Whole farm nutrient balance

CW-MR-1-Nutrient-Balance11What is whole farm nutrient balance?

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…]

Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CEW-MR-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

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…]

American Dairy Association & Dairy Council District 5 reports steady sales in fluid milk

CE-MR-2-ADADC11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“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…]

Starting out young

CE-MR-2-AADS-Wrights72771by Sally Colby

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…]

Penn State beef students roundup support for Beef Industry issues in DC

CDM-RP-1-PENN-ST-CAPITOL-011by Daniel M. Kniffen Ph.D.    

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.
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