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2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl- Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show


Blan & Kathy Dougherty Milking Herd & Bred Heifer Dispersal

The Dougherty’s milk barn & facilities in Athens, TN destroyed in tornado on Nov. 30

Background of Event and Intermediate Home of Cows:  Almost immediately following a 1:30 am tornado on Nov. 30, neighbors and family members of the Doughertys began arriving at the farm to begin helping and assessing extensive damage to all facilities, and the folks associated with the farm.  As farmers and animal caretakers themselves, getting the cows taken care of was a primary concern. This was taking place concurrently with taking care of a farm associate who was hurt, and whose home received extensive damage.  Additionally, Blan and Kathy's house was also damaged, (some windows were blown out, the roof has been replaced, as well as other structural damage), but will be able to eventually be repaired.

Understandably, things were moving fast, but a great group of folks with animal and farm experience got first things done first. It was obvious the milk barn, and housing and feeding facilities received the brunt of the hit, and cows were not going to be able to be milked. Unfortunately, six just-weaned calves were killed.

Steve Harrison, a neighbor to the Doughertys, generously agreed to temporarily house the cows until some decisions about the herd's future could be determined. That set in motion a series of events: getting trailers lined up, and ready to get to the farm as soon as roads could be cleared.  In the meantime, Steve's farm staffs began getting things ready to receive the cows and get them settled in. (The Harrison farm was less than an hour away from the Dougherty farm.)  After the 1:30 am storm, trailers started loading just before noon, and the cows were safely moved less than 12 hours after the tornado.  The Doughertys were excellent cow managers, and the cows have received excellent care at Harrison Dairy. Blan and his herdspeople and brother have been going back and forth to assist in the transition.  All in all, a horrific situation was handled as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and stress to the cows was minimized. At this point, it is difficult to pinpoint all of the neighbors that have pitched in at any time of storm recovery.
In the days since, Blan and Kathy have made the difficult decision that a dispersal of the milking herd and springing heifers (through those due in March)  is their best course of action.   They will keep the yearlings and young stock as they evaluate their future, which may or may not include milking once again.  As they say, "This is hard and very sad, and not what we wanted."  Kathy acknowledges the blessing of not losing their home, as did many others in their neighborhood.   There was a massive amount of property damage on their farmstead, and several community groups have been in already to assist with clean-up, the first step to restoration.  An article in the Daily Post-Athenian summarizes their story, link to it here:

Getting ready for the sale, some culling has already taken place:  cows with breeding problems, mobility problems, and low production have already been sold.  Animals selling will be sound.

SALE UPDATES:  It is anticipated there will be updates posted up until sale time.
These may be posted at one or all of these social media and web-based avenues:
Facebook: AgCentral, Southeast Dairy Forum, Tennessee Holstein Association, Tennessee Dairy Producers Twitter: @AgCentralUS
Blog (open to everyone):  www. milkshedsblog.com
Email:  Several of our allied industry associations will be sharing news via their email networks - thanks much to them for graciously agreeing to do that!

STORM SUMMARY:  For those of you not living in the area, I have attached a summary of the events of the tornado as it affected the entire community.  A grocery store and tire shop was destroyed, as was a subdivision, where many families lost their homes and belongings. The information was generated by The Morning Fax, a daily 'quick news' publication based in Athens, but clipped and reassembled in this convenient form.

THANKS to many of you who have called, inquired, or asked if you could be of assistance to the area.  More about those efforts will come in a future email, but for now, we are focused on helping the Dougherty cattle sale well, and supporting Blan and Kathy and their family.

PRAYERS: All prayers from any of you have been much appreciated, and we ask that they continue. In addition to the tornado events, we have several families dealing with medical issues and other life situations, and please remember them as well.  They include Kevin Edwards & family, Sam Gilbert and family, Glenda Underwood and family (her stepfather is in the hospital in critical care),  and continued prayers for Rita Davis and family.  If there are others, please let me know, and we'll gladly place you on a prayer list.

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