Tips for maintaining low mycotoxin levels

CM-MR-4-Mycotoxin1074by Bill and Mary Weaver

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…]

Growing quality from within

CM-MR-3-RAS2880by Sally Colby

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…]

New York farmers drive need for milk donations

CW-DY-2-NY FarmersSponsored 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…]

Susquehanna County 4-Hers excel at PA State Junior Dairy Show

CE-MR-2-Susquehanna CountyThirty-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…]