The Woodbury FFA chapter located at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT will be sending 11 state-winning CDE judging teams later in October to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Because the Woodbury FFA members won first place in 11 different state FFA judging contests during the past school year, there are 47 students from the Woodbury chapter who will attend the 87th National FFA Convention. [Read more…]
On Sept. 19, 2014, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut held a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Program. The extension service is a joint state-federal program enacted by Congress in 1914 to disseminate knowledge to the agricultural community to better their awareness of the latest in agricultural information. The legislation was known as the Smith-Lever Act, and it provides funding for outreach endeavors at the Land Grant Universities through the Cooperative Extension System. [Read more…]
Large numbers of pet deaths in 2005 and again in 2007 prompted recalls of dog food that contained high levels of corn mycotoxins — potent poisons produced by molds. Mycotoxins are a major health hazard to livestock, pets and people.
What’s a farmer to do, when, under certain weather conditions, some mycotoxins will be produced, even in field corn that is still growing in the field? This is particularly a problem in the southeastern U.S., but also in the Midwest and elsewhere. [Read more…]
Immediately after morning milking, a New Jersey dairy herd was loaded into a tractor-trailer, bound for a farm in Pennsylvania. That evening proved to be memorable.
“We had 55 cows that had come out of a tie stall facility, not used to being in a freestall barn, with people they had never seen, and had just ridden for three hours in a tractor trailer in the rain,” said Bobby Geiman, who now owns the cows with his wife Shelly. “These cows had never been in a parlor — they walked in and backed right out. Shelly’s job was to grab the tail and hold the cow in place until the next cow entered. The cows were nervous, and had no idea what was going on. It took us four hours to milk 55 cows, but within three days, they were fine.” [Read more…]
Sponsored by dairy farmers, through American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., the most-highly anticipated annual Butter Sculpture at the 2014 The Great New York State Fair helped drive the need for milk donations to food banks. That solid message of the dire need by food banks for milk donations was visible to the 965,147 fairgoers, and to the nation through traditional and social media coverage. [Read more…]
Thirty-five Susquehanna County Dairy 4-Hers recently traveled to the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to compete at the PA State Junior Dairy Show. Participants qualified for the State Show by exhibiting and receiving a blue ribbon at the District Dairy Show. Susquehanna County was well represented, and did an excellent job competing against other 4-H Dairy members from across the state.
Once again, Susquehanna County was very proud to have three 4-Hers exhibit State Champions. [Read more…]
Harrisburg, PA — Derek Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County, PA, exhibited the Southdown named Supreme Champion Ram, while Travis Johnson of Minerva, Ohio, led the Border Leicester named Supreme Champion Ewe during the Junior Breeding Sheep Show, on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center.
Wilson and Johnson were each presented with a $200 check sponsored by EMM Sales & Service Inc., Brownstown, Lancaster County. [Read more…]
John and Jacqueline Chotkowski, of Spring Flight Farm in Elmira, NY, have plenty to do with a herd of 160 to 180 cattle, but recently took time to exhibit some of their best Highland Cattle at the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE) in Harrisburg, PA.
The Spring Flight herd includes both purebred Highland and purebred Angus. “We use a Highland bull on our Angus cows,” said Jacqueline, who is past president of the American Highland Cattle Association. “Angus are brood cattle — they’re used to being with people. Our Angus cattle see us every day so they aren’t wild.” Jacqueline noted that because the gene for horns is recessive, nearly all of the crossbred calves are polled. “We also get hybrid vigor,” she said. “We have faster meat production but not so fast that we’re taking animals at 12 or 14 months.” [Read more…]