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NODPA NEWS & NOTES
Payprice Summary Chart: 2006 to 2013
Download a copy of our summary chart comparing payprice for Organic Valley and Horizon over time.Organic Milk, Pay, Retail and Feed Prices November 2015
Added January 27, 2016. Recent data published by the USDA-AMS show a continuing slight reduction in retail sales of organic non-fat fluid milk for October 2015, and a small increase in sales of full fat and 2% fluid milk. While retail fluid sales have declined, the retail price has increased and there are still shortages on supermarket shelves. The drop in sales can be attributed to a shortage of supply and milk being diverted to manufacturing as demand for the higher margin organic dairy non-fluid products is increasing.
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For sale: Six beef curos, bread beef steers. You pick. Asking $2.50 a lb, weighing approximately 1100. Added May 1, 2016.
Contact: Dan Miller
Location: Dairen, NY
FOR SALE:MOSA CERTIFIED ORGANIC HOLSTEIN HEIFERS. THREE TO FRESHEN IN MAY.EIGHT TO FRESHEN IN JUNE&FOUR TO FRESHEN IN JULY AND FIRST OF AUGUST. ALL NICE LOOKING. ACCELERATED GENETICS EASY CALVING SIRES USED. GOOD RECORDS ON EACH THAT INCLUDE VACCINATIONS, SIRES, AND DUE DATES. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD A CLOSED HERD. 715-879-5572
Added March 27, 2016.
Contact: Lloyd Scheffler
Location: Elk Mound Wi.
Montbeliard/Jersey cross bull calf and Montbeliard/Ayshire cross bull calf for sale 300.each
Montbeliard/Jersey yearling bull 800.
Norwegian Red/Jersey 16month bull 1000.
Added March 27, 2016.
Contact: Dan Finn
Phone: 607 746 8192
Location: Delhi, NY
We have some Jersey cows for sale Holstein Milk Bottle Calves and we are down sizing our herd a bit. Prices vary between cows call to let us know what your looking for and we will see if we have something that meets your needs. Just called us or text us on (443) 491-8197. Thanks and waiting on your response. Added March 25, 2016.
Phone: (443) 491-8197
Looking for 3 certified organic Jersey Bred Heifers, due in late spring/early summer.
Added March 22, 2016.
Contact: Nate Rogers
Jersey Service Bull. 2 years old, nice disposition. Stanchion trained, out daily. From an organic herd. $900 obo.
Added March 15, 2016.
Contact: Phil Cutting
Location: Guilford VT
Wanted: I am looking for 25-30 organic certified heifers or cows. Willing to pay a good price. Jerseys preferred but would take Holstein. Added February 28, 2016.
Contact: Jason Beachy
Location: Mt. Grove Mo.
19 Big Organic Certified by MOFGA Holstein heifers, due late April and May. Sired by and bred to top quality ET bulls for generations. Their dams are averaging 80 lbs per day for their new certified owner in NY $2,750 Caldwell Farm, Turner, Maine (207-754-3871).
Added February 15, 2016.
KD Shavings live floor trailer loads ME, NH. Caldwell Farm, Turner, Maine (207-754-3871). Added February 15, 2016.
Selling off everything for roundbale switch. Have mint condition JD338 Baler 10k. 3
Hay wagons 8x18, $2,500-$3,500. JD-harv 3970 grass and corn head, good to go but used, include dump wagon for 10k. Athens 128 offset disk harrow barely used bought new for 16k sell for 8k. F800 automatic dump w/20ft steel body 6k. Would sell some things packaged together. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-957-0031.
Location: Dracut, MA. Added March 27, 2016.
For sale: Really efficient Swing Eight milking parlor Steel frame with adjustable breast bars, kick bars, butt pans and gates $2600. Parlor has already been dismantled . Also for an additional $1000 receiver jar and milk pump plus pipes. For another $500 eight delaval milk machines. Take it all for $3800 Vacuum Pump, pulsators, and Milk tank have already been sold. Added March 5, 2016.
Contact: Applecheek Farm - John Clark
PTO Driven Generator $2700. Excellent condition.
Contact: Applecheek Farm - John Clark
Location: Hyde Park, VT
Added March 4, 2016.
Forage & Grain
For Sale: NOFA-NY Certified Organic CLOVER SEED and TIMOTHY SEED. Cleaned and bagged on farm. Heifer/Beef quality DRY HAY - 4 1/2 x 4 round bales stored outside. Also 4 1/2 x 4 round Bedding Hay - stored outside. Contact Jeff at Mitchell Farm (Avoca, NY - Steuben County) 607-566-8477 or Mitchellorganics@Hotmail.com. Added February 17, 2016.
MOFGA certified top quality corn and haylage. Silage tested by Dairy One, valued at University of Maine Extension by Dr. Gary Anderson. Caldwell Farm, Turner, Maine (207-754-3871). Added February 15, 2016.
Organic Valley is seeking a Regional Pool Manager in the central New York region to support current dairy pool members and to procure new members. Practical dairy knowledge and good communication skills required. Organic production knowledge helpful. Added April 30, 2016.
For additional information, visit www.OV.coop/jobs or call 608-625-3314.
NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC in Binghamton NY is Hiring
Be a part of a growing non-profit company, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose primary purpose is to provide high integrity organic certification to over 800 organic farmers and processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.
We are hiring for full-time (40 hours/week) position(s) that includes healthcare, dental and 403(b) as well as generous paid holidays/vacation time.
We offer a friendly work environment, challenging work, open communication, and commitment to a job well-done. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org. Positions will take approximately one year to master so serious applicants only.
The ideal candidate will have a college degree in a related area, or equivalent by training or experience, and knowledge of organic farming and certification. We require excellent communication skills, verbal and written; strong computer skills; and the ability to do detail-oriented work in a fast paced environment. Training will be provided.
Certification Coordinator Assistant
Non-exempt, hourly position $12 - $14/hour depending on experience
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and letter of interest to: Lori@nofany.org. Added April 16, 2016.
NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Grass-fed Dairy Apprentice
Grey Barn & Farm, Chilmark, Massachusetts
Contact Michael at Michael@thegreybarnandfarm.com for more info.
Added March 31, 2016.
The Grey Barn and farm is an organic grass-fed dairy and creamery located on the island of Martha's Vineyard. We are also a multi-species operation that raises woodlot finished pigs, grass-fed beef and pastured laying hens. We are committed to a holistic approach of whole farm management that promotes the well being of the land and the animals that live on it. Healthy land and healthy animals produce our diverse offering of delicious products.
The Grey Barn and Farm is offering an opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to fill a full time apprentice role on our farm. The apprenticeship is for one year. There is a possibility for a permanent position for the right person. This person would assist the Farm Manager in all tasks including daily milking, livestock and poultry management and general farm maintenance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired:
A strong work ethic
Work well with all types of people
Comfortable around large animals
$250.00 per week less taxes
Housing and utilities are provided
½ gallon of raw milk, 1 dozen eggs and $30 of other product per week.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine is accepting applications for its Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program.
This hands-on, residential program allows apprentices to learn all aspects of operation and management, preparing them to run their own organic dairy farm. Trainees are provided with export support in training, business planning, securing financing, locating land, and continued guidance through first few years of independent production.
The two-year program is a National Apprenticeship under the Department of Labor, in partnership with the Wisconsin-based Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. Learn more at www.wolfesneckfarm.org/dairy. Added March 15, 2016.
Seeking: We are a dairy Herdsman family, seeking an Equity earning/share milking contract labor agreement. We have been Dairy Farming Most of my life off and on. Currently Herdsman on an organic dairy in New York. We can and will relocate. We are seeking a kind, friendly, family dairy, who would like to hire trustworthy hard working folks who are dedicated to Bovines. We are looking for mentors who have experience and a respected name in the community. We have a lot to offer the right family. Long term, Stable agreement. We are adults and expect to be treated fairly, we believe in profitable dairy principles which conducive too healthy cattle. Contact by phone or email.
Added March 11, 2016.
Contact: Owen Backus
Location: New York but willing to relocate
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“Picture a four year old girl and her 6 year old brother--back in the days before IPad, cell phones, video games, and even TV in most homes. Farm life activities were riding tricycles in the driveway, playing with our nearby cousins, going fishing in the river, building forts from the piles of fence posts, and wishing there were trees on our lawn so we could play in the leaves. Luckily, our grandparents lived on the other side of the road and they did have nice, big trees with lots of leaves. So my brother and I talked with our grandfather and he made us a deal—if we raked and bagged up the leaves, we could take them over to our lawn—and we only had to pay him 5 cents a bag of leaves for that privilege. That was my first lesson in economics and business.” To read more of Kathie Arnold’s 2016 “Farmer of the Year” presentation adapted for a NODPA News article please go to:
Added May 1, 2016
Please save the date for the 16th Annual NODPA Field Days on Thursday and Friday, September 29th and 30th in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where we will feature a farm tour of organic dairy farmer Cliff Hawbaker, who owns two farms in Franklin and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania. We are excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker on Thursday evening will be John Kempf, Founder, Advancing Eco Agriculture. Look for more details in the May NODPA News.
The Federation of Organic Dairy Farmers (FOOD Farmers) has requested an additional 30 days (to July 1, 2016) for comments on the Proposed Rule, National Organic Program, Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. Many of the provisions are a surprise and require detailed evaluation and discussion with our members. Despite many comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board in 2010 and 2011, this Proposed Rule has many provisions that make no sense to organic livestock farms and in fact are different from NOSB recommendations from 2011. FOOD Farmers have formed a committee to work on comments to this rule but we need more time as this is a very busy time of year for livestock producers. To download a copy of the request letter, click below:
Read the attached creative and tongue in cheek letter from George Wright, an organic dairy producer of long standing, who has suffered the frustration of working within the organic standards to make a living for his family and employees. He was one of those that labored to supply sensible comment and reflection back in 2010 and 2011 thinking that it would be listened to and taken to heart. He is also a producer that has always been willing to travel to advocate for other producers and for the integrity of the organic seal. Please read the full letter with an open mind:
by Sarah Flack
“In the last few years, while working on writing a book, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many successful organic dairy farms and learn more about how farmers in different climates have successfully designed and managed their pastures. I visited farms providing all or most of the herds dry matter from pasture during the grazing season, as well as farms on more limited land bases where grazing only provides 40 to 50% of the herd’s intake needs. Some used only perennial plants, while others used innovative mixtures of both annuals and perennials. The successful grazing systems were each unique and creatively designed to meet the farm and farm family goals.” To read the complete article by Sarah, please go to:
There was a good discussion on the use of hydrated lime on organic farms. It is generally regarded as a prohibited substance; some certifiers will not allow its use for any purpose, but one producer pointed out that the NOP regulations specifically allow hydrated lime as an external pest control. It specifically disallows its use to “cauterize physical alterations or deodorize animal wastes”. Other uses are not discussed in the standards. One producer wanted to use hydrated lime in bedded pack pens at clean out to sanitize the pen before clean bedding and new animals were introduced. The farmer said his certifier would not allow it, and others on the list suggested that this was a misinterpretation of the rule. A consultant suggested that very clear and precise communication is needed with the certifier in these situations, especially where a substance may be allowed for one type of use, but prohibited in another. A crop farmer added that hydrated lime is very caustic and chemically reactive if applied to soil, certainly the reason why it is not allowed as a fertilizer. But he feels that it is an important product for barn sanitation, and after reacting with water and organic matter (from manure and wet surfaces), it goes through a chemical change bringing its pH to near neutral by the time it is spread onto the fields with the manure. To read the full article please click here.
Letter to the Editor
“I recently received the current paper edition of NODPA News [January, 2016] and read with interest the article about the young couple focused on building a life for themselves on the dairy farm in the NE Kingdom. At 64 years old, I have learned that it is human nature to complain, and that farmers are not immune from this.” To read the complete letter from Charlie Green, Moravia, NY please go to:
Added March 29, 2016Organic Exemption from Check-offs
As of March 1, 2016, all organic operations can exempt themselves from paying into conventional check-offs. To read more about the process please go to:
To download the form for organic dairy producers to use, please go to:
For exemption forms for other commodities please go to: https://www.ams.usda.gov/resources/rp-organic-exemption
For those that have not yet claimed their money back, don’t delay – it’s not often that as a small business you get tax money back!
The USDA AMS is reported to be moving through the process of examining all the issues raised by the partial proposals submitted to counteract the OTA’s full proposal on an organic check-off. There is no timeline for when they might publish a full proposal on the Federal Register, which will be available for comment. If you do not want an organic check-off, register your opinion with USDA AMS employees whenever you can because the USDA is under the false impression that farmers are in favor of a federally mandated organic check-off tax. To keep updated with all that is happening and to sign the petition against the check-off, please go to www.noorganiccheckoff.com.
Opposed to OTA’s proposed organic check off? If you are going to a meeting or conference this spring, download these handouts (EMBEDED LINK) and continue the education process, plus encourage folks to go to www.noorganiccheckoff.com
“Stuyvesant, NY, February 17, 2016 -- Grass-fed products were recently identified as a top 10 food trend in 2016 by retailer Whole Foods Market.” Maple Hill Creamery announced it has entered into a milk supply agreement with Danone-Stonyfield which is introducing a fruit on the bottom style yogurt using Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) organically certified grass fed milk. It’s no wonder that when the demand for grass-fed milk and meats expanded dramatically, the organic community did not turn to the USDA or any federal program to verify or certify the claim. The initiative taken by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) and NOFA New York Certified Organic LLC, to work with producers and the industry, to have the only independent standards for grass-fed organic certification is one answer that does ensure that grass-fed has organic as its basic production method. Trying to get any additional certification through the NOP is not commercially viable because the time it takes is unacceptable to the market. It makes commercial sense for these two certifiers to launch this certification, and it has been taken up by at least one processor as the standards they require from producers in order to supply their brand. The positive aspect is that certifiers have moved this process forward under some control that can protect the producer from exploitation and the consumer from deceptive claims. The problem is that the standards themselves are not specific, not easily enforced, and attract a price premium that can be undermined by a large influx of milk that lacks the integrity expected by those who drafted the standards and the consumer. There is no one definition of ‘Grassfed’, similarly there is no definition of ‘Natural’. To read about the Maple Hill Creamery initiatives, please go to:
By Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, CVA
“Our present day dairy cow is one of the hardest working animals, using incredible amounts of energy to produce their vast quantities of milk. Often, her ability to maintain herself with this huge demand fails and she is in need of help. Acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is a very old system of balancing the flow of energy in our body and nourishing the ability to maximize our existing energy.” To read Dr. Lankenau’s entire article, complete with graphic diagrams, please go to:
By Bradley J. Heins, DVM, Assistant Professor, Organic Dairy Management West Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN
At the GrassWorks Grazing Conference in January, 2016, Bradley Heins moderated an industry panel on dairy breeds to consider for grass-based production. He agreed to write an article to provide an update on the breeding plans and some preliminary results from the University of Minnesota organic dairy herd in Morris, MN. To read the full article please go to:
Data published by the USDA AMS continues to show slight reduction in retail sales of organic non-fat fluid milk for November and December, 2015, and a small increase in sales of full fat and 2% fluid milk compared to 2014. The only Federal Milk Marketing Order to publish data on organic utilization is Order 1 (Northeast) and their data show that utilization of organic whole milk had increased by 20% to 13,659,363 lbs. in December, 2015 compared to 11,306,595 lbs. in December, 2014. Non-fat and Reduced Fat organic milk utilization only increased marginally by less than 1%. There is no tracking of the increasing sales of grass-fed milk, and now certified organic grass-fed milk, both retail and manufacturing. With Danone (Stonyfield brand) moving away from purchasing all of its supply from CROPP, it is expanding its direct purchasing of organic to include organic grass-fed, there is increasing competition for a limited pool of milk. Maple Hill Creamery, selling to Danone should assist with their balancing and allow them to continue their active solicitation of producers who can meet their standards. Producers are exercising their right to move their supply to other companies with the increase in competition across the Midwest and the Northeast. Those looking for an easier entry into a value added market are looking at the grass-fed market demand, whether it is an entry to organic or not. With the price of conventional milk projected to stay low because of the decrease in exports and without any grant based federal safety net, many small to mid-size dairy operations are looking at different options to stay in business. For more on pay and feed price, please go to:
NODPA is AGAINST ANY ORGANIC CHECK-OFF and will continue to organize against it, but OTA has purchased the right to submit a proposal so we need to ensure any process is democratic. USDA AMS has questioned the support for OTA’s proposal so please register your opposition to a check-off (if you haven’t already done so) by going to www.noorganiccheckoff.com or write directly to Ed Maltby, NODPA, 30 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342.
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