to the current farm bill’s provisions for dairy and the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, as well as new provisions for cotton farmers included in the commodity title. We also appreciate improvements proposed for federal crop insurance. There are additional provisions aimed at improving conservation programs, the specialty crops program and research and rural development programs that will benefit our members across the nation.

“The House Agriculture Committee’s proposed 2018 farm bill shows the committee is aware of a farm economy teetering on a knife’s edge. The legislation released today will assist farmers and ranchers battered by commodity prices that often do not cover the costs of production. This is one step to bring certainty to our farmers when we face challenges from many different directions. There are still details to be worked out, and we stand ready to work closely with leadership and members of the committee to move forward. We urge Congress to complete a new farm bill soon that promotes food security, a strong farm economy and the thousands of jobs that are supported by America’s agricultural productivity.”

Starting March 27, swine entering Wisconsin or moving within the state will no longer need to be tested for Porcine Delta Coronavirus (PDCoV). Previously, swine owners needed to test for PDCoV within 90 days prior to movement as part of the requirement to test for Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD). Accredited veterinarians also no longer need to write herd plans for swine that test positive or are not tested for PDCoV. Swine must continue to be tested for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). As a reminder, swine must test negative for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRSS) and PEDv within 90 days prior to movement in Wisconsin.