Feeding Holstein beef

CN-MR-1-Feeding-Holstein91by Mary and Bill Weaver

Some producers raising Holstein beef calves feed them too long, according to Jim Hogue of Agri-Basics, who has spent 27 years as a nutritionist. “Don’t go by the ‘finish’ on the outside of the animal. Most of the fat deposited in Holstein beef will be internal, and will not be detectable in the live animal,” he explained. “At 1,350 to 1,400 pounds, they’re ready for market. Both you and your buyer will be happier with the results.” [Read more…]

Penn State’s new student industry tour highlights agriculture’s diversity

CM-MR-2-PENN-ST-DAIRY-TOUR-011For 16 years Penn State’s Department of Animal Science has offered a tour of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry. Designed to introduce students new to the University Park campus and other Commonwealth campuses to the industry’s diversity and to career opportunities.

Twenty-five students and four faculty members participated in this year’s tour on Aug. 27 that visited Somerset County and saw beef, dairy and veterinary operations. [Read more…]

UMass Cherry Bomb Ice Cream and Maple Valley Creamery

CN-MR-2-BROWN-SWISS_0981by Laura Rodley

Misty is an 11 year old Brown Swiss owned by Laurie Cuevas and Bruce Jenks under their Hadley, MA based Signature Swiss prefix. Misty won Senior Champion, Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the Ralph W. Rice Memorial Award for best udder of all breeds at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair held the last weekend of August.  [Read more…]

Pumpkins a highlight at Danny Cassell’s farm

CM-MR-2-CASSELL-PUMPKIN_31by Karl H. Kazaks

GLADESBORO, VA – Danny Cassell has been farming since he was big enough to walk behind the cabbage setter. He bought his first tractor in 1976. Today he is a fulltime farmer and has been for eight years, growing mainly pumpkins and sweet corn but also collards, kale, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. [Read more…]

Heat stress impacts on dairy cow reproduction

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast may not be the hottest region in the country, yet it has seen an increasing amount of hot days, where the temperature-humidity index (THI) rises above 72 points, the level at which thermal neutrality is breeched and dairy cows begin to be negatively impacted by heat stress. Climate change predictions for the region indicate that an increase in the amount of days where a heat stress event occurs, as well as an increase in the duration and intensity of such events, is all but inevitable. [Read more…]