Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

New vaccine for Johne’s disease

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Researchers are making progress in the fight against Johne’s disease. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently developed a vaccine that prevents this contagious and often fatal bacterial infection.

Dexters: Small cattle with big potential

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.

Pennsylvania FFA: From trash to tractor

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It started with an ad on eBay. Someone in Pymatuning, Pa., was getting rid of a rusted, broken-down 1937 Farmall F12 and at $535, Kenny and Brandon Ball thought it was a pretty good deal. The father-son team liked to restore antique tractors and they thought that parts from the F12 could be used on one of their current projects. It was 2001 when they bought the tractor and took it to their New Castle, Pa., home. Brandon was only 9 years old.

Calling for the crown

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There was an anxious buzz in the air at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. Nov. 18. In a small room at the back of the building, 28 auctioneers crowded together, each one waiting for his chance to take the auction block.

How big is your carbon footprint?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

These days, it’s all about being green. From our water bottles to our vehicles, Americans look for products that are kind to the environment, promote conservation and create sustainability.

Jefferson Co. SWCD celebrates a good year

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — Eight years ago, Eugene Battlochi decided to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion on his Ross Township farm in Jefferson County. He turned to local conservation agencies for help and since then, the beef farmer has installed fencing, water systems, an access road and livestock use protection area to safeguard environmentally […]

Dandelions deliver a promising future

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — As talk of alternative sources for natural rubber bounces around Ohio, scientists in the Buckeye State are looking toward a type of dandelion to change the face of the rubber industry. The Russian dandelion, or Taraxacum kok-saghyz, is native to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, but researchers at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development […]

Don’t get burned: Make fire safety a priority

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Every year, hundreds of barns around the country go up in smoke. In many cases, hay, straw, machinery and livestock are also lost in these fiery tragedies. But the good news is that nearly all barn fires are preventable. “The only fire you cannot prevent is arson,” said Laurie Loveman, an officer […]

Ag Encounter

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hundreds of fourth graders swarmed through the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Oct. 7-8 to get a glimpse of how agriculture affects everything from their shoes to their snacks.

Calves attacked on Pa. farm

Thursday, October 9, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Three newborn Holstein calves have been skinned alive at a farm in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. During the past several weeks, farmer Lou Diamond has reported three separate attacks on the animals at his Masontown, Pa., dairy farm. The attacks began during the night of Sept. 21, with three calves being skinned over […]


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About Janelle

Former reporter Janelle Skrinjar wrote for Farm and Dairy from 2005 to 2009.