Posted: January 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm
By News Editor
The Hilmar Cheese Co. will be building a milk powder processing plant in Turlock, Calif.
Construction will begin this summer. The facility is expected to open during summer of 2015 and will enable the company to enter the powdered milk market.
“We are expanding our ingredients business to meet strong global demand for milk powders,” said John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese’s chief executive officer and president. “The U.S. dairy industry, and specifically California, is well positioned to be a consistent supplier to the world.”
About 50 tanker trucks filled with milk are expected to roll into the Turlock facility every day. Jeter said the Turlock facility will produce milk powders designed to be a primary source of nutrition for developing nations.
Source: Modesto Bee
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm
By News Editor
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $25.5 million to Heifer International to expand its East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project – a program designed to assist small scale farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to “profitably participate in the growing dairy industry.”
Read the entire article here.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm
By News Editor
Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year’s Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15.
The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry.
Dairies receiving the highest scores in each of 10 Pennsylvania districts will be awarded an 18-inch-by-24-inch Dairy of Distinction sign to display in front of their farm.
Judges will look for clean and attractively finished buildings; neat landscaping, ditches, roads and lanes; and well-maintained fences. They also will take into account other aspects of the farm, such as manure management and cleanliness of animals, the barnyard and feed areas.
Source: Wayne Independent
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 10:10 am
By Jamie Johansen
Expo exhibitors, dairy producers, academic staff and dairy organizations are encouraged to nominate people who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and excellence with their farming operation or the industry for the 2014 World Dairy Expo Person of the Year award. You have until February 15 to make your nominations.
Individuals will be honored at the Dinner with the Stars during World Dairy Expo on Wednesday, October 1, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Tickets for this gala celebration, honoring the accomplishments of these four international dairy leaders, will be available for purchase at a later date.
Award areas include:
The Dairy Woman and Dairyman of the Year – Presented to individuals who are active dairy producers and whose primary source of income is derived from their dairy operation. Her/his farming operation needs to demonstrate and excel in the breeding of quality animals and efficient production. Progressive management practices, along with involvement in community, government activities, breed organizations and other aspects of the dairy industry will also be considered.
The Industry Person of the Year – Recognizes an individual for excellence in research, development, education, marketing or other fields that are part of the dairy industry.
The International Person of the Year – Is honored for significantly contributing to international relations, business development, trade or cooperation in the dairy industry.
Official applications and lists of previous winners are available on the Expo website. Applications may also be requested from World Dairy Expo office by calling 608-224-6455 or via email at email@example.com.
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 10:57 am
By Jamie Johansen
The World Dairy Expo is ready to announce the official slate of 16 dairy cattle judges for the 2014 event. These experts will evaluate over 2,500 head of North America’s dairy cattle during the five-day show.
Exhibitors work year-round to prepare their livestock for the opportunity to compete at this level. Awards are given out to the best in eight breeds and the coveted ultimate Supreme Champion. The event takes place September 30 – October 4th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.
The 2014 World Dairy Expo judges are as follows:
International Ayrshire Show
Lead Judge: David Wallace, Beloit, Wis.
Associate Judge: Gary Bowers, Coaticook, Quebec
International Brown Swiss Show
Lead Judge: Eric Topp, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Associate Judge: Sherry Smith, Glenford, Ohio
International Guernsey Show
Lead Judge: Dale Chupp, Inola, Okla.
Associate Judge: Robert Yeoman, Dover, Okla.
International Holstein Show
Lead Judge: Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wis.
Associate Judge: Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.
International Junior Holstein Show
Lead Judge: Molly Sloan, Columbus, Wis.
Associate Judge: Roger Turner, Sun Prairie, Wis.
International Jersey Show
Lead Judge: Nathan Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio
Associate Judge: Jeff Brown, Jackson Center, Ohio
International Milking Shorthorn Show
Lead Judge: Michael Heath, Westminster, Md.
Associate Judge: Jack Lomeo, Jr., Lowville, N.Y.
International Red & White Show
Lead Judge: Callum McKinven, Canton de Hatley, Quebec
Associate Judge: David Crack, Jr., Richmond, Quebec
As many know the World Dairy Expo is recognized as the largest dairy-focused event in the world. This year’s theme is “Designer Dairy.” The newest dairy industry innovations and research concepts will be unveiled in the trade show where over 850 companies will be on display. There will also be Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and youth competitions. Visit WorldDairyExpo.com for more info.
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 8:00 am
By Jamie Johansen
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the nine districts up for election on the 2014 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB).
District 1 Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties
District 4 Barron and Polk Counties
District 7 Clark County
District 10 Brown, Door and Kewaunee Counties
District 13 Buffalo, Pierce and Pepin Counties
District 16 Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette Counties
District 19 Columbia and Dodge Counties
District 22 Grant County
District 25 Green, Rock and Walworth Counties
The elections are overseen by DATCP and they want all interested farmers to submit a nomination to represent their district. Nominees must actively sell milk into commercial channels and line in the district up for election.
Info postcards will be sent out later this month to all licensed dairy farms in affected districts. All forms must be submitted by Feb. 21st.
For more information contact Noel Favia at 608-224-5140 or Noel.Favia@wisconsin.gov. You can also visit the WMMB website.
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:26 am
By Jamie Johansen
Dairy producer groups from across the United States have teamed up to urge Farm Bill conferees to oppose Supply Management. The proposal is known as the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP).
A letter signed by numerous dairy farmer associations urges conferees to follow the lead of the House of Representatives, which rejected this controversial new dairy program to impose milk quotas on dairy farmers by more than a two to one margin and replace it with language that allows farmers to participate in a margin insurance program without being required to participate in DMSP.
“It simply is not factual when Representative Peterson states that all dairy farmers want the government to control the milk they produce on their farms through the DMSP. Many dairy farmers from all over the country are aligned and opposed to Supply Management,” said Laurie Fischer, Executive Director of the Dairy Business Association.
The letter reads: “As dairy producers and businesses working in the dairy industry, we ask that you support the dairy title as amended in the House version of the Farm Bill, which excludes the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, also known as Supply Management,”
“We believe this convoluted system is the wrong approach,” the dairy groups continue. “Dairy farmers who take advantage of the margin insurance should not be required to participate in a program that would have the government directly interfere in the milk supply. Limiting the milk supply will discourage further investment and hurt our exports.”
The letter concludes, “We ask you to please work with your fellow conferees to ensure that the final Farm Bill does not include the DMSP, but rather provides a safety net for dairy farmers without Supply Management. A strong majority of the House of Representatives believes this is the right approach for dairy policy and the dairy farmers in the United States hope you will join their leadership in seeing this through to the finish line.”
The complete letter can be found here.
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 9:39 am
By Jamie Johansen
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Would you wear Google Glass?”
Some are still unsure what Google Glass is and even more have no desire to wear them at all. But those techies out there look willing to jump on the bandwagon with Chuck and see how these computers you wear on your face could make work easier or simply life more entertaining. Chuck brought his ZimmGlass with him to AFBF earlier this week and captured a few photos and video interviews. But admits there is a learning curve to master them.
Our poll results:
- Yes – Depending on price – 38%
- Yes – No matter what – 8%
- No – 42%
- What are they? – 12%
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How did the ‘Polar Vortex’ affect you??”
Last week the country faced record lows. Some trudged through heavy snow and blizzard like conditions and others battled ice and freezing rain. Chuck and Cindy even suffered in Florida with temps in the teens. Windchill conditions closed schools and cancelled events. But farmers and ranchers nationwide still had work to do. Even more of a reason to thank a farmer! How did last week’s extreme cold affect you?
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm
By News Editor
Handcraft your Vision: Creating Cheeses of Distinction, a conference for Wisconsin artisan and farmstead cheesemakers, is set for January 28-29 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
During two days of educational workshops and hands-on cheesemaking, attendees will focus on food safety, cheesemaking techniques and lessons learned from veteran artisan cheesemakers. The first day will kick off with a keynote address from Kate Arding, who has worked in the farmstead cheese industry for 20 years. Attendees will also hear “lessons learned” from veteran cheesemaker Anne Topham, of Fantome Farm, and an update on food safety issues from Michelle Farner, UW River-Falls Dairy Plant Manager. The evening will include dinner and tour at a local brewery.
The second day will consist of an all-day cheesemaking session at the UW River-Falls Dairy Plant, led by French Cheesemaker Patrick Anglade, who holds a Master of Cheese Technology at the Milk Industry and Economy University of Rennes, France. He is also the author of the reference book “La fromagerie à la ferme,” or “Farmstead Cheesemaking”. He will lead a session making a cow’s milk French semi-hard tomme cheese.
The conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and UW-River Falls. Cost to attend is $115 per person. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in cheesemaking, and attendance is limited to 30 participants.
Source: Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm
By News Editor
Turkey Hill Dairy has announced four limited edition flavors of Greek frozen yogurt – Baklava, Lemoni Biskoti, Raspberry Chokolata, and Sea Salt Caramel Truffle.
Baklava: Will be offered January through March, and contains vanilla Greek frozen yogurt with crunchy baklava pieces and a honey cinnamon swirl.
Lemoni Biskoti: Will be offered April through June, and includes lemon cream Greek frozen yogurt with a lemon shortbread swirl.
Raspberry Chokolata: Will be offered July through September, and contains raspberry Greek frozen yogurt with chocolaty slivers.
Sea Salt Caramel Truffle: Will be offered October through December, and contains caramel Greek frozen yogurt with sea salted caramel truffles.
Source: Penn Live
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm
By News Editor
USDEC projects another record-breaking year for dairy exports in 2013 and credits manufacturers’ commitment to make the U.S. a reliable global supplier and efforts by industry organizations to expand trade.
The 2013 year-end tally on U.S. dairy exports won’t be known until next month, but given the fact that exports through November were 17 percent higher than all of 2012, it’s destined to be another record-breaking year.
U.S. Dairy Export Council reported Jan. 8 that exports in the first 11 months of 2013 were valued at $6.1 billion and were on pace to approach $6.7 billion for all of 2013. That compares with exports worth $5.2 billion in 2012.
Exports of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder, cheese, high-value whey protein concentrates and isolate, lactose, and fluid milk were all on pace for record highs in 2013. On a volume, 2013 is on track to be the fourth-consecutive record year and the ninth record year in the last 10 years, USDEC reported.
Strong global demand, domestic supply shortages in China and Russia and milk production shortages for major exporter New Zealand resulted in tight global dairy supplies in 2013, and U.S. prices were competitive with those of other exporting countries.
That helped boost exports in 2013 by a projected 30.4 percent in value and 17.5 percent in volume over 2012, representing 15.5 percent of U.S. milk production.
Source: Capital Press
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm
By News Editor
Holstein Association USA applications for the Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, Distinguished Leadership Award and the Rumler Scholarship are now available.
The Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award recognizes significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein Breeders, ages 21 to 40. Applicants can nominate themselves or be nominated, and may apply as individuals, a couple, or business partners. The winning applicant will receive travel and lodging expenses for two to the National Holstein Convention, complimentary tickets to the Convention banquet, a $2,000 cash award, and a plaque.
The Elite Breeder Award honors a living Holstein Association USA member, family, partnership, or corporation who has bred outstanding animals and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of U.S. Registered Holsteins. The applicant must have been a member of Holstein Association USA for at least five years. Applications will be considered for three years.
The Distinguished Leadership Award is given to an individual who has provided outstanding and unselfish leadership that has contributed to the improvement of the Holstein Association and/or dairy industry. This is a unique award, as the recipient does not necessarily have to be a Holstein Association USA member. Applications will be considered for three years.
Additionally, a scholarship is available to students interested in agriculture who plan to pursue their Master’s Degree in Business Administration. The Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship awards $3,000 to a qualified individual pursuing their MBA at an accredited university. Applications for this scholarship are due to the Holstein office by April 15, 2014.
Source: Holstein Association USA, Inc.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm
By Jamie Johansen
North Florida dairy farmers are increasing their use of grazing and hay areas thanks to the hybrid, perennial, warm-season Tifton 85 bermuda grass, tested extensively by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Forage Extension and Research programs.
Yoana Newman, an Extension Forage Specialist with the Agronomy department, described Tifton 85 as a highly nutritious grass that was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than 20 years ago but has become a ‘game changer’ now because of its high quality, greater yields and some environmental advantages.
Newman has been working with farmers and Extension county faculty in North-Central Florida for the last seven years. She said the expansion of Tifton 85 is, in great part, thanks to a UF/IFAS extension program, which advises dairy and beef farmers to make the best environmental and productive use of their lands.
“For IFAS and the University of Florida, this is a true impact,” said Newman. “When you go to the dairies and they tell you, ‘Wow, this grass really makes a difference,’ and you see the planted acreage that was not there seven years ago, it’s clearly the result of the extension program.”
Florida has about 123,000 head of milk cows on two concentrations of dairy farms. Newman said several North Florida dairies supply close to 10 percent of the milk in the Southeastern United States, with Florida milk sales totaling more than $500 million in 2012.
Joey Ricks, the general manager of Alliance Grazing Group based in Trenton, said using Tifton-85 means the difference between his dairy making a profit or just getting by. According to strict environmental guidelines, by using this grass, they can run four and half cows per acre on their 2,000-acre dairy, as opposed to three cows when using regular bahiagrass.
“It allows us to ship 24,000 more pounds of milk per acre, which means 36 million more pounds of milk for the farm, which gives us more than $7.5 million dollars more in revenue a year,” Ricks said.
He added that this grass can grow up to two inches in a day during the summer. It also keeps the cows healthier because it is more nutritious than annual grasses and it reduces mud in the pastures, which keeps the cows cleaner and cuts down significantly on mastitis, a potentially fatal infection of the udder.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm
By Jamie Johansen
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $21 million will be available to create new economic opportunities for New York’s dairy farmers by helping them to produce renewable energy and improve their business operations. The funding will help dairy farmers convert farm waste to energy and develop individualized business and environmental plans to reduce operating costs and increase profitability.
“The State is committed to creating new economic opportunities for our dairy farmers, who have helped make New York the Yogurt Capital of the nation,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding, we are providing significant financial assistance to farmers so they can cut their energy costs, increase efficiencies in their operations, and develop plans to expand their businesses and contribute to cleaner communities. This year, we are also launching a second Yogurt Summit to ensure the state’s dairy industry continues to thrive and grow the Upstate economy.”
John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), said, “The anaerobic digester funding coupled with the Dairy Acceleration Program funding is another step the State is taking, under Governor Cuomo, to assist farmers in reducing their operating costs and in generating clean energy. Farmers that utilize anaerobic digester technology are able to produce renewable energy and lower their costs while providing a number of environmental benefits to their local communities.”
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Governor Cuomo’s continued support has achieved environmentally responsible growth in the dairy industry throughout the state. This collaboration with our partners, including Cornell University, provides farms with the technical expertise they need to help protect New York’s natural resources and open spaces.”
Starting on January 17, $20 million will be available through NYSERDA to install anaerobic digester technology that produces renewable biogas used to produce electricity and heat from organic wastes. Farms, food processing manufacturers or municipal wastewater sites would be eligible for up to $2 million per project.
Funding for the Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) will be increased by $850,000, which is in addition to the $1 million announced by the Governor this past August. DAP is jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and DEC. DAP is resonating very positively with dairy farmers across the state, most with herds under 300 cows. Combined with some funding still available under the current program, this new funding will serve at least 100 more dairy farms across New York.
To apply for DAP, visit.
Posted: January 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm
By Jamie Johansen
Giant Foods and Sciopio Springs Dairy will be showcased during the opening session of the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. The event kicks off February 12th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. These Northeast-based businesses are two of four business showcases that will be part of this year’s event, hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Giant/Martins business is headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and operates nearly 200 grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rick Herring is the president and CEO of Giant Foods and will provide a showcase of the retail business. Herring was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where his family was involved with farming and retail. He has been involved with Giant’s growth from 48 stores to 200 stores, evolving with changes in food retail and technology while keeping a focus on supporting local suppliers, customers and the communities served. In 2013, Giant Foods made headlines when it became the first major retail chain to market its own brand of PA Preferred Milk.
Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan are business partners at Sciopio Springs Dairy, a green field dairy that began in 2002 as a purchase feed operation. In 2009, the dairy started a land holding venture with crop growers and in 2010 the business established a satellite dairy about 100 miles away. Scipio Springs is one of the 29 farms which are a part of the Cayuga Marketing Group. Cayuga Marketing began 20 years ago when farms wanted to work together to better purchase inputs and market milk. The group’s 33,000 cows produce 900 million pounds of milk a year. It is currently building a $100 million milk ingredients plant which will take in 2 million pounds of milk a day, when it is operational in August 2014. Gilbert and Morgan will share an overview of both business ventures.
This year’s summit will feature four tracks to offer insight and info in young entrepreneurship, forage management, high milk production and technology. New this year is the Forage Analysis Competition, with a nutrient analysis of the top three finalists in each category on display, and a special demonstration room that will include hands-on tools to fine tune performance on the dairy farm.
For registration information checkout www.padairysummit.org. Thanks to grants provided by several organizations allow producers to register for only $125. All other registration is $225.
Posted: January 9, 2014 at 8:43 am
By Jamie Johansen
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How is your health insurance for 2014?”
We had a pretty low voter turn out for this ZimmPoll. It may be due to the holidays, but I’m thinking it might be due to confusion. Most people probably still haven’t figured out how their personal health insurance plans will change, if they will change and what it will cost them. I am one of the lucky ones and my insurance won’t be changing.
Our poll results:
- Lower cost, better benefits – 23%
- No change – 23%
- Other-Higher costs, same benefits – 23%
- Higher cost, better benefits – 15%
- Higher cost, less benefits – 8%
- Can’t figure it out yet – 8%
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Would you wear Google Glass?”
Chuck has been flaunting his new toy around quite a bit lately. This toy being Google Glass. I asked when I would be receiving mine, but was quickly informed that because he is part of Google’s beta test, only one is allotted per company. That means I will have to wait along with the rest of the population. Chuck has deemed his the ZimmGlass and has been experimenting with ways he can use it out on the agriblogging highway. Does this new technology have a place in agriculture? Can you see yourself wearing this computer on your face while out in public? Tell us what you think!
Posted: January 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm
By News Editor
The American Butter Institute (ABI) has unveiled a new logo for the association and announced that U.S. butter consumption is at its highest level in 40 years.
Anuja Miner, the Executive Director of ABI, attributed the increase in part to a shift in consumer preferences away from highly processed foods, artificial ingredients and trans fats derived from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began the process of banning trans fats from the American food supply.
“Margarine and other spreads are no longer viewed as healthier alternatives,” she noted, consumers are demanding more pure and natural products. Since 2002, Americans increased their butter intake by 25 percent. In 2012, per capita consumption reached 5.6 pounds a year, up from a low point of 4.1 pounds in 1997.
Source: American Butter Institute
Posted: January 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
By News Editor
Twenty-two Jersey youth between the ages of 9 and 20 from 10 states have been recognized by the American Jersey Cattle Association as the owners of the Junior All American winners for 2013.
SW Splendor Luna, Steven T. Wetmore, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Junior All American winner
Harmony Corners Socrates 11086-ET, Trent Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill., Reserve Junior All American winner
Junior Two-Year-Old Cow
DKG Motion Oreo, Grace Hageman, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Graybill Harvey Cybil, Ethan Graybill, Freeport, Ill., Reserve Junior All American winner
Senior Two-Year-Old Cow
Four-Hills 1st Blue 3241-ET, Megan Hill, Bristol, Vt., Junior All American winner
Kilgus Governor Maid, Trent Kilgus, Reserve Junior All American winner
Junior Three-Year-Old Cow
Payneside GG Got Milk, Ben Sauder, Tremont, Ill., Junior All American winner
Norse Star Tequila Shotski, Grant Fremstad, Westby, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner
Senior Three-Year-Old Cow
SAR Governor Merry, Tyler French, Newberry, S.C., Junior All American winner
Ahlem Action Winsome 33421, Trent Kilgus, Reserve Junior All American winner
Ratliff Sultan Velvet, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Harmony Corners Fozzy-ET, Jacob Morgan, Urbana, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Willdina Jade Bee, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Family Hill Comerica Flame-ET, Jody Williams, McConnelsville, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Lyon Duke Dutchy, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Tallys Centurion Tilly, Tabb French, Newberry, S.C., Reserve Junior All American winner
Junior Heifer Calf
DKG Motion Blinky, Trevor Greiwe, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Ryans Louie Polly, Janelle Renee Remington, Juneau, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner
Intermediate Heifer Calf
Miss Nastias Tequila Nutcracker-ET, Gracie Jane Krahn, Albany, Ore., Junior All American winner
M-Signature Nevada Epic, Katelyn R. Taylor, Allenwood, Penna., Reserve Junior All American winner
Senior Heifer Calf
DKG Vindication Passion, Garret Hageman, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Miss Triple-T Sure Bet, Kyle McGuire, West Liberty, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Summer Junior Yearling
Bolle-Acres Fire Erin, Drew Bollenbacher, Argos, Ind., Junior All American winner
Tower Vue Lil Whiskey, Mason Mazzaro, Williamsfield, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Junior Yearling Heifer
DKG Jade Wild Plum, Blake Greiwe, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
J-Kay Tequila Marcy, Matthew Richards, Urbana, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Winter Yearling Heifer
Payneside Red Solo Cup, Morgan Betti, Goshen, Conn., Junior All American winner
DKG Tequila Coffee, Lane Greiwe, Quincy, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner
Source: All American Junior Jersey Show
Posted: January 3, 2014 at 10:05 am
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your traditional Christmas dinner?”
Our poll results:
· Other – 30%
· Ham – 28%
· Turkey – 22%
· Roast Beef – 11%
· Lobster – 5%
· Wild Game – 5%
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How is your health insurance for 2014?”
The Zimmermans are still figuring out their health insurance coverage for 2014. Their plan, which was not very good, was increased significantly due to Obamacare. So they found another plan that is still more expensive but has way better coverage. Meanwhile, they are still working on coverage for their daughters in Missouri, since the insurance they had for them was supposedly increased in cost but they never even received a notice from the company and are up in the air right now. What about you?
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Posted: January 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm
By News Editor
Check out the 2014 Pa. Farm Show Butter Sculpture! What an amazing creation!
A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the show’s iconic milkshake served by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.
The sculpture, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, takes its cue from the number one song in 1954, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and features a family enjoying a delicious milkshake while watching a cow couple “shake.”
Agriculture Secretary George Greig unveiled the sculpture along with Berks County dairy farmer and president of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Lolly Lesher, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Executive Director Dave Smith, Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess Lu-Anne Antisdel and sculptor Jim Victor.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, together with the Valley Grange #1360 from Lewisberry, serves 140,000 of the vanilla, chocolate and mixed milkshakes each year in the show’s famous Food Court and Food Court Annex. Proceeds benefit scholarships, youth programs and agricultural education programs across the state.
Crafted by Jim Victor of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, the butter sculpture creation begins in mid-December and is finished in time for the Farm Show. Victor also creates sculptures using chocolate and cheese.
At the close of the show, the butter, donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County, will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. The butter will be put through a digester and converted to about 65 kilowatt hours of electricity to help operate the farm.
Source: Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association