Judging the best of the best

CEW-MR-2-JUDGING-AADS_09931by Steve Wagner

The judging for Supreme Champion is a culmination of AADS events for the preceding week. Alan McCauley, AADS President, took a moment to focus on judging guidelines for this particular event, what the judges look for. “You look for straight lines, dairyness, which means angularity and not carrying a lot of excess condition,” he said. “The most important thing is probably a real sound set of feet and legs and a well attached, well balanced udder with proper teat size placement — udder and feet and legs are very, very important.” [Read more…]

Golfing success

CN-RP-2-GOLFING-SUCCESS_11Last month’s “Playing for Clover” 4-H Golf Tournament fundraiser was a success! The Grafton County 4-H Leaders’ Association collected nearly $11,000. [Read more…]

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…]