On April 5 and 6, 170 youth from New England, New York and Pennsylvania gathered at Cowtown Holsteins in Derby Line, VT to take part in this year’s Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit. Seventy-five adults also attended. The Vermont Holstein Association puts together a program that instructs the youth in the areas of calf selection, proper feeding, clipping for the shows, showmanship, proper transportation, choosing equipment and judging. They also Continue reading
by Karl H. Kazaks
MEBANE, NC — In the past 25 years, North Carolina’s dairy community has undergone a transformation which mirrors that of the industry nationwide: larger herd sizes on fewer total farms.
In the Old North State, the number of dairies has dropped from over 1100 to about 300. Even with bigger herds and better production, total fluid milk output in the state has decreased — all while the human population has increased by almost 50 percent, to just about 10 million.
Witness to that change — as well as to the dramatic decline in the number of dairies in his home county, Orange — has been Jeff Sykes. Continue reading
by Sally Colby
Joy Widerman is busy. She’s a wife, a mother and a herdsman for JoBo Holsteins, her family’s 1,000 head dairy farm in Gettysburg, PA. So when Owen Weikert, Region 3 organizational director for Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, encouraged Widerman to apply for the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Achievement Award toward the end of last summer, Widerman didn’t think she had time to meet the deadline.
by Jennifer Showalter
ROANOKE, VA — The 67th Annual Virginia State Feed Association and Nutritional Management “Cow” College recently drew around 120 people from up and down the east coast and as far west as Saint Louis to the Hotel Roanoke for three days of informative discussions and presentations.
The Virginia State Feed Association and the Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science worked hard to organize a conference that featured topics of interest to nutritionists, feed mill managers, and progressive dairy producers. Those in attendance learned about animal nutrition, feed grain markets, risk management strategies for grain and milk, and issues in Washington, D.C.
As in years past, Henry Graves, a soybean meal trader for Bunge, gave an update on the global supply and demand of grains and oil seeds. “In 2011 and 2012, South and North America droughts resulted in the most dramatically tight food stocks situation in modern agriculture,” said Graves. He mentioned that low world supplies of wheat will not allow it to be pushed into feed rations as it was last year. Continue reading