Growing quality from within

CM-MR-3-RAS2880by Sally Colby

Immediately after morning milking, a New Jersey dairy herd was loaded into a tractor-trailer, bound for a farm in Pennsylvania. That evening proved to be memorable.

“We had 55 cows that had come out of a tie stall facility, not used to being in a freestall barn, with people they had never seen, and had just ridden for three hours in a tractor trailer in the rain,” said Bobby Geiman, who now owns the cows with his wife Shelly. “These cows had never been in a parlor — they walked in and backed right out. Shelly’s job was to grab the tail and hold the cow in place until the next cow entered. The cows were nervous, and had no idea what was going on. It took us four hours to milk 55 cows, but within three days, they were fine.” [Read more…]

New York farmers drive need for milk donations

CW-DY-2-NY FarmersSponsored by dairy farmers, through American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., the most-highly anticipated annual Butter Sculpture at the 2014 The Great New York State Fair helped drive the need for milk donations to food banks. That solid message of the dire need by food banks for milk donations was visible to the 965,147 fairgoers, and to the nation through traditional and social media coverage. [Read more…]

Susquehanna County 4-Hers excel at PA State Junior Dairy Show

CE-MR-2-Susquehanna CountyThirty-five Susquehanna County Dairy 4-Hers recently traveled to the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to compete at the PA State Junior Dairy Show. Participants qualified for the State Show by exhibiting and receiving a blue ribbon at the District Dairy Show. Susquehanna County was well represented, and did an excellent job competing against other 4-H Dairy members from across the state.

Once again, Susquehanna County was very proud to have three 4-Hers exhibit State Champions. [Read more…]

Crawford County ram, Ohio ewe win Junior Show Supremes at the Keystone International Livestock Expos

CW-TM-2-Crawford County 1cHarrisburg, PA — Derek Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County, PA, exhibited the Southdown named Supreme Champion Ram, while Travis Johnson of Minerva, Ohio, led the Border Leicester named Supreme Champion Ewe during the Junior Breeding Sheep Show, on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center.

Wilson and Johnson were each presented with a $200 check sponsored by EMM Sales & Service Inc., Brownstown, Lancaster County. [Read more…]

Spring Flight Farm

CW-MR-1-Spring Flight2814by Sally Colby

John and Jacqueline Chotkowski, of Spring Flight Farm in Elmira, NY, have plenty to do with a herd of 160 to 180 cattle, but recently took time to exhibit some of their best Highland Cattle at the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE) in Harrisburg, PA.

The Spring Flight herd includes both purebred Highland and purebred Angus. “We use a Highland bull on our Angus cows,” said Jacqueline, who is past president of the American Highland Cattle Association. “Angus are brood cattle — they’re used to being with people. Our Angus cattle see us every day so they aren’t wild.” Jacqueline noted that because the gene for horns is recessive, nearly all of the crossbred calves are polled. “We also get hybrid vigor,” she said. “We have faster meat production but not so fast that we’re taking animals at 12 or 14 months.” [Read more…]