Judging the best of the best

CEW-MR-2-JUDGING-AADS_09931by Steve Wagner

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…]

Feeding Holstein beef

CN-MR-1-Feeding-Holstein91by Mary and Bill Weaver

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…]

Penn State’s new student industry tour highlights agriculture’s diversity

CM-MR-2-PENN-ST-DAIRY-TOUR-011For 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…]

Pumpkins a highlight at Danny Cassell’s farm

CM-MR-2-CASSELL-PUMPKIN_31by Karl H. Kazaks

GLADESBORO, VA – Danny Cassell has been farming since he was big enough to walk behind the cabbage setter. He bought his first tractor in 1976. Today he is a fulltime farmer and has been for eight years, growing mainly pumpkins and sweet corn but also collards, kale, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. [Read more…]

Heat stress impacts on dairy cow reproduction

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast may not be the hottest region in the country, yet it has seen an increasing amount of hot days, where the temperature-humidity index (THI) rises above 72 points, the level at which thermal neutrality is breeched and dairy cows begin to be negatively impacted by heat stress. Climate change predictions for the region indicate that an increase in the amount of days where a heat stress event occurs, as well as an increase in the duration and intensity of such events, is all but inevitable. [Read more…]