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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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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.

Pay Price, Feed & Retail Price Update for July 2015

In the last month, Federal Order No. 1 of the FMMO has released statistics on how many organic producers are shipping milk to plants in the region. These show that while consumer demand and production are increasing, the number of farms is dropping . . . 

To read more, please click here.


Check Out All The Businesses Supporting NODPA's Work

Over 20 businesses have signed up for our business membership directory, helping support our newsletter, web site, advocacy work, and more. Check them out.

Recent Classifieds

Added in April, June & July, 2015

For full classifieds, click here.

Want to submit your own farmer classified? Click here >

Equipment

Trying to sell two barley sprout systems. Asking 20,000.00 for eachsystem. Both systems puts out 2200 pounds of sprouts a day. The systems are self contained, water and lighting is automatic. Added August 28, 2015.
Contact: Ron Dyk
Email: roncond@hotmail.com
Phone: 406-580-4644

Forage & Grain

For Sale: Dry hay. Large round bales. First and second cut. Good for cattle or horses. Certified organic. Stored inside. 802-326-4151 Montgomery, Vt. Added August 6, 2015.
Stanley Longley
5256 Longley Bridge Road
Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

4'x4' Oatlage/Grass Bales For Sale. Wrapped. Qty available is 600. Price is $40 per bale, qty discounts available. Added July 26, 2015.
Name: Heds-Up Farm
Email: ed@hedsupfarm.com
Phone: 3157943909
Location: Hamilton, NY

Glensfoot Farms in Cherry Valley, NY, grows, bales, and delivers high quality certified organic hay Baleage. Contact Todd Gohde (607) 287-8411 or tgohde@nycap.rr.com for availability and pricing. Round bales of first or second cutting are available for sale, and custom orders can be arranged. Added July 15, 2015.

Employment

HERD MANAGER WANTED Added August 25, 2015
Experienced organic dairyman needed to build a new dairy operation of grass-fed, organic registered Jersey cows in Alabama. The individual will be responsible for all facets of day-to-day operations, including:

  • Involved in the construction planning and equipment purchasing of the milking parlor
  • Milk production and milking facility management
  • Hands-on management of herd health and reproduction protocols
  • Overseeing animal care, housing, and pasture management
  • Scheduling veterinary visits and equipment maintenance
  • Involved in buying and selling animals
  • Maintaining accurate and detailed animal identification and herd records 
  • Involved in hiring and overseeing help 
  • Communicating management decisions and issues with the farm manager.
  • Applicants must be dependable and organized, enjoy working with animals and people.
  • For more information, please contact Tammy Hobson at 334-624-4660 

Job Opening!- Certification Program Manager (Added August 22, 2015)
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces a job opening for Certification Program Manager. This position will oversee PCO’s certification programs, including compliance and enforcement. This position will also be responsible for maintaining policies to be consistent with federal regulatory requirements. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: familiarity with regulatory compliance and organic certification, knowledge of organic standards. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (on-site preferred; telecommuting considered). The planned start date for this position is Dec 2015.

PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 750 operations and employs 20 office staff and 15 field inspectors. Our staff is dedicated to our mission: to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members.

This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary range: $45,000 – 55,000, depending on experience.
To view a job description visit: www.paorganic.org/jobs

Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off. Position will remain open until filled.

Please send resume and cover letter tolia@paorganic.org.

Job Opening!- Materials Program Manager

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces a job opening for Materials Program Manager. This position will oversee PCO’s material review program, including the publication of PCO Materials Lists, developing policies relevant to material review under the organic regulations, and will actively perform material review. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: knowledge of materials used in organic production and processing, familiarity with regulatory compliance and organic certification, knowledge of organic standards. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania; telecommuting will be considered. This planned start date for this position is Dec 2015.
PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 750 operations and employs 20 office staff and 15 field inspectors. Our staff is dedicated to our mission: to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Added July 26, 2015.

Salary range: $45,000 – 55,000, depending on experience.

To view a job description visit: www.paorganic.org/jobs

Position will remain open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to lia@paorganic.org.

Cheese Maker, Full-time (Added July 15, 2015)
Appleton Farms
Ipswich, MA

To See full posting and to apply go to: https://www.paycomonline.net/
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Herd Manager/Herdsman Wanted, Sidehill Farm, Hawley MA

Added June 16, 2015.


SideHill Farm is an organic grazing dairy in western Mass, seeking a skilled cow person. Begin in September 2015 as full herd manager, or as herdsman, depending on experience. Responsibility for milking, feeding, herd health, monitoring heats; maintenance of milking equipment, calf and barn chores.

Minimum 2 years’ experience with organic dairy and grazing. Calm and gentle with animals, skilled with tractors and equipment. Observant, patient, responsible, clean, fun to be around.

Year-round, begins Sept. 2015. Competitive pay, 5 days/week, paid time off.

Visit www.sidehillfarm.net/jobs/ for a full job description.

To apply, please email a resume and 3 references to amy@sidehillfarm.net

Animals

Registered Jersey Heifers. 8Wks all the way to bred heifers. 800.00 to 2000.00. Grass based dairy. Calves raised by cows. NOT certified organic however, raised as naturally as possible with no antibotics,herbicides, or pesticides. Call or email for pictures and pedigrees. Located in northwest Indiana. Pete Scherf 219-331-6985/219-561-1341 or email farm@scherffarms.com. Added August 12, 2015.
Contact: Scherf Farms/Pete Scherf
Email: farm@scherffarms.com
Phone: 219-331-6985/219-561-1341
Location: Michigan City, Indiana

Farm raised good quality Jersey and Jersey X Holstein heifers. Raised on pasture & grain. Wormed, dehorned, vaccinated, titted and sleeved. Good frame. Not fed lot cattle. 550-650 lbs. Call 903-790-2461 no text please. Added August 6, 2015.

Contact: Chuck Castloo
Email: crcastloo83@yahoo.com
Phone: 903-790-2461
Location: Coke Texas

For Sale: Certified Organic Jersey cow, currently dry due in September. low cell, great genetics. Please email for more info and photos. Added July 31, 2015.
Contact: Jeremy Russo
Email: southwindfarmstead@yahoo.com
Location: N. Rupert, VT

WANTED: I am looking to buy organic dairy cows and bred heifers. Added July 27, 2015
Contact: Ethan Liddick
Email: ethanliddick@gmail.com
Phone: 716-331-2779
Location: Fillmore NY

5 Jersey/Holstein cows & heifers. 2 are fresh a month, the rest are due to freshen within the next couple weeks. These are solid animals, we are just over crowed at the moment.
Added July 25, 2015
Contact: Conor MacDonald
Email: maclockie@gmail.com
Phone: 6036519042
Location: Washington, ME

We are looking for certified organic Jerseys. Lactating cows preferred, but would consider heifers too. Added July 16, 2015.
Contact: Andy Smith
Email: mainemilkhouse@gmail.com
Phone: 2078771705
Location: Monmouth, ME

We are looking for 15-25 Organic Jersey or cross cows or close-up heifers. Prefer cows from a tie barn but will consider free stall. Please call Ray or Stephanie at 315-705-2157 or 207-210-5714, or email us at: windyridgedairy@gmail.com. Added July 3, 2015.
Location: Winthrop, NY

45 certified organic Holstein heifers for sale. Exposed to a Jersey bull one month already. Asking $2750 a piece. Added July 1, 2015.
Contact: Daniel Miler
Email: millersorganic@bluefrog.com
Phone: 585-704-2664
Location: Darien

60 plus fresh and springing heifers plus a bunch of young stock for sale. Holstein and crosses. Added June 22, 2015.
Contact: Roger Scholten
Email: scholten@gmavt.net
Phone: 802-989-8076
Location: Middlebury, Vermont

Featured Farm: Tillotson's family farm, Cottonwood Farms, LLC, Pavilion, NY

Added July 20, 2015. The Tillotsons own 625 acres, 500 tillable, and rent another 460; a significant parcel of land to manage but necessary for their larger than typical organic herd which totals 300 milkers plus replacements and young stock. There has been significant movement away from what was originally a herd of American Holsteins towards New Zealand Fresian and Jersey genetics yielding a smaller framed cow with an average weight of 1200 pounds.  Milk production per cow averages 15,000 pounds per year.  Linebacks make up about a fifth of the herd and Paul noted that, “they are excellent grazers with good longevity and do well on our low grain ration,” which averages 8 pounds per cow year round. Paul Tillotson of Cottonwood Farms, LLC, commented jovially about farming with his son Jason.  “I think every farmer would love to farm with their son or daughter.   Jason is 36 now and has been farming with me for 18 years.  He grew up with it and it’s what he wanted to do even though we tried to push him out to go to college.”

To view the article, click here.

Added August 19, 2015

2015 NODPA Field Days,
October 1 & 2, 2015, Pavilion NY:

Organic Dairy: Preparing for the Next Generation

Western New York will play host to the 15th Annual NODPA Field Days on October 1st and 2nd, in Pavilion NY, an active farming community south of Rochester, NY. This year, we tackle the critically important topic of how to attract and retain the next generation of organic dairy producers.  It’s time to figure out how to adapt the farm to the changing needs of our children and grandchildren if we hope to keep organic dairy alive in the United States. The NODPA Field Days program will explore the current obstacles and opportunities for the next generation of organic dairy farmers, and will present success stories where family farms are adopting new and creative practices for the 21st century, and will hear from young farmers who will inform the discussion.

The next generation won’t be the only topic on the program; we will get an update on the grass-fed milk trend; have an extended, on-farm workshop on cow comfort; and will hear about robotic milking in the Netherlands, where it all began. We are excited to announce that Liana Hoodes, the founding director of the National Organic Coalition will be NODPA Field Days’ keynote speaker. She will share her experiences and observations about the future of the Organic brand, and following her presentation, everyone will have a chance to jump into the conversation during a discussion facilitated by Fay Benson, that we are calling Working Together for a Sustainable Organic Dairy Future.

This year, we wrap up Field Days with a special event. The New York Organic Dairy Initiative will host a cookout at the nearby Letchworth State Park, often called The Grand Canyon of the East, to conclude this year’s NODPA meeting. It’s a beautiful time of year to view the magnificent falls of the Genesee River.

Read more . . .
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Origin of Livestock
Comments to USDA NOP
NODPA’s comment was filed before the deadline of July 27 and reflected the long held beliefs of producers about the need to maintain the integrity of the organic seal and reward those producers that have been following the intent of the regulations for the past ten years. To read those comments please go to:

Origin of livestock comments 7.18.15.pdf

Organic Checkoff Partial Proposal

NODPA advocated to the USDA for the opportunity to present alternative ideas on a checkoff program and the USDA granted that request without asking for any bond money because they were not convinced that the OTA proposal reflects the views of the organic community. OTA’s money and resources have given them the opportunity to submit a proposal for an organic checkoff, and their proposal limits who can vote to establish one. NODPA’s proposal goes to a basic equality issue that every certificate holder should have one vote in any decision to form an organic checkoff. This was submitted to USDA on July 18th. To read the partial proposal please go to:

OrganicCheckoffPartialProposal NODPA final 7.18.15.pdf

Cow Comfort: The Big Picture

“Ever since we domesticated cattle they have had to adapt to environments designed by man often without their needs and preferences in mind. Even pasture-based systems in dairy do not completely mimic the conditions and social interactions found in the natural state. The fairly recent awakening to cow comfort and well-being by the dairy industry has been driven by both public opinion and university research. This is as much an economic pursuit as it is a movement towards better conditions for animals per se.”  Read the full article from Jerry Bertoldo, DVM, Dairy Specialist on the North West New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County and come to hear him speak at the NODPA Field Days.

Management of Perennial Pastures in the Summer: Do Not Overgraze. No matter how slow the regrowth.

"In the transition zone, the hot, dry summer months are a critical time to ensure that appropriate pasture management is utilized. Although it seems to happen too fast, in a short while many areas will begin to leave spring behind and move into summer. As air and soil temperatures increase, and rainfall becomes sparse, our cool season perennials recover from grazing much more slowly. The severity of the summer as well as the degree of rainfall will determine how quickly the stands recover. While the summer may be cool and moist (not likely), we should still approach the warm season prepared for slower pasture regrowth and summer dormancy.”

Read the full article by Joshua Baker, Marketing Manager/Southern Region Coordinator, Kings AgriSeeds, Inc.

Regional Roundup from Organic Dairy Farm Families

From Maine to Virginia, New York to Pennsylvania organic dairy farm families report back on their late spring and early summer farming progress in the differing climatic conditions that prevail in the northeast. With the increases in pay price and the continued short supply, this may turn out to be a better year than the last few, with feed prices remaining steady.

Read more >

Odairy Summary

“A farmer asked the group for some suggestions about a 6-year old cow he called a “hard keeper’.  She is thin, has a rough hair coat, and has had loose, dark manure all her life.  The farmer has tested her for Johnes’ disease and worms.” 
“One producer had shipping fever trouble.  New cows were brought into a herd, and one cow died from pneumonia within 10 days.  The producer asked what course of action to take to prevent more illness.” 
“Looking for suggestions for an electric fence energizer, a farmer asked the group for suggestions.  Two producers highly recommended the Cyclops fencers; another recommended the Stafix 15 joule fencer.”
“An udder sore appeared between the front quarters of a fresh cow.  The farmer asked what the best course of treatment would be.” 
“A farmer with triticale fields asked why about 10% of the grain head stems are a foot or so taller than the rest.”
These are all questions that were posted on the ODairy list serve over the last couple of months. To read about some of the answers that were generated, please go to the summary that Liz Bawden has written.

 


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.

Click here for a summary of the many ways you can support NODPA and the farmers it represents.

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Events

For additional information on the events below, click here.

August 24, 25 and 26, 2015
NY Farms to Host Healthy Soils for Dairy Grazers Workshops

August 24: Fay Benson’s Custom Grazing Farm, 546 Cobb Street, Groton NY

August 25: Bob Zufall’s No-Grain Dairy, 21 Campbell Road, Lisbon NY

August 26: Dan Casler’s Organic Dairy, 909 Paradise Road, Little Falls NY.

September 16-18, 2015
Generations of Opportunity: Sun and Water, Sons and Daughters
Mt. Pleasant, MI 

September 27 & 28, 2015
MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME

October 1 & 2, 2015
15th Annual NODPA Field Days
Davis Countryside Meadows, Pavilion NY


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