Moosletter: February 2018

Moosletter: February 2018
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February 2018                                                Volume: 4 Issue: 2
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NSDA Annual Convention

February 27, 2018
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus, NE
See agenda below.

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NSDA Annual Convention AgendaNSDA logo
Monday, February 26, 2018
4:00-7:00    Grow Nebraska Dairy Stakeholder Summit with dinner 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
 8:30 Nebraska Dairy Review Board
9:30- 4:30 Trade Show with “Dairy Bar”
9:30 – 10:30 Raising Dairy Quality Forage in a Beef State
  • Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist
10:30-12:00 NE Holstein Association Annual Meeting
12:00–1:15 Lunch “Dairy Checkoff Update”,
  • Lucas Lentsch, Midwest Dairy CEO, Midwest Strategic Plan
  • Nancy Huls, Midwest Dairy Food Research Center
1:30 – 2:30 What is Mastitis Costing You?
  • Maggie Faulkner, Field Representative, Acumen Detection
2:30 – 3:30 Communications Workshop
  • Amber Pankonin MS, RD LMNT Dietitian, Consultant, Freelance writer, Blogger
  • Caryn Kusleika RD, LMNT, Wellness and Communications, Midwest Dairy
2:30 – 3:30 Ice Cream Bar on Tradeshow Floor/Production Award Presentation
3:30 - 5:30 Grow Nebraska Dairy update
                    NSDA Annual Meeting
                   Secure Milk Supply, Dr. Hughes, DVM, Nebraska Department of Agriculture
5:45 - 6:30 Wine & Cheese Reception
6:30 - 8:30 Banquet: Chad Moyer, Master of Ceremonies KTIC Radio
  • Dairy Princess/Dairy Ambassadors Introduction
  • Presentation of the Philip H. Cole Distinguished Service Award
  • NE Holstein Association Awards
  • Banquet Speaker, Brad Scott, California Dairy Farmer/Processor
  • Dairy farm featured on TV Show,”Undercover Boss         
Click here to register for the convention.
Dr. Hughes to Present on the Secure Milk Supply at the Annual Convention

Dr. Hughes, DVM with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will provide information on the Secure Milk Supply during the Nebraska State Dairy Association Annual meeting.  Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral infection primarily of cloven hoofed animals (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.).  Although FMD has not occurred in the U.S. since 1929, there are real threats of FMD invading the U.S.  by accidental or intentional introduction.  Conventional mitigation has been mandatory depopulation (“stamping out”) of all infected herds, and stop all movement of affected species within control zones. Recently, state and federal animal health officials, veterinary researchers, and industry stakeholders have worked together to develop plans to maintain business continuity during a FMD outbreak.  The goal of the Secure Milk Supply plan is to provide a workable business continuity plan for dairy producers that have cattle with no evidence of FMD infection, that are located within a FMD control zone.   
Dairy Day at the Capitol
Join the Nebraska State Dairy Association as we talk with Senators and their staff over a pizza lunch
Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 11:45 am
You will want to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time.
Location: The Nebraska State Capitol building
December 2017 Dairy Budget
By Robert Tigner, Agricultural Systems Economist, Educator
robert tigner photo
The December 2017 dairy budget utilizes the Central Federal Milk Market Oder minimum prices as published on their website. This occurs about the 10th of every month. I also use various monthly USDA price reports to obtain feed prices, cull cow prices and to calculate corn silage value. Revisions to feed and fixed costs will occur for the January budget. Thus comparison from December 17 to January 18 will not be possible. Continue...
Nebraska Dairy Princess Candidates Sought

pink princess crownLincoln NE. – The Midwest Dairy Association Nebraska Division is seeking candidates to participate in the State Dairy Princess contest scheduled for February 24, 2018, location to be announced.
The 2018 Nebraska Dairy Princess will be crowned during the Nebraska Dairy Convention on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, during the Evening banquet and Coronation held at the Ramada Inn – in Columbus, Nebraska.    
The Nebraska Dairy Princess reigns for one year as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy industry, making a variety of public appearances to help consumers understand dairy products and the responsible practices used by dairy producers.
Applications need to be received by:  Monday, February 19, 2018 and can be found at
Candidates must be at least a high school junior during the current school year, be under 26 years of age.  Never been married and have parents, legal guardian or a grandparent who are active within the Nebraska Dairy Industry.  Candidates are judged on their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.
The 2018 Nebraska Dairy Princess will receive a $750 scholarship from Midwest Dairy.  A $250 scholarship will be awarded to the first runner-up.
For complete rules and an application form, visit or contact Julie A Meier – Dairy Princess Coordinator, 4005 Sandalwood Drive, Grand Island, NE  68803 or 308-390-9338, or email
In this Issue
Calendar of Events

Dairy Day at the Capitol
   February 6
   11:45 am
    Nebraska State Capitol

NSDA Annual Convention
February 27, 2018
      Ramada Hotel & Conf. Center
      Columbus, NE
Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
Nebraska Extension logo
Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Cell: (402) 350-5003
Thank you to our sponsors

Grain States Soya, Inc./SoyBest           Midwest Dairy Association       Nebraska Corn Board

Elanco     Farm Credit Services of America     Frontier Mills, Inc.     Nebraska Soybean Board    
Nebraska Vet Services     Nutrient Advisors     West Point Dairy Products

Ag Processing, Inc.     Aschoff Construction     Automated Dairy Specialists     Cappel Sales, Inc.     Midwest Livestock Systems     Zoetis

Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Animal Health International     Bill's Volume Sales     Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Depend-A-Bull Sires and Service     Heartland Builders Co.     Hotsy Equipment Co.     IDEXX     Lala US     LG Pumping, LLC    
Nebraska Dairy Systems/Lely     Nebraska Dairy Systems     Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    
Puck Custom Enterprises     Schumacher Irrigation, Inc. Select Sires MidAmerica     TechMix, LLC     USDA/NASS

Agropur     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.     CMP Dairy Consulting     Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods     Hiland Dairy     Nebraska Public Power District     Nebraska Cattleman    
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation     Phibro Animal Health Corp.     Rabo Agri Finance    
Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc.     XFE Products

A-FAN     Grow Nebraska Dairy     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture    
Nebraska Department of Agriculture     Nebraska Extension     We Support Agriculture
Nebraska State Dairy Association Mission: The purpose of the Nebraska State Dairy Association is for the promotion of dairy interests in the state of Nebraska.


Nebraska Dairy Extension Mission: As Nebraska Extension faculty with expertise in dairy production and agriculture systems, we provide science-based programs, resources, and knowledge to Nebraska’s dairy producers. Our aim is to empower dairy operations to be both sustainable and resilient while maintaining profitability. Our ideas, actions, and communications will promote resource-based stewardship while enhancing human and animal well-being.
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