Tangipahoa & St Helena Parish Dairy Advisory Council

Ronald D. Bardwell  |  7/25/2012 11:33:04 PM

St. Helena / Tangipahoa Dairy Advisory

March 23, 2011

10:00 a.m.

The St. Helena/Tangipahoa Dairy Advisory meeting was held on March 23, 2011 at Mike’s Catfish Inn in Amite at 10 a.m. Present were Mike Miller, Mike McCormick, Hubert Yarbrough, Teddy Thompson, Dr. Charlie Hutchison, Mark Waller, Ladd Blades, Chuck Coburn, and Ronnie Bardwell. Two new members were Henry Capdeboscq, Jr and Stewart LeBlanc.

Mike Miller, Chairman, called the meeting to order. Minutes from the last meeting were presented by Ronnie Bardwell, motion to accept minutes was made by Chuck Coburn and seconded by Ladd Blades, motion carried.

Ronnie also presented the Financial Report. We collected $4,706.37 last year for Dairy Day and Educational Dairy programs. Dairy Promotion Board donated $1,000 each to St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parish. Expenses were $3,948.54 for Dairy Day and Educational Dairy programs throughout the year. Balance on February 28, 2011 was $2,553.01, motion by Mark Waller to accept treasurer’s report and seconded by Hubert Yarbrough, Jr, motion carried.

Dr. Charlie Hutchison, Dairy Specialist, LSU AgCenter, informed the committee about the dairy industry. The total numbers of dairy producers decrease to 145 in 2010 from 163 in 2009. St. Helena herd numbers decreased from 18 in 2009 to 15 in 2010, while Tangipahoa went from 66 in 2009 to 64 in 2010. Co2w numbers in St. Helena decreased from 2300 in 2009 to 1900 in 2010, while production decreased from 32.7 million in 2009 to 27.7 million pounds in 2010. Cow numbers in Tangipahoa decreased from 8150 in 2009 to 7200 in 2010, while production decreased from 110.5 million pounds in 2009 to 97.3 million pounds in 2010.

Dr. Hutchison also stated fourteen parishes has at least one herd. In 2009, herd numbers in Louisiana were 163, but in 2010, herd numbers decreased to 145. Cow numbers decreased from 20,105 in 2009 to 16, 905 in 2010. The total pounds of milk decreased from 273 million for 2009 to 231 million in 2010.

In 2009, milk price averaged $14.39/cwt, but 2010, price increased to $18.15/cwt.

The Florida Parishes of Southeast LA produces about 91% of the milk in the state. The dairy industry’s value in Louisiana is approximately $116.8 million.

Mark Waller, First South Farm Credit, told the committee that out of this $30 million in loans, only $4 million was for dairies. It has been 15 years since dairymen have reinvested in farm structures. Interest rates should stay steady for 1 ½ years at 3 ¼ % over prime.

Mike McCormick, Residential Director at Southeast Research Station, informed the committee that Kentwood Coop has three testing machines that producers can rent for $50 a day to assist in looking at Somatic Cell in individual cows.

Ronnie discussed the Somatic Cell meetings to be held in March and April in Kentwood, Pine and Husser.

Dairy Day supporter list was updated.

Stewart Leblanc made the motion to have Dairy Day on June 9, 2011, seconded by Hubert Yarbrough, Jr., motion carried.

Motion to adjourn was made by Hubert Yarbrough, Jr., seconded by Ladd Blades, motion carried.

Lunch was served at 12:30 p.m.

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