From the Miss Milk Maid Contest to the Dairy Princess Coronation

CEWM-MR-3-DairyPrincess3by Steve Wagner

A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]

The Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit

CW-MR-2-TacticalMount554by Bill and Mary Weaver

A tall, well-trained horse on police patrol can command respect, maneuver in dense conditions and control crowds in ways not possible without the use of the horse. Careful, thorough training is necessary, however, before a horse can be faced with potentially volatile situations. How the Pennsylvania State Police accomplish that training is interesting and instructive. [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…]