Community and family define the life of Elisha Iager

CM-MS-MR-2-Familyby Hope Holland

Effort, dedication and family come naturally to Elisha Iager of Woodbine, MD, and have been a part of her life since very early in her adolescence.

Young Elisha took her riding lessons from her mom and grandfather. They served her well locally in both the Southern Maryland and the Maryland Quarter Horse Association Youth classes. She still credits her mother and her grandfather for her understanding of horses and riding which have played such a large part in her current life. [Read more…]

Hereford cattleman Wayne Campbell

CM-MR-2-WayneC1aby Karl H. Kazaks

ABINGDON, VA — “I’ve always had a Hereford calf since I was a child,” said Wayne Campbell, gazing at some of the 100 or more Hereford cows which now form the backbone of his cattle operation.

“I like the calmness of Herefords,” he said. “As you get older you need something you can work by yourself out there. The only time I’ve got help is when doing pregnancy checks.”

In addition to his cow-calf herd, Campbell keeps about 80 stockers, bringing the total count of his cattle to around 280, “about all one man can handle.” [Read more…]

From the Miss Milk Maid Contest to the Dairy Princess Coronation

CEWM-MR-3-DairyPrincess3by Steve Wagner

A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]

Taking manure spills seriously

CWMN-MR-3-Manure Spills3473by Sally Colby

A manure spill, no matter where it occurs, is more than an ‘oops’. There are serious consequences if manure spills are not handled promptly and properly.

Manure spills related to manure hauling and spreading can occur due to operator error, equipment failure or an accident. No matter what the circumstances, it’s imperative that the operator knows what to do, and is prepared to take immediate and appropriate action. [Read more…]

Year-round nutrition begins with bunker filling

C4-MR-2-Bunker filling2959by Sally Colby

For farmers who are serious about producing a nutrition-packed crop that will sustain the herd for optimum production, the year starts with crop planning and seed selection. After planting, it’s mostly a waiting game until harvest.

When kernels reach about 80 percent milk, begin sampling the plant for moisture content. Whole plant moisture level between 65 and 70 percent is ideal. When moisture content exceeds 70 percent, silage juices seep from the bunker, which means loss of soluble nutrients and feed value. Conversely, silage that is harvested too dry presents packing challenges, and excess oxygen that can result in undesirable heating and mold development. [Read more…]