Hay and pasture conferences planned
A series of three Hay and Pasture Conferences will be held in mid-January in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Dates and locations include:
• Delmarva Hay & Pasture Mini-Conference, Jan. 17, 6-9 p.m., and Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Del;
• Southern Maryland Hay & Pasture Conference, Jan. 19, 8:45 a.m. – 3:40 p.m., Izaak Walton League Outdoor Education Center, Waldorf, Md;
Tri-State Hay & Pasture Conference, Jan. 20, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fire Hall, Salisbury, Pa.
Hay growers, dairy, livestock and horse owners, as well as those who work with these producers, are invited. Attention will also be given to new developments in grasses.
Dr. Darrell Emmick, retired state grazing lands management specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York, will be one of the featured speakers.
Taking grass to the next level – new developments and concepts will be the topic of Tim Fritz, forage agronomist/owner/manager, King’s AgriSeeds, Inc., Ronks, Pa.
For more information or to obtain the complete program agenda and registration materials, visit http://www.mdforages.umd.edu/UpcomingEvents.htm.
Wisconsin dairy tour priority registration deadline near
Dec. 31 is the deadline for priority seating for the Penn State Dairy Alliance/Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania dairy tour to Wisconsin, set for April 4-7.
Tour stops will include:
• Koepke Farms, Inc.
• Crave Brothers Dairy and Farmstead Cheese
• Rosy-Lane Holsteins, LLC
• Vir-Clar Farms
• Rosendale Dairy
• So Fine Bovines, LLC
• Knigge Farms, LLC
Dinner speakers are Shelly Mayer, executive director, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and Laurie Fischer, executive director, Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin. Tours will also include the Urban Farm Community Food Center, a historic two-acre site that is the last remaining farm and greenhouse operation in Milwaukee, where individuals learn how to grow, market, and distribute their own food.
For additional tour information and registration information, visit http://www.pdmp.org/11DairyTour.htm.
Penn State Dairy Alliance Friday Facilitator Forum webinar series
December’s Penn State Dairy Alliance Friday Facilitator Forum webinar series featured “Managing Information for the Team,” presented by Dr. Lisa Holden, associate professor, Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science. Recordings from past Friday Facilitator Forum sessions, as well as information about all upcoming sessions, can be found at http://www.das.psu.edu/dairy-alliance/education/forum.
Pennsylvania Dairy Summit planned
The 2011 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will be held Feb. 2-3, in Lancaster, Pa. For a brochure and registration information, visit www.padairysummit.org. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-326-5993.
December Dairy Digest available online
Penn State’s December 2010 Dairy Digest is now online at http://www.das.psu.edu/dairydigest
In this issue:
A study of calf milk pasteurization on six farms in central Pennsylvania
Data regarding antibiotics in dairy products and meat has been monitored and of concern for many years, but recently government agencies, medical personnel, and consumers have place much more interest in this public health issue.
Field surveys show that more than 50% of cows will experience one or more metabolic or infectious disease process following calving.
Manure nutrients, a valuable commodity in the past, are becoming an unwanted pollutant. The primary concern is with nitrogen and phosphorus which, through run-off and leaching of manure-amended soils, find their ways into ground and surface water.
High milk quality is a product of management and not treatment.
Host of educational programs for dairy producers, their employees and consultants coming this spring
For a pdf of this issue, go to http://www.das.psu.edu/research-extension/dairy/dairy-digest/pdf/dairydigest.pdf
PMMB maintains over-order premium
The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) will maintain the current $2.15/cwt. over-order premium for Class I milk paid to Pennsylvania producers for the six-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2011. PMMB will also keep in place its current premium price add-on for fuel costs.
‘Mastering the Dairy Business’ conference calls set
Three “Mastering the Dairy Business” conference calls have been scheduled to provide insight into planning for 2011. The calls focus on dairy markets, business planning and Livestock Gross Margin insurance for Dairy. All calls will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. Dates and topics include:
• Dec. 22: “What Markets Are Telling Us About Tomorrow,” with Phil Plourd and Bill Curley, Blimling & Associates
• Jan. 13: “Thinking Like a ’Chief Financial Office’ on the Dairy,” with Dr. Michael Boehlje, Purdue University
• Jan. 27: “How the New LGM for Dairy Fits on Your Dairy,” with Gene Gantz, RMA, and Alan Zepp, CDE
Dairy farmers to lead Farm Bureau
Two dairy farmers were reelected to lead the New York Farm Bureau during the organization’s annual meeting recently.
Dean Norton, a dairy farmer and agricultural consultant from Elba, N.Y., was re-elected as president. Norton’s family also manages a custom trucking operation for forage and commodity harvesting. Norton is a senior agriculture consultant for Freed, Maxick & Battaglia, in Batavia, N.Y.
Eric Ooms, a dairy farmer from Old Chatham, N.Y. was re-elected as vice president. He owns and operates a 425-cow dairy farm with his father and brothers.