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…]
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…]
For 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…]
During this year’s Ag Progress Days, one of the many safety demonstrations put on for those in attendance was a simulated rescue of an accident victim from a minivan. Two volunteer rescue companies, Millheim and Miles Twp., along with PSU EMS, outlined the steps and procedures needed to extract a victim safely and without causing further injury. [Read more…]
Soil health has become a focus by astute farm managers, with a growing interest throughout the farming communities across the nation and the world. In view of this fact, a Soil Health Field Day, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, USDA NRCS, and the Watershed Agricultural Council — with funding from a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and cooperation from Seedway, LLC and King’s Agriseeds Inc., took place at NYS Ag and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball’s Schoharie Valley Farm on Sept. 3. [Read more…]
SAUQUOIT, NY — Cattle farmers from central New York welcomed a rare opportunity to network and get a hands-on talk from an expert on Aug. 21 at Good Time Farm.
A group of about 30 beef producers attended an early evening presentation by Dr. Mike Baker, PhD, PAS, of Cornell University at the invitation of Good Time owner Marylynn Collins, who is a specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. [Read more…]
Insiders call it High Path AI. Yet, if it is high path, why hasn’t avian flu yet reached Pennsylvania? That was the question I put to PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding prior to his chairing of a town hall style seminar titled Preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza [HPAI] at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. “It is H5N2,” Redding said. “What we know at this point is that it does not like hot weather. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — As fairgoers pushed their way through the turn-styles on Sept. 1 at The Great New York State Fair, their nostrils were immediately filled with the grilling smells of onions, spices and ground beef wafting from the Chevy Court pavilion. Yes, Virginia, it’s the 20th anniversary of Beef Day. [Read more…]