“I never wanted sheep that were mainstream,” said Julia Delpino owner of Oz Farm in Needmore, PA. “If everyone has them, what’s the advantage? I’ve always believed that being a bit different was good for business.” [Read more…]
Practices such as double cropping and cover cropping can boost yields, improve soil quality and provide a longer grazing season for cattle, but high nitrate levels in forages can lead to serious illness, and in some cases, death.
Warm season crops that accumulate nitrogen include corn, sorghums, millet, sudangrass, sorghum sudangrass and sunflower. [Read more…]
LOUISVILLE, KY — More than 900 Junior Hereford cattle exhibitors from 38 states and Canada traveled to Louisville to show Herefords and compete in 23 skilled competitions at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). Nearly 1,300 animals were exhibited in the largest junior national show of any breed. [Read more…]
At a time when many dairy farms are tentatively waiting out the plague of low milk prices and holding off on decisions, one family is planning their next move.
Harrison Hartman says that his grandfather’s 30-cow dairy in the 1960s was the basis for Scattered Acres, a family dairy farm which includes four properties in Berks and Lancaster counties. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — Logging 558 miles round-trip is the farthest that David and Gretchen Van Echo have driven for goat showing. But the experience proved worthwhile for their daughter, Cheyenne, 13, who took home loads of awards and experience showing eight of the family’s goats. [Read more…]
by Hope Holland
Four young Maryland women were in the race for Maryland’s Holstein Dairy Princess in 2017. On July 12 the winner was announced. Sydnie Grossnickle of Frederick County was the winner and the runner up is Jordyn Griffen of Carroll County. All of the contestants had excellent qualifications for the position which included a history of activity in the dairy industry, 4-H and FFA as well as having strong ties with their local communities. All four of the contestants were well-suited to the position of Maryland Holstein Dairy Queen and the race was tight. [Read more…]
Farmers who use late-model, fuel-powered equipment for farm work might not think it’s “progressive” to use a team of horses or mules for pulling a brand-new field mower. But for those who rely on horses or mules for power in the field, there’s been a lot of progress. [Read more…]
Agricultural producers are exposed to loud noises in their work environment on a daily basis. Gradual hearing loss is common during the aging process, but noise-induced hearing loss can occur at any age. Noise-induced hearing loss is a result of exposure to high-intensity noise without proper hearing protection. [Read more…]