Judy Chambers made it clear at the outset that when she references local governments she is talking about boroughs and townships rather than counties. Chambers, degreed from Northwestern University and Penn State, is now with the Penn State Extension, and was one of the breakout speakers at the PA Farm Bureau’s 66th annual meeting. Before getting underway, she took an informal survey — a show of hands — of who among the attendees was an elected official, an appointed official, or a recovering elected official. [Read more…]
At Recombinetics, a company which specializes in genetic modifications, including that of livestock, naturally hornless — or polled — Holsteins are one of the selected traits which they’ve been able to produce via gene editing techniques.
Dehorning cattle is going to become one of the primary issues facing the dairy and beef industry in the near future, Dr. Jen Burton, veterinarian for Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, predicted last year. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers who have good calf care protocol are likely to raise more heifer calves to maturity that go on to become productive herd members. But raising calves can be tricky, and they often become ill without warning.
Dr. Michael Ballou, nutritional biologist at Texas Tech University, states a fact that every dairy farmer knows: calves are the future of the herd. “What you do for calves will have a long-term impact on that animal’s productivity later in life.” [Read more…]
Winter is here, and snow and ice become an inevitable part of farming. Since the most significant snowstorms occur in January, February and early March, there’s still time to prepare for the season. [Read more…]
Jean Lonie is a U.S. Honorary Ambassador for the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program, an agriculture marketing and communications concern. She has worked for a variety of organizations across the U.S., including non-profit producer groups, farm media, the animal health sector, as well as positions in state government and education. [Read more…]
In recent years cover crops have gained in popularity. Cover crops improve nutrient cycling in the soil, improve water infiltration, attract pollinators and aid erosion control and weed management. However, organic producers have limited options for terminating these crops once they are established. Herbicides are not an option. Producers following no-till practices often find that mowing is marginally successful in terminating some cover crops. [Read more…]
Shakespeare, who said pretty much everything worth writing down, wrote that, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” Dr. Michael Odian has become rather an expert at following the bard’s advice. If he does not have an actual fortune it could be because he has 13 horses — draft horses at that. We all count in different currencies. [Read more…]
There was near euphoria at the PDMP Fall Issues Forum held in Lancaster, PA two days after the Presidential election as Alan Novak, executive director of the Professional Dairy Managers of PA, speculated on what the new incoming administration might be able to do for commonwealth dairymen. Hopefully an easing of onerous EPA regulatory over-reach, under the previous administration, would be one of the first nightmares to bite the dust. [Read more…]