MADISON, WI — The dynamic duo Ken Main and Peter Vail of Elite Dairy — home of Cutting Edge Genetics — received multiple honors during the International Brown Swiss Show on Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo. Topping the outstanding performance for Main and Vail was Eloc Wagor Kandid, the winning Aged Cow and eventual Senior and Grand Champion. Kandid received the Udder Comfort $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award. Elite Dairy also exhibited the Intermediate Champion and was named Premier Exhibitor of the show. Reserve Grand and Reserve Senior Champion was Brown Heaven Glenn Fantasy, owned by Brown Heaven of Verchères, Quebec. [Read more…]
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…]
A tall, well-trained horse on police patrol can command respect, maneuver in dense conditions and control crowds in ways not possible without the use of the horse. Careful, thorough training is necessary, however, before a horse can be faced with potentially volatile situations. How the Pennsylvania State Police accomplish that training is interesting and instructive. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]