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…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, over 150 people descended on Shenandoah Valley Simmentals for Lisa Zirkle’s eighth annual production sale. The Shenandoah’s Shining Stars Bull Sale featured 71 bulls and 5 females, almost entirely purebreds from the herd Zirkle has developed since the mid-1970’s, along with some SimAngusTM. Buyers from a half a dozen states were in attendance, with buyers as far away as the Great Plains participating in the video auction. [Read more…]