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New agreement clears the way for Select Sires Cooperative, Inc

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:50 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - It looks like we’ll soon have a new Cooperative in the genetics industry. That’s because Select Sires Incorporated and the boards of 5 local member cooperatives have voted to bring their federation together to form Select Sires Cooperative, Incorporated. The process of unifying began back in 2016 and will be finalized once members of the unifying organizations vote to move ahead with the new business. Besides Select Sires, the group includes All West Select Sires, Central Star Cooperative, COBA Select Sires, Select Sires Mid America and Minnesota Select Sires Co-op. No date was revealed as to when the new organization would be in place.

The Chinese are getting hooked on fresh milk—the problem is they can’t get enough of it. So the Chinese government has plans to expand their dairy herd by 2 and a half million cows in the next few years. Currently they only have enough cows to meet 70% of the demand for fresh milk. Their challenges are high feed costs because of their need to rebuild their hog herd and limits on land and water availability. They also are having trouble finding cows since importing live heifers is a challenge because of the long sea voyage which has caused New Zealand to decide they will stop exporting live animals in the next 2 years because of animal welfare concerns. That means new dairies now being built in China to house almost 1 and a half million cows will be empty when construction is completed. Phase One of the U.S.-China Trade Agreement does include a pledge by the U.S. to start talks with the Chinese on sending our cows to China. But so far no such talks are underway.

USDA officials have announced that producers who planted cover crops and have coverage under most crop insurance policies will be eligible for some premium support for the 2021 crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program will give producers a premium support on their crop insurance of $5 an acre if they insured a spring crop and planted a qualifying cover crop. To qualify, producers must file an acreage report with the Farm Service agency by June 15th. That’s a month earlier than the normal crop reporting date.

The dairy breakfast season is underway. In about 10 minutes they will begin serving breakfast at the CWSF in Marshfield to kick-off their Dairy fest weekend.

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