CRESTON, Ohio — No farmer should have to go through one barn fire, let alone two, but that is just one of the challenges Virgil and Lois Gasser have faced during their 37 years in the dairy business. Just one week before the annual Wayne County Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour, Gasser lost a barn […]
Shearing for 24 hours straight, Doug Rathke, 48, of Minnesota, sheared 607 sheep and Gavin McKerrow, 60, of Wisconsin, sheared 487 sheep.
ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]
DENVER — An eastern Ohio beef operation was named a regional winner of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, held the week of July 17 in Denver, Colo. Richard and Jayne Young of Young’s Cattle Company in Belmont, Ohio, were nominated by the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and […]
Organic farming increasing, even in down economy.
COAL CENTER, Pa. — For Paul Salansky of Coal Center, Pa., raising Angus cattle is more than just a hobby or a pastime. It’s all about faith, family and friendly competition.
The Harrison County fair ended its yearly run with nice sunny weather and higher sale prices this year. The sale garnered $12,672.76 more than the 2008 Junior Fair livestock sale. One of the biggest price increases was found in the steer sale ring. The grand champion steer earned $5.50 per pound compared to last year […]
COLUMBUS — Angus enthusiasts showed 103 entries at the 2009 Ohio Angus Association Preview and Junior Preview Show, June 28, in Columbus. Steve Patton, Frankfort, Ind., evaluated the seven steers, eight cow-calf pairs, 11 bulls, and 83 females. An additional three bulls and three females were exhibited in only the open show. S S C […]
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Holstein Association USA board of directors held its summer meeting June 26-27 in Sacramento, Calif. and awards those who are striving to improve the Holstein breed. Young breeder award. Honors were abound at the convention with two brothers earning the Holstein Association USA’s 2009 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders award. Jan and […]
PROSPECT, Pa. — The Northwest Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the annual Keystone Junior Beef Classic May 23 and 24. Exhibitors came from Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania to compete for prizes. Breeds included Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental and cross-bred. Overall, 129 breeding stock and 92 steers were shown by 127 youth. […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — Learn the best ways to manage manure, use it on your land and know if you’re doing it right at Ohio State University’s 2009 Manure Science Review.
NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Members of Common Ground Church Community in North Lima, Ohio, have the opportunity to begin their Sunday mornings a bit differently than most churchgoers — by watering and weeding in the church’s adjoining greenhouses and gardens.
Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Trumbull County Fair.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This year’s unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that’s wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Often, farmers have reported they know the hay they are baling is wetter than they’d […]
MADISON, Wis. — With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important, according a new report released June 25. The report, produced by Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading global investment banks, in collaboration with […]
By KAREN L. KIRSCH Contributing writer STOW, Ohio — Daniel Ryan of Stow, Ohio, is not your average guy on the street. The former horticulturist at Hale Farm and Village in Bath sometimes found himself called upon to harness and drive the farm’s team of Belgian draft horses and even the oxen. Little did Ryan […]
COLUMBUS — The 2009 Grand National Ayrshire Sale was one to go down in breed history. Iowa Ayrshire breeders are known to do everything in style, and this sale was no exception. Consignments from across the U.S. and Canada congregated in Dubuque, Iowa, for the sale June 19. In spite of trying economic times, the […]
ANDOVER, Ohio — Hail is believed to be the culprit behind widespread crop damage in an area an estimated 3 miles wide and 6 miles long in Ashtabula County. Weather report The storm began in the late afternoon July 25 between 4 and 5 p.m. but the toll won’t be completely known for at least […]
SALEM, Ohio — The fourth week in June was an exciting one for livestock producers and agricultural organizations across the state of Ohio. Within a week, two similar bills, H.J.R. 2 and S.J.R. 6, were introduced and passed through the House of Representatives and Senate.
They spoke Japanese, German, Portuguese, English and Danish, but the universal language of individuals on the World Jersey Cattle Bureau tour of U.S. farms was the Jersey dairy cow.