2016 National Holstein Convention Sale ranks highest averaging in history

CF4-CFPP-HOLD-FOR-ARTICLE-2016-National-Holstein9by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

2016’s National Holstein Convention, held this year at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, brought phenomenal results.

According to Patsy Gifford, Executive Manager New York Holstein Association, the “New York Charm ~ City to Farm” sale was “the highest averaging in history, with an average of $24,965 on 74 lots with a gross of $1.8 million.” [Read more…]

Local dairy royalty crowns new princess

Recently the Chautauqua County dairy community passed their promotional torch yet again, as 2015-2016 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Madison Woodis, of Dewittville, NY crowned a new Dairy Princess, Joyce Wiltsie of Frewsburg, NY. This event was held at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, and was attended by a small crowd of the local dairy industry’s distinguished representatives. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Pageant is an annual event, held in conjunction with the national June Dairy Month celebrations. [Read more…]

Striving for excellence at Stone Mill Dairy

CE-MR-3-Stone-Mill-Dairy11by Christopher Wren

EARLVILLE, NY — Stone Mill Dairy sits on 200 acres of lush pastures just outside the town of Hamilton, NY. The 100-percent grassfed organic dairy operation is owned by David and Michelle Stratton.

The farm dates back to the early 1800s, with records of a minister being ordained in the barn in 1814. The current farmhouse was built using beams that were most likely sourced from the church that once stood on the property. [Read more…]

An old breed performs on grass

CM-MR-41-2-STOLFOLTZby Sally Colby

Jonas and Judy Stoltzfus’ 70-acre central Pennsylvania farm included enough acreage for beef cattle, so they decided to purchase some Angus x Charolais heifers to feed out. Several of those heifers were pregnant, and one turned out to be an exceptional producer that produced winning calves for their children’s 4-H projects.

A neighbor told them about the Limousin breed, and Jonas was impressed with the overall appearance of their herd bull. [Read more…]