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RIO, WI

WSA awards $1,000 to Southdown Futurity Winners

The Wisconsin Southdown Association (WSA) announced the winners of the $1,000 Jackpot the association offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale held this spring. Fall and Spring ewe lambs purchased in this sale were eligible for the jackpot when the youth participated in the American Southdown Breeders Association (ASBA) “Pot ‘O Gold” futurity.

A fall ewe purchased by Jaleigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK and spring ewe lamb purchased by Hannah Schultz, Fort Atkinson, WI were the highest placing animals in the ASBA Futurity purchased in the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale in their respective age groups. Oldenburg was awarded $570 and Schulz $430 in the Wisconsin Jackpot. These awards were in addition to the money awarded to Oldenburg and Schultz by the ASBA.

WSJA members who competed in 2016 included Kyliegha Daniels, Andrew Formo, Caleb Formo, Dylan Klug, Isaac Kohlman, Carson Lobdell, Casey Lobdell and Hannah Schultz. Five of the top eight ewe division placings were won by Wisconsin youth.

Complete results for the “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity can be found at www.southdownsheep.org .

The Wisconsin Southdown Association will be holding its 2017 Southdown Stars Sale & Symposium on Saturday, April 22nd. The event will again feature a $1,000 jackpot as well as a high quality set of Southdowns for sale, educational sessions for youth and adults and an opportunity to network with other Southdowns breeders.

MADISON, WI

Dairy industry struggles as milk alternatives on the rise

Dairy farmers continue to struggle with declining business as the popularity of milk alternatives is continuing to rise.

Alternatives to dairy milk, which include almond milk, soy milk and rice milk, are becoming more popular for various reasons.

Madison's Willy Street Co-op grocery category manager Dean Kallas said the biggest reason is due to dairy allergies, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Some people, who are vegetarian or vegan, may opt for a milk substitute because they don't want to drink dairy, said Kallas.

He said the co-op has recently introduced two new alternatives, split pea milk and hemp milk, which will also be thrown onto shelves.

Even with dairy milk sales continuing to dominate the market, Jordan Rost with the global marketing research firm Nielsen, says almond milk has an 8 percent growth rate. Another market research firm, BCC Research, said global market milk alternatives in 2014 reached $5.8 billion.

Tina Hinchley, a dairy farmer in Deerfield and a member of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, said the dairy industry is struggling because of the drop in milk prices, which are a lot lower now than they were a few years ago.

"It's not only the almond milk — it's the soy, it's the rice, it's all the different varieties of stuff. (And) now you have juices as well in the dairy case," she said.

MADISON

World Dairy Expo® seeks nominations for recognition awards

Nominations are now open for World Dairy Expo Recognition Awards. Producers, organizations, academic staff and others involved in the dairy industry are encouraged to nominate individuals for their outstanding work and dedication to the dairy industry.

Recognition awards will be presented in the following categories:

Dairy Woman and Dairyman of the Year: These two awards, the Dairyman of the Year and the Dairy Woman of the Year, are presented to active dairy producers whose primary source of income is derived from their dairy farm. The producers selected to receive these honors excel in breeding quality animals while maintaining efficient production. Award recipients utilize progressive management practices, serve their communities and are involved in government activities, breed organizations and other aspects of the dairy industry.

Industry Person of the Year: This award is presented to an individual in recognition of excellence in research, development, education, marketing, manufacturing or other fields, which are a part of an industry or institution that provides goods or services to the dairy industry.

International Person of the Year: The individual who receives this award will be recognized for their contribution to improved international relations, business development, trade and cooperation in the dairy industry internationally.

The application, along with lists of past winners, is available at worlddairyexpo.com or by contacting the Expo office at 608-224-6455 or wde@wdexpo.com. Nomination applications are due February 1, 2017. Recognition Award honorees will be recognized during the 2017 World Dairy Expo, October 3-7, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

For five decades, the global dairy industry has been meeting in Madison, Wis. for World Dairy Expo. Crowds of nearly 75,000 people from more than 100 countries attended the annual event in 2016. WDE will return Oct. 3-7, 2017 as attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to “Discover New Dairy Worlds.” Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #WDE17) for more information.

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