Developing a grassed waterway

CEW-MR-3-Grassed waterw#1C0by Sally Colby

Soil and water are among any farm’s most valuable resources, but the two don’t always make the ideal combination. Water in the form of runoff is a powerful force, and can remove significant amounts of soil from agricultural land. To solve the problem of runoff and to protect soil, water can be effectively diverted to a desirable location by means of grassed waterways. [Read more…]

Southwest Virginia Cattleman wins another World Predator Calling Championship

CM-MR-3-GROSECLOSEby Karl H. Kazaks

DUBLIN, VA — Jason Groseclose spends most of his time tending to his family’s cattle herd, spread across farms in Pulaski, Bland and Smyth Counties in southwest Virginia. But occasionally he travels beyond this corner of the Old Dominion to compete in predator calling competitions. He’s so accomplished at this skill that he has become a pro staff member for MFK Game Calls. [Read more…]

Mastitis: are vaccines the answer?

by Tamara Scully

The Penn State Mastits and Milk Quality Conference featured speakers and researchers from several universities, and emphasized the need for a multi-faceted approach to manage mastitis. Addressing mastitis means focusing on prevention, identifying the organism responsible, taking steps to stop infection and appropriately treating cases of infection based on their etiology.

“Our ultimate goal is to prevent infection,” Gina Pighetti, Ph.D, of the University of Tennessee, said. [Read more…]

Deconstructing lameness in dairy cows

C4-MR-2-LAMENESSPart 1: hoof anatomy and how lameness happens

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ernest Hovingh, extension veterinarian, Penn State University, echoes what dairy farmers already know:  that lameness in dairy cattle is an important problem in the industry. In addition to affecting reproduction, milk production and overall health, lameness is a true animal welfare issue that must be addressed. [Read more…]

Wickwire Angus closes in on 50 years of breeding Wye-derived Angus

CM-MR-3-Wickwire Angus 2by Karl H. Kazaks

BULL CREEK, NC — Here in the mountains of western North Carolina, near his childhood home, David Freeman raises purebred Angus.

He spent some decades away, working in Northern Virginia as an engineer for Norfolk Southern, building the Angus herd he established in 1965.

The time away provided Freeman with many opportunities. Most importantly, in terms of his career as a cattleman, it gave him the chance to learn from Jim Lingle and Jim Reid of Wye Plantation. [Read more…]