Nutrient management is a process of planning for manure and fertilizer applications to individual crop fields. Whereas whole farm nutrient balance considers the location and flow of nutrients onto, within and off the entire farm. Whole farm nutrient balance involves taking a step back and also comparing the amount of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and other nutrients entering the farm as purchased feed, fertilizer, animals etc. with the amount of nutrients leaving the farm as milk, animals, crops, manure exports to other farms, etc. Such a comparison can help in determining the economic and environmental impacts of nutrient management on dairy and livestock farms. [Read more…]
Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
“This is the first year in 40 years that there has not been a decline in fluid milk sales,” reported District 5 State Director Terri Phillips at the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council (ADADC) annual banquet and meeting.
Phillips, who has held the position of State Director for three years, commented that all of the State directors on the board of the ADADC are farmers and understand the “trials and tribulations” that farmers face daily. [Read more…]
Two young girls arrived with their parents and other extended family at the All-American Dairy Show held recently in Harrisburg, PA, and knew they’d be spending a lot of time working hard to prepare cattle for the show. The young girls, 11-year old Madisyn Wright and her 9-year old sister Bailey, were with their parents Nicole and John Wright, who farm in Dekalb Junction, NY. [Read more…]
Eight students of Penn State’s Department of Animal Science Advanced Beef Production course traveled to our nation’s capital to speak with industry representatives and meet with legislators and their staff, Sept. 27th- 29th. The intense two-day trip was designed to help students understand the issues within the beef industry and observe the legislative process as they met with congressional delegations to explain the issues.
The 2015 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Jason Johnson of Woodstock, VT, during the Supreme Champion Ceremony at World Dairy Expo on Saturday, Oct. 3. This annual award is presented by the “Whitie” Thomson family to a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout World Dairy Expo. [Read more…]
The Big E is a major sleight of hand in organizing. During the week, each set of animals are led in, judged, and then moved out so the next set can move in.
In the sheep department over 800 meat sheep were judged from Friday to Tuesday, according to Nancy Miniter who mans the sheep desk. After much pondering and discussion by the judges, the winner of Supreme Champion Ram was Evan Syme of South Windsor, CT, with a Polled Dorset lamb out of the champions of every breed that had won over the last few days. After the meat sheep breeds and their owners moved out, the wool sheep moved in. [Read more…]
The Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) presented its 4th annual Farmstead Fair on the grounds of the Tolland County Agricultural Center on RT 20 in Vernon, CT recently. This organization’s goal is to create shared, inclusive living experience for individuals with and without developmental disabilities. [Read more…]