That’s entertainment

CDM-MR-2-THATS-ENTERTAINMENT_0421by Steve Wagner

It seems like every year the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation is less pageant and more entertainment. Don’t misunderstand. All of the pageant trimmings are there – tiaras, gowns, milk toasts, and a plethora of pageant and princess photographs from yesteryear. Those pictures festoon the Radisson Hotel lobby in Harrisburg with a room dedicated to scrapbooks of princessiana off the lobby. There is singing, acting, recitation, a bit of light footwork that passes for dancing on occasion only because there isn’t any real room for it onstage. To top it all off there is Kirk Sattazahn, the pageant’s perennial emcee, a genial humorist whose jokes always deliver. When the judging gets to the ‘push comes to shove’ stage, the judges are faced with assessing stage ability – speeches, radio commercials, Mary Poppins ‘selling’ milk (this year), and a host of thespian-related abilities. But exactly what is a dairy princess? According to the 59th Pageant program guide, she is many things. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Results

CDM-MR-2-PA-DAIRY-PRINCESS_84251Savannah, the daughter of George and Lori Zanic, won the presentation contest and received honorable mention in the dairy promotion knowledge, radio spot, scrapbook and speech competitions.

A senior at Huntingdon Area High School, Savannah is president of the Standing Stone FFA Chapter, secretary of the National Honor Society chapter and plays varsity volleyball. She milks cows and helps feed calves on a 160-cow dairy. Savannah enjoys scrapbooking, helping the dairy promotion team educate the community about the dairy industry, and showing her cows at the Huntingdon County Fair. [Read more…]

Jim and Sam Dobson use wisdom of the past to thrive in the market of today

CM-MR-2-SAM-DOBSON_1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

CENTRAL SCHOOL, NC — “We’ve just gone back in time,” said Sam Dobson, describing the change his family’s dairy has gone through in becoming organic.

“We’re working ground again, cultivating, using a higher seed population,” he said, of the strategies he and his father Jim are using to control weed pressure in the crop fields. “The cool thing is, we had the equipment on hand. That’s what I grew up doing.” [Read more…]

Dairy herd management and methane production

by Tamara Scully

Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]

Keeping up with the Veterinary Feed Directive ~ Part One: why do we need this?

by Sally Colby

Consumers are more aware and concerned about the use of antibiotics in livestock than ever before, and some of those concerns are valid.

Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, says that many factors led to the veterinary feed directive or VFD; a topic of much discussion lately among livestock producers.

“It all started back in the 1960s with the concerns about the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock,” said Apley. “There have been numerous reports and studies through that time, waxing and waning, and interest continues to build now.” [Read more…]