From the Miss Milk Maid Contest to the Dairy Princess Coronation

CEWM-MR-3-DairyPrincess3by Steve Wagner

A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]

It’s all in the numbers: highest attendance ever at Big E

CN-MR-2-AttendanceBigE2by Laura Rodley

In its 98th year, attendance at the Big E this year broke all previous attendance records, with a final tally of 1,498, 605 people. On Saturday, Sept. 27 alone, 170,612 people attended the fair in Springfield MA — the highest attendance ever recorded on a single day, according to Catherine Pappas, communications manager. Other attendance records at the fair were broken as well, with opening day reaching 71, 019 attendees, 89,068 on the second Wednesday and 95,866 on the last Friday. [Read more…]

The Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit

CW-MR-2-TacticalMount554by Bill and Mary Weaver

A tall, well-trained horse on police patrol can command respect, maneuver in dense conditions and control crowds in ways not possible without the use of the horse. Careful, thorough training is necessary, however, before a horse can be faced with potentially volatile situations. How the Pennsylvania State Police accomplish that training is interesting and instructive. [Read more…]

Taking manure spills seriously

CWMN-MR-3-Manure Spills3473by Sally Colby

A manure spill, no matter where it occurs, is more than an ‘oops’. There are serious consequences if manure spills are not handled promptly and properly.

Manure spills related to manure hauling and spreading can occur due to operator error, equipment failure or an accident. No matter what the circumstances, it’s imperative that the operator knows what to do, and is prepared to take immediate and appropriate action. [Read more…]

Year-round nutrition begins with bunker filling

C4-MR-2-Bunker filling2959by Sally Colby

For farmers who are serious about producing a nutrition-packed crop that will sustain the herd for optimum production, the year starts with crop planning and seed selection. After planting, it’s mostly a waiting game until harvest.

When kernels reach about 80 percent milk, begin sampling the plant for moisture content. Whole plant moisture level between 65 and 70 percent is ideal. When moisture content exceeds 70 percent, silage juices seep from the bunker, which means loss of soluble nutrients and feed value. Conversely, silage that is harvested too dry presents packing challenges, and excess oxygen that can result in undesirable heating and mold development. [Read more…]