Taking manure spills seriously

CWMN-MR-3-Manure Spills3473by Sally Colby

A manure spill, no matter where it occurs, is more than an ‘oops’. There are serious consequences if manure spills are not handled promptly and properly.

Manure spills related to manure hauling and spreading can occur due to operator error, equipment failure or an accident. No matter what the circumstances, it’s imperative that the operator knows what to do, and is prepared to take immediate and appropriate action. [Read more…]

Year-round nutrition begins with bunker filling

C4-MR-2-Bunker filling2959by Sally Colby

For farmers who are serious about producing a nutrition-packed crop that will sustain the herd for optimum production, the year starts with crop planning and seed selection. After planting, it’s mostly a waiting game until harvest.

When kernels reach about 80 percent milk, begin sampling the plant for moisture content. Whole plant moisture level between 65 and 70 percent is ideal. When moisture content exceeds 70 percent, silage juices seep from the bunker, which means loss of soluble nutrients and feed value. Conversely, silage that is harvested too dry presents packing challenges, and excess oxygen that can result in undesirable heating and mold development. [Read more…]

American Dairy Linebacks

CEW-MR-2-American Linebacks1by Al Dorantes

On a visit to the livestock barn at the local fair I noticed something unfamiliar to me. It was a dark colored cow with a white stripe down her back and speckled sides. Valerie Becker and Jim and Jennifer Brewer, from Mohawk, NY, were happy to talk about the American Dairy Lineback.

Lineback color patterns appear on cattle breeds all over the world. The pattern is random in some breeds like the Texas Longhorn but in breeds like English longhorn and Irish Moiled the pattern becomes an indicative of the breed. [Read more…]

New York Jersey wins Supreme Champion honors at the 2014 All-American Dairy Show

CEWM-MR-3-NYJersey09by Jon M. Casey

New York Milking Shorthorn takes Junior Supreme, while Maryland Jersey wins Best Bred and Owned

For attendees of this year’s All-American Dairy Show, the announcement that DC Harmony Norma, the Jersey 6-year-old and older class winner owned by Jordan and Jason Thomas of Lowville, NY, was named Supreme Champion, came with a huge round of applause as spectators expressed their appreciation for the quality of this year’s winners. [Read more…]