It is Thanksgiving time and we have many things to be thankful for this holiday season. You don’t have to look very far to find others less fortunate than you. This is the time of year to reflect on the many blessings in our lives.
We will be providing lunches for all employees who work normal hours on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for your dedication to our animals and farms.
Safety meetings, discussions and awareness all have a huge impact on improving our safety records. Alliance has had 70% less accidents this year. Alliance Grazing Group accidents are up but only because accidents are being reported this year that would not have been reported last year. Please continue to let your supervisor know if you do have an accident. Every accident needs to be reported. Last year our workman’s compensation insurance paid $280,000 in claims and had $130,000 in reserves for future doctor appointments. This year we have only spent $80,000 with another $100,000 in reserves. Thank you for making good decisions regarding safety and helping our farms be safer places to work.
“Where can we tell friends and neighbors to purchase the milk that we produce?” The answer to that question is as follows:
All Publix labeled white and chocolate milk
Aldi labeled white and chocolate milk
All Family Dollar stores and convenience stores under the Gustafson’s label
Most Circle K stores in the Central Florida region under the Gustafson’s label
Save A Lot stores with the exception of South Florida and North West Florida
All of our dairies made the Milk Quality Honor Roll this year in our milk cooperative. Alliance Parlor #1 and Alliance Parlor #2 were in the top 10. This is a great accomplishment. I know Grassy Bell, Piedmont and Southpoint can improve their milk quality and maximize the Q-factor bonus. We are leaving money on the table when we don’t get the .40 each month. I know we can do this.
In October milk production was 8.75 pounds higher per cow at the grazing dairies and 2.73 pounds higher per cow at Alliance. Yesterday we shipped 638,326 pounds. Back in the good ole days it would have taken 364 – 50 cow dairy farms to produce that much milk in a day. It is amazing what we accomplish each day on our farms. Every job counts when it comes to producing high quality milk and keeping the cows healthy, fed and bred. Thank you for all your hard work each and every day.