CDI adding new evaporator
California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the largest dairy processing cooperative in California, will increase its processing capacity with the addition of a third evaporator at its Visalia, Calif. plant.
“Management continues to look for new ways to add value to its member-owners' milk through the expansion and improvement of its assets and product offerings,” said Andrei Mikhalevsky, CEO. “The addition of a new evaporator combines increased capacity and improved capabilities to offer CDI the flexibility to adjust product portfolios as market demands shift, which will grow market share and maximize member-owner profits.”
The largest capital project undertaken since the Visalia plant was built in 2007, the new evaporator will increase CDI’s ability to meet tight export specifications on value-added milk powders. The evaporator is expected to be online February 2016.
CDI members produce about 47% of California’s milk. Co-owned by more than 430 dairy producers who ship 18 billion lbs. of milk annually, it manufactures butter, fluid milk products and milk powders. Visit www.californiadairies.com.
Harrison named Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada administrator
The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada has named Jenn Harrison as administrator, effective March 1.
A veteran in the industry, Harrison started her work with the Dairy Council in 1997 and was previously the vice president of marketing and finance. She has coordinated community events, conducted media interviews and created social media outlets to increase producer and consumer education.
Through her career, Harrison has conducted hundreds of presentations and coordinated numerous interviews to promote the value of dairy products to schools, businesses and general consumers.
Haggith named AJCA/NAJ western area representative
Maija Haggith, Bellingham, Wash., has been named Western Area Representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. She began her duties on Feb. 14.
Haggith will provide on-farm service in Arizona, southern California, New Mexico and west Texas. She will also travel nationwide as an evaluator for the AJCA Linear Type Traits Appraisal program.
Haggith completed B.S. degrees in agricultural sciences and animal science this past September at Oregon State University. She worked at the university dairy for one year, then became an assistant in the necropsy department of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Maija was also a teaching assistant and peer advisor in the Department of Animal Sciences. She was a 2011-12 Oregon State Leadership Academy Fellow, and received the 2011 Charles M. Fisher Scholarship.