Posted: December 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm
By News Editor
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.
The annual $1,000 DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-high school education. A person may receive the scholarship only once, and must meet the following requirements for consideration.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:
· Be a member of DCHA, or the son, daughter or legal dependent of a DCHA member
· Have completed at least one year of post-high school education
· Be attending an accredited college or university
· Be enrolled in a field of agriculture (e.g., food science, horticulture, animal/veterinary science, agricultural technical course, ag communications, etc.) or in a course of study with relevance to agriculture
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team was hard at working making sure everything ran smoothly for the Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop. Two of the team members I spoke with are (l-r) Rebecca White and Virginia Ishler.
Virginia says the workshop was born out of conversations about how to do more educational programs for the feed industry. She says they used to have a “road show” that included multiple stops around the state and after some years these developed quite a following. They grew so big that it was decided to just conduct one program at a central location. This year the attendance was over 600!
Rebecca says the workshop has a variety of types of programs like the pre-conference symposium sponsored by Prince Agri Products. These educational sessions, trade show and networking opportunities make it a great place to be.
Posted: November 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm
By Jamie Johansen
The animated Dairy REAL Seal Character finally has a name. After a nationwide vote, the cartoon character who is helping to build awareness of the advantages of real dairy foods has been named DairyUS. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) made the announcement today during their annual meeting.
The character was modeled after the iconic REAL Seal logo and will help educate a new generation of consumers about the difference between genuine U.S. dairy products and imitations. The icon is part of an effort to revitalize the seal, which was created in the 1970s and is already used on more than 10,000 food products.
NMPF asked the public to suggest names for the character last summer, using the REAL® Seal website and new REAL® Seal Facebook page. Three finalists were selected from among more than 100 names submitted. An online vote was held from mid-September through Election Day, November 5.
In all, nearly 800 votes were cast. DairyUS, suggested by Kathryn in Clermont, Iowa, received 379 votes. The runner-up, Milkdrop, received 343 votes, while the third finalist, Roscow, received 74 votes. The results of the vote were announced today at the NMPF annual meeting, being held in Phoenix, Arizona.
“DairyUS will help both kids and adults learn about foods made with real dairy products,” said NMPF Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern. “The REAL® Seal not only means a product is a real dairy product, but that it is made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms and without imported, imitation or substitute ingredients.”
The pre-conference symposium of the Penn State Dairy Cow Nutrition Workshop is underway in Grantville, PA. We have four speakers here this morning and I’ll be interviewing them during and after this session. I’ll also be interviewing other workshop representatives and we’re going to learn a lot more about Prince Agri Products which is making my coverage here today possible.
There are nearly 600 people in attendance this year from at least 7 countries. It is a packed house for this opening session.
Posted: September 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm
By News Editor
Congratulations to the six recipients of the Student Leader Scholarships, awarded by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania Board of Directors.
The scholarships provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. Funds for the scholarships are made possible through contributions to the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation’s scholarship fund. The recipients of the scholarship include:
Hannah Bachman, a senior studying agribusiness management and agriculture economics, sociology and education at the Pennsylvania State University. Hannah’s parents are Mark and Melanie Bachman, from Ulysses, Potter County, and she is planning to return to work in the family’s artisan cheese business.
Isaac Haagen, a junior studying animal science at the Pennsylvania State University. Isaac is the son of Stephen and Sandra Haagen, who live in Howard, Centre County. Isaac helps on his family’s registered Holstein dairy operation and plans to complete a master’s degree program in animal science before pursuing a career in genetics.
Kayla Romberger, a junior studying livestock science and management at Delaware Valley College. She is the daughter of William and Kathy Romberger, who have a farm supply business in Pitman, Schuylkill County. Kayla’s internship with Nationwide Agribusiness sparked an interest in either agriculture education or agriculture finance.
Roxanne Seltzer, a senior studying dairy science and communications/public relations at Virginia Tech. Roxanne’s parents are Dennis and Nancy Seltzer from Selinsgrove, Snyder County. Roxanne recently completed an internship with Pfizer Animal Health and would like to eventually work in the agricultural communications industry.
Corbin Wood, a senior studying building construction and management with an emphasis in agriculture at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Corbin’s parents are Steve and Chrissy Wood from Littlestown, Adams County. Corbin’s future plans include returning to his home farm, Penn Gate, to expand the business and take advantage of agritourism opportunities in that area.
Ryan Zimmerman, a freshman studying dairy science at Virginia Tech and the son of Kathy Zimmerman in Littlestown, Adams County. Ryan graduated 12 out of 162 students in his high school and is completing his first year at Virginia Tech. He would like to pursue a career in either cattle genetics or consumer education.
Persons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Fred Stout Experience awards.
The awards are presented annually in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.
Two awards will be offered: (1) a minimum 10-week summer marketing internship with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and (2) a minimum 10-week on-farm, customized internship in Jersey herd management. Financial support is provided by a permanent endowment created by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout.
Applicants must have completed their high school education. To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing previous work experience, skills and other qualifications, plus a separate cover letter stating your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. The letter must also explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit in achieving future goals. A summary of involvement with and interest in Registered Jersey cattle is required. Specify which experience (marketing internship, on-farm internship) is preferred, or indicate if you are interested in both opportunities.
Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 2, 2013 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school students interested in pursuing careers in the dairy industry can benefit from a new dairy focused curriculum called “Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow.”This curriculum offers dairy business and herd management education to high school students interested in pursuing dairy careers. Developed by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program can be completed in a classroom setting or independently online.
Students and educators are invited to participate in the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow learning opportunity, designed to prepare students specifically to work in dairy production or agribusiness careers. First developed in 2012, four lessons from the curriculum were successfully piloted in 20 different high schools across Pennsylvania during the 2012/13 academic year.
Courses offered in the fall of 2013 include dairy farm business management, introduction to the dairy industry, ruminant anatomy and nutrition, and dairy herd health. Industry-recognized certifications are available to students upon completion of the coursework. The coursework could also be used to garner articulation agreements for post-secondary institutions.
Mooofins are the winner of the Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition, created by the student team from Pennsylvania State University.
The team created a novel dairy-based, quiche-like muffin that targets adult consumers seeking a high-protein, on-the-go breakfast item. Mooofins were designed to come in a variety of flavors, including blueberry sausage, maple bacon Cheddar and bell pepper mushroom, and are an excellent source of protein and calcium. Dairy ingredients, including cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, whey and nonfat dried milk comprised 70 percent of the total ingredients
The competition challenged college students to develop a dairy-based product using the latest advancements in product development. The top three student teams are being honored at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meeting in Indianapolis this week.
Other winners are teams from Iowa State University and Ohio State University. The ISU team placed second for DayBreakers, an American version of gulabjamun, a fried Indian food. The French toast stick-shaped food product is made with milk protein concentrate and nonfat dried milk. The OSU team created Whey-Go, a microwaveable, easy-to-eat product containing fat-free milk, low-fat American and Swiss cheese, whey protein and unsalted butter.
Hosts of the 2014 The 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit have announced the 2014 event will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 – 13.
Hosted annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, the annual summit brings in more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts for two days of learning and networking.
Among the new program elements is the “Pennsylvania Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Competition,” which will give Pennsylvania dairy producers and other crop growers the opportunity to submit their corn silage, haylage and cool season grass samples to compete for monetary prizes.
Six categories will be judged in the forage analysis competition: conventional corn silage, BMR corn silage, perennial legume silage, mixed perennial silage (alfalfa and/or clover with grass), cool season annual silage (small grains and/or annual ryegrass), and forage sorghum silage. Class sponsors for each category are currently being solicited, with a top prize of $1,000 available in each class. Those who participate in the contest will also receive free forage analyses for their samples from Cumberland Valley Analytic Services.
Sponsorship information for the Forage Analysis Competition is available now. However, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the full Pennsylvania Dairy Summit will not be available until July.
Register now for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, July 23-24, in Portland, Maine. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, July 16.
This year’s program provides information and skills necessary to strengthen milk quality programs and increase dairy profitability around the globe. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to network with individuals who share the common interest of quality milk production.
The two-day conference starts off with specialized short courses on Tuesday, July 23. Short course topics to choose from include: Robotic milking: Planning for new facilities and evaluating current installations, NMC systems evaluation: Dynamic vs. static testing – let’s milk cows!, The role of the microbiology laboratory in mastitis control, and Advanced milking concepts and diagnostics.
The main program will be held on Wednesday, July 24 and includes eight speakers covering topics ranging from a look at Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci to a discussion about common issues that impact milkability and cow behavior in the parlor and treatment decisions for milking and dry cows. The program on Wednesday will run from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration limit for the general session.
A new field day, a Dairy Day, will be held June 20, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center. The free event is open to all farmers. Lunch will be served, courtesy of field day sponsors: Schreiber Foods, Main Street Feeds, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Midwest Dairy Association and Legacy Farm & Lawn.
The program offers sound, research-based farm management practices, says Tony Rickard, Cassville, MU Extension dairy specialist.
The information applies to conventional or grazing dairies, large or small, Rickard adds. Topics cover forage, rations, economics and breeding. There will be talks and field tours. Farmers who have trouble making quality hay in a season of frequent rains can pick up tips on baleage from Rob Kallenbach, MU Extension forage specialist.
Joe Horner, dairy economist with the MU Commercial Agriculture Program, will tell four things shared by profitable dairy farms. Scott Poock, DVM with MU Extension, will tell protocols used for success and applying breeding research on synchronized artificial insemination.
Details are available from Rickard at 417-847-3161 or email@example.com
Six dairy calf and heifer raisers have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) Merck Animal Health Leadership Program.
Now in its fifth year, the program is designed to help provide future leaders in the dairy industry with professional training and the opportunity to develop valuable business and leadership skills.
This year’s leadership program includes two 4-hour training sessions involving class members and the DCHA board. The first took place during the 2013 DCHA Conference and featured an effective behavior and communications skills workshop taught by Don Walker, national account manager for Merck Animal Health. The second training program will be held in October during World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Class members also will have the opportunity to serve on a DCHA committee during the year, applying their leadership skills and gaining dairy industry connections essential for future leadership success.
The following class members, representing several types of dairy calf and heifer businesses, have been chosen to participate in the 2013 program.
· Pamela (PJ) Barnes, the co-owner of the Maple Knoll Farm in Lawrenceville, Pa., milks 200 cows and raises 250 calves and heifers.
· Cali Edler, from Winslow, Ill., is a calf and heifer manager for Cam-Cal-Kar Dairy Farms and Godfrey Farms. She manages six employees who raise more than 2,000 dairy heifers.
· T.J. McClure is the general business manager for Circle Heifer Development, LLC, in Garden City, Kan. He manages seven employees who raise 6,500 Holstein heifers.
· Andrea Radke-Rynes, from Hawk High Dairy in Norwalk, Wis., co-manages her family’s 20-year-old dairy, which milks 500 cows and raises more than 500 calves and heifers.
·Jenny Siemers is the herd manager for her family’s fifth-generation dairy farm in Newton, Wis. She oversees the daily operations of the 2,500 cow, heifer and calf facility.
· Kitty Waggoner, the owner of Kiss ‘Em All Dairy, in Pendleton, S.C., raises more than 40 Holstein and Jersey calves and heifers and is the sole manager of the operation.
The scholarships are offered to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. In 2012, seven qualified applicants received the scholarship.
Consideration for this scholarship will be given to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a qualifying field of study such as dairy and animal science; agriculture marketing and business; nutrition; food science; agricultural and extension education; agri-business management; agricultural engineering; or related fields.
Students may apply for and receive the scholarship in subsequent years. Selection of the scholarship winners will be made by a joint committee of the Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation board of directors. Decisions will be based on the completed application within the following criteria: academic performance; apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry; evidence of leadership, character and integrity; and application compliance.
First Lady Michelle Obama has launched Let’s Move! Active Schools – an unprecedented collaboration to bring physical activity back to America’s schools.
The program provides simple steps and tools to help schools create active environments where students get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Mrs. Obama called on school staff, families and communities to work together to reach an ambitious goal of engaging 50,000 schools in this program over the next five years.
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are the managing organizations guiding the development and implementation of the program.
Funding and other resources for Let’s Move! Active Schools are being kick-started by NIKE, Inc., the GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente, and the General Mills Foundation, the inaugural sponsor of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education will continue to support both physical and nutrition education in schools by realigning its $80 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program (“PEP”) to prioritize schools most in need and support applicants with plans to maximize their reach by building cost effective, sustainable programs.
Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids have teamed up in the Share Breakfast effort to provide breakfasts to kids who might otherwise go without. Help them reach the goal of sharing 1 million breakfasts to kids across the U.S. by sharing a social media message.
Research shows that kids who eat breakfast generally have more energy and focus for learning, yet one in five go without this important start to the day. That’s why we’ve designed the Kellogg’s Share Breakfast™ program — to reach the goal of helping share 1 million breakfasts with kids who need them.
Just share our mission through social media and we’ll donate money to help Action for Healthy Kids increase participation in the national School Breakfast Program.
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm
By Jamie Johansen
Award-winning book, Prancing, Dancing Lily, can now be found world-wide as a multi-platform app. The heartwarming story about an Ayrshire cow determined to hoof and groove around the globe, was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by John Manders. App developers and author have teamed up with interactive media publisher, Fat Red Couch.
“The Fat Red Couch team provided years of experience in storytelling and are a delight to work with,” says Ms. Arnold. “We persevered in our search for the perfect app just as Lily persevered in her search for the perfect dance, and just like Lily, we had a great time on the journey. Lily’s story will delight anyone who’s ever felt different from the herd. Children can interact with Lily as they read or listen to the story and enjoy playing puzzles.”
Download Prancing, Dancing Lily on iTunes, Android, and Amazon for $1.99. For a preview of the app, visit Vimeo. To learn more about Lily and author Marsha Diane Arnold, please visit www.prancingdancinglily.com. To learn more about Fat Red Couch, a member of the collaborative group of family-friendly app developers Moms With Apps, visit www.fatredcouch.com.
Posted: February 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm
By News Editor
The ninth annual Midwest Dairy Challenge, which ran February 6-8, 2013, attracted 79 students from 19 universities and colleges to the event hosted in Manitowoc, Wis., by Lakeshore Technical College.
Dairy Challenge is an innovative dairy analysis competition developed by industry and university professionals, which exposes students to opportunities in a vibrant dairy industry. Working in five-person, mixed-university teams, students at the Midwest Dairy Challenge assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges and participating farm families.
This year’s contest drew students from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Dordt College, Fox Valley Technical College, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Lakeshore Technical College, Michigan State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, Southwest Technical College, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.
Students visited one of two dairies for on-farm analysis. Host Farm 1 was Soaring Eagle Dairy, Newton, Wis., owned by Jim and Sandie Fitzgerald and daughters Kelly, Julie and Stacy, while Farm 2 was Meadowbrook Dairy, Manitowoc, Wis., owned by the Pete and Shellie Kappelman family.
After farm visits, the student teams developed questions for herd owners, who then answered questions about their farming operations from all students and judges. Armed with detailed production and financial paperwork, as well as their own observations, the participants developed a presentation including recommendations to improve profitability.
Judges chose two teams as 1st place winners, Team Select Sires from Farm 1 and Team Virtus Nutrition from Farm 2. Individuals on the winning Team Select Sires were Ben Thorpe, University of Minnesota; Samantha Mamarow, Michigan State University; Alaina VanWesten, Northeast Iowa Community College; Trisha Blaser, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Sara McCullough, Purdue University. Individuals on Team Virtus Nutrition included Jordan Hanson, Iowa State University; Vernon Oostra, Dordt College; Dillan Schumacher, Northeast Iowa Community College; Nick Miles, Lakeshore Technical College; and Katie Haerr, University of Illinois.
Posted: January 10, 2013 at 8:47 am
By News Editor
A variety of dairy management-focused breakout sessions will be offered during the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, scheduled for Feb. 6 – 7 at the Lancaster Host Resort in Lancaster, Pa. The breakouts will offer a mix of dairy planning discussions and hands-on dairy herd management insight.
On Wednesday, February 6, breakouts will be part of the “Core Dairy Management Track” and will focus on dairy herd management topics. The four breakouts offered Wednesday include:
· “Workplace Compliance and Developing Standard Operating Procedures” by Mary Kraft of Badger Creek Farm, Inc., and Ridge Dairy LLC, Colorado;
· “Managing Mastitis and Achieving Higher Milk Quality Goals” by Dr. Pamela Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
· “Using Genomics in a Commercial Dairy Herd” by Steve Bodart of Lookout Ridge Consulting and Lloyd Holterman of Rosy-Lane Holsteins; and
· A panel on “Complying with Increasing Environmental Regulations” with Tim Kurtz, a dairy producer; Peter Hughes, Red Barn Consulting; and Marcus Kohl, PA Department of Environmental Protection.
New this year, the second day’s program will include a “Core Planning Track,” with breakout sessions that complement the first day’s “Core Dairy Track” breakout sessions. Both days will be packed with meaningful insight that producers and managers can take back and quickly apply to their operations.
The deadline to register is January 30, 2013.
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and Merck Animal Health remain committed to the development of the next generation of dairy leaders through their sponsorship of the fifth Merck Animal Health Leadership Program.
Custom dairy calf and heifer raisers and dairy producers who raise their own calves and heifers are eligible to apply for this 12-month program. Six class members and two alternates will be selected based on their dairy industry and community involvement, in addition to their interest in the dairy calf and heifer industry. Applicants do not need to be a DCHA member to apply. The complete leadership program criteria and application are available on the DCHA website. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 30, 2013.
“The program offers an outstanding opportunity for dairy calf and heifer raisers to sharpen their business skills, network within the industry and become more involved in DCHA,” says the organization’s president Darin Mann. “Many of our former program participants have gone on to take leadership roles within their communities and even within our own organization.”
Six program participants will receive valuable hands-on training in such areas as working with the media, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. They also will serve on a DCHA committee and have opportunities to meet and interact with fellow calf and heifer raisers, as well as industry leaders and experts from across the country. In addition to training, participants will receive all-expenses-paid travel to the 2013 DCHA Conference in Lancaster, Pa., and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Posted: December 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
By Jamie Johansen
During the opening remarks from Dr. Pease Lyons at the 2012 Global 500, he compared farmers and ranchers to heros. Such a true statement.
I took the opportunity to meet one of Alltech’s Dairy Heroes featured at this year’s Global 500. Meet Carl Chaney, dairy farmer and ice cream entrepreneur. Carl’s story is inspirational. Farming is in his blood and sharing his story is his passion.
Carl and his wife knew they had to come up with some way to pay the bills when they downsized their dairy herd and it just so happened that ice cream was the answer. They opened Chaney’s Dairy Barn after Carl learned how to make ice cream. They now have a full service restaurant and travel the state educating the consumer about milk and dairy products.
“The farm started in 1888 when my great great great grandfather starting farming. My dad started milking cows in 1940. He started with two Jersey cows. He paid $125 for the both of them. One was a grand champion cow and the other reserve. Well, I guarantee you times have changed.”