To enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.
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Added January 15, 2015. It looks like 2015 will be the year when processors start to recognize the realities of organic dairy production and the steady growth of demand in the retail market based on quality and production preference. For more, go to:
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Added in November and December, 2014, and January, 2015
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Wanted: We are looking for a supplier of organic unsalted butter, about 120,000 lbs annually.
Added December 3, 2014.
Contact: Lea Rubinstein
Looking for organic started bull calves or young grass fed feeders within a reasonable distance, will go farher for a group. Added February 5, 2015.
Name: Ronald Axtell
Location: Deposit, NY
Looking for 10-15 certified organic Jerseys. Added February 2, 2015.
Name: Andy Smith
Location: Monmouth. ME
I am looking to buy a good brown swiss.
Added January 14, 2015.
Phone: 307 246 3399
We are a small family farm located in Northeast Ohio. Our goal is to raise the healthiest family milk cows that we can. We currently have 7 Jersey cows that are fresh (in milk) and ready for delivery. Another 9 heifers are pregnant ... take your choice and get to know your Jersey before she has her calf and starts milking. Added January 1, 2015.
Contact: David R
Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio
Forage, Bedding & Grains
For Sale: NOFA-NY Certified Organic BEDDING HAY - 4 1/2 X 4 round bales, stored outside. Also TIMOTHY SEED, cleaned and bagged on farm. Contact Jeff at Mitchell Farms (Avoca, NY - Steuben County). 607-566-8477 or Mitchellorganics@hotmail.com.
Added February 16, 2015.
Century Grass Farms
1st, 2nd, 3rd, cutting balage individually wrapped. 4x4.5 round bales. Dry hay also available. Reasonable pricing. Trucking now available. Place your orders now! Contact Steve 412.580.9692
Added January 14, 2015.
Contact: Steve Magan
Corn silage: 2014 crop, blue river corn. processed with class 960 with shredlage attachment. packed good and coverd in bunk silo. lots of grain, tests available. 75 a ton at the bunk. can load. Added January 4, 2015.
Contact: derek csendom
Location: new york
650 large square bales NOFA Certified Organic Hay. Northern Columbia County NY, south of Albany. First, second and third cutting. On pallets in our barns. Call Tim at 518-929-9018 or email Tim.L@StewardshipFarms.com. Added January 1, 2015.
60 4x4 bales of haylage individually wrapped. 30 1st cutting (early June)& 30 3rd cutting (September): $40/bale. 20 4x4 bales of 2nd cutting (dry hay): $50/bale. Also available: 28 5x5 bales of 2013 oatlage linewrapped. $30/bale as is or I will individually wrap them for another $15/bale.
These are all certified by NOFA-NY. These are FOB prices but I have a couple of neighbors who haul so I could contact them for you.
Added December 8, 2014.
Contact: Steve Kimball
Location: Falconer, NY 14733
I am looking for a used bulk tank 800-1000 gallon in quality condition. Shaun Riordan; Phone: 443-252-7970; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Shaftsbury, VT
Added January 14, 2015.
3000 gallon vertical plastic tank with shut off valves. $800 or best offer. 518-727-1712
Added December 2, 2014.
Contact: Tammy Thomas
Location: Greenwich NY
Greyrock Farm Dairy Manager
Added February 2, 2015. Greyrock Farm is a diversified farm in Cazenovia, NY. We raise beef, pork, and chicken and do our own slaughtering and butchering on farm. We have a raw milk dairy, a flock of laying hens, and we manage about 12 acres of vegetable fields. We make hay and work with draft horses. We market our produce through a year-round CSA and a bi-weekly market on the farm.
We are looking for a full-time dairy manager to manage all operations in our raw milk dairy. We milk Brown Swiss and currently have 12 milkers and 7 heifers, with the goal of milking between 15 and 20. Our cows are 100% grass-fed, and we rotationally graze them on 24 acres of pasture during the growing season. We milk year-round in a tie-stall barn. We milk our cows once a day and have experimented with keeping our calves on cows.
The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years experience managing a dairy. We are looking for someone with attention to detail, an eye for efficiency, and a love of cows. Experience with organic, grass-fed, and raw milk preferred.
Salary will be between 22,000-28,000 based on experience.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and professional references to Gillian at email@example.com.
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February 3-7, 2015
Nature as Mentor, PASA’s 24th Annual Farming the Future
Conference, State College, PA
February 3 - 22, 2015
2015 Carbon Farming Course: Workshops in Regenerative Agriculture
Red Hook, NY
February 10, 2015
Quality Forage Comes from Planning Not Luck
Contact Name: Fay Benson
Location: Jordan Hall Auditorium, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY
February 14 & 15, 2015
33rd Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
February 17 & 18, 2015
The 22nd Annual Southeast PA Grazing Conference: Maximizing Energy Harvest
Lancaster Ag Headquarters, 60 North Ronks Road, Ronks, PA 17572
February 25-26, 2015
Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI
February 26-28, 2015
MOSES Organic Farming Conference
March 4, 2015
NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference
Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY
March 18 and 20
Winter Dairy Management Workshops on Milk Components
Carthage, NY and Malone, NY
Aaron and Carly Bell and family
Tide Mill Organics, Eastern Maine
Although his father and uncle sold the dairy herd in the 1970’s, eighth generation farmer Aaron Bell of Tide Mill Organics, knew that he wanted to be a dairyman. It was the stories from family members and the community that inspired Aaron to revive the dairy in the early 2000’s when HP Hood was aggressively seeking raw milk for its entrance into the organic milk sector, having purchased the right to bottle fluid milk under the Stonyfield Farm name. Situated in the far edge of eastern Maine in Washington County, Tide Mill Organics is a stone’s throw from the Canadian border and the ocean. The farm is recognized as a National Bicentennial Farm, a rare claim and especially so in this circumstance since not only is the land still in the Bell family but it is still commercially farmed. In 2000, when Aaron returned to the farm post-college with his wife Carly Delsignore, the farm was 1600 acres- 50 acres of fields, 20-30 acres of marginal but improvable land and the rest wooded. To read more of Sonja Heyck-Merlin article on this family farm, please go to:
The 2014 Farm Bill allows all organic farmers and businesses to pull assessed monies out of conventional check-off programs. In December, the USDA issued proposed rules to set this process up.
A strong response from organic farmers and businesses will let the USDA know this exemption is important to organic agriculture, and these rules need to be put in place as quickly as possible. The instructions below will guide you on how to submit comments. Here are talking points:
Comments must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2015. They can be electronically submitted at:
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Is planning for retirement and the future of your farm on your “to do” list? Would you be willing to share your ideas and concerns about your farm transition? If you are a senior operator, the junior generation, or a beginning organic dairy farmer with ideas and concerns about how organic dairies will be passed on please read on.
The farm succession conundrum
Of all the daily challenges that organic dairy farmers grapple with, farm succession is not usually on the list. It’s easier to put off planning for that unsettled future, and to avoid uncomfortable subjects like death and taxes. But we all know that the future of the farm is a concern for most farmers. A new project led by Land For Good (LFG) will give the organic farm transition “conundrum” focused attention and support. LFG is a New England nonprofit organization that specializes in farm access and transfer. Its organic farm succession project will investigate organic dairy farmers’ unique dilemmas and opportunities in transition planning. Supported by grants from Organic Valley’s Farmers Advocating for Organics Fund and the Clif Bar Family Foundation, LFG will hold discussion groups and conduct interviews with organic dairy farmers across New England to develop better strategies to help farmers address farm succession. To read more, click here.
Hue Karreman starts his article with the best common sense, and least expensive, way of preventing pneumonia (and many other respiratory complaints), “Yes! Fresh air and dry bedding make for healthy animals.” This time of year, with very variable weather patterns and stress on housing, the problems with maintaining a healthy herd, especially among young stock, is always an immediate concern for livestock producers. For a comprehensive article on preventing and treating pneumonia, click here.Dr. Hubert Karreman Presents:
On Tues March 10th and Wednesday March 11th, Dr. Hubert Karreman will be teaching his third class on in-depth health care strategies for organic dairy cows at the Rodale Institute. It is a two-day class from 9am-5pm. Participants will be in the classroom in the mornings and in the afternoon will be working hands-on with the cows, right next door at our neighbor's 65 cow certified organic dairy farm. The class is filling up so make your reservations soon. For more details and to sign up, click here.
For more details, please be in touch with Hubert Karreman, VMD, Adjunct Veterinarian at Rodale Institute, 717-405-8137.
Recent Odairy Discussions
ODairy is blessed by having so many committed veterinarians experienced in organic production who take an active part in the discussions on the list serve. There is no one way to solve a health problem in organic production but there was plenty of good advice on how to deal with mastitis. There was also a spirited discussion on methionine role in organic production plus suggestions on how to work with certifiers in making decisions on what can be used in organic livestock production.
Also, Odairy is a great place to advertise animals for sale and organic feed that is available.
Added January 15, 2015
Forecasts for 2015 and Beyond
What does Kevin Engelbert, John Bobbe, Andrew Dykstra, Sharad Mathur, Harriet Behar, Mike Davies, Bruce Drinkman, Miles McEvoy and Andre Brito have in common? As part of our January edition of the NODPA News they shared their perspective on the future of organic dairy from their own point of view. We invited these leaders of organic dairy from different backgrounds and occupations in order to have a variety of perspectives to share with you. We had no editorial control and did not edit their submissions. To read their interesting and unique ideas please go to:
And, to read Mary Howell and Klaas Martens’ thoughts on the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow conference, click here:
National Organic Standards Board Update
Jean Richardson, Chair National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) gives an update on what is happening at the Board and the USDA NOP since the last meeting of the Board in Kentucky last November, 2014. Jean continues to share the work of the Board in easy to understand language and gives an insight into what the NOP is doing to strengthen the integrity of the organic seal, plus, did you know that Miles McEvoy goes bird watching in his spare time? To read her complete article, please go to:
Profitability Declines slightly in 2013
That is the headline from Bob Parsons, UVM Extension, from his ongoing study on the profitability of organic dairying in Vermont. This study on the economics of organic dairy involved 34 Vermont dairy farms for the 2013 tax year, found that Return on Assets (ROA) dropped from 1.82% to 1.60%. The study was conducted with the cooperation of the University of Vermont Extension, NOFA-Vermont, Vermont organic dairy farmers, and the generous financial support from Stonyfield Farms, Morrison Custom Feeds, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Green Mountain Feeds, and Yankee Farm Credit. Bob writes, “In conclusion, organic farms are getting by. Organic is not the road to riches for many; however it has been a key vehicle of survival for many of the smaller farms who likely would be out of business if they had not had the option to go organic. Higher milk prices are needed but can the market absorb a higher price without losing consumer demand? So while the coming years likely will not see an immediate loss of organic dairy farms, there should be concern for long run viability and sustainable and healthy supply of organic milk from Vermont farms. Without a higher price, organic dairy farms have only the same options they had available when on the conventional treadmill; add more cows and produce more milk per cow to meet rising expenses.” To read the complete article and view the data collected please go to:
Pay Price Update: Pay price moves up slowly as sales increase and shortages continue
It looks like 2015 will be the year when processors start to recognize the realities of organic dairy production and the steady growth of demand in the retail market based on quality and production preference. As competition for the milk supply increases, regional buyers of organic milk are becoming more aggressive, with many different incentives available for those that want to switch processors. While an increasing part of the pay price is still the MAP, which can be taken away at the discretion of the processor, the base price has increased and CROPP has made the calculation of their pay price more understandable. To find out what the processors are paying and for a history of demand and supply please go to:
5 Ways You Can Support NODPA
Ten years ago NODPA was formed in response to a threat of a drop in milk price. In 2014 NODPA is the only organization whose mission is to represent the interest of organic dairy producers no matter who they sell their milk to.
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