Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work

CW-MR-49-1-PATH-TO-PROFITABILITYby Tamara Scully

The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

An old breed performs on grass

CM-MR-41-2-STOLFOLTZby Sally Colby

Jonas and Judy Stoltzfus’ 70-acre central Pennsylvania farm included enough acreage for beef cattle, so they decided to purchase some Angus x Charolais heifers to feed out. Several of those heifers were pregnant, and one turned out to be an exceptional producer that produced winning calves for their children’s 4-H projects.

A neighbor told them about the Limousin breed, and Jonas was impressed with the overall appearance of their herd bull. [Read more…]

Minerals and management factors that impact forage quality

CM-MR-37-3-Minerals-and-management0650USEby Steve Wagner

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines holds a Master’s Degree in ruminant nutrition, a PhD in large animal veterinary science and another doctorate in Immunology, and for two days moved among us at the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) Cooperative Regional Agronomics School. (CROPP is known for their Organic Valley® label).

Soil health is Albel-Caines passion. “I like to make the connection between the health of the soil, the quality of the grass, and how the cow gets healthy as she eats what is intended for her nature,” said Abel-Caines, who places equal value on human nutrition. [Read more…]

Cowside diagnostics

by Sally Colby

Veterinarian Trent Lartz believes that cattlemen can do a lot of their own diagnostic work, and what they observe and record will help their herd veterinarian do a better job for them.

“What’s the number one diagnostic tool?” asked Lartz. “It’s the thermometer. It tells us a lot about what’s going on.”

Lartz says the normal body temperature of mature cattle ranges between 100.4 and 102.8; depending on time of year. [Read more…]