300 YEARS OF HAYMAKING TO BE FEATURED AT PASTO AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Antique horse-powered hay-making equipment will be demonstrated at the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.
These demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 16, are part of the museum’s featured exhibit titled, “300 Years of Haymaking in Pennsylvania, 1640 – 1940, From Seed to Feed.”
Field demonstrations both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature horses pulling a mower, tedder, dump rake, side-delivery rake and hay wagon with a mechanical hay loader. Of special interest will be a demonstration of the long-gone practice of putting loose hay into a miniature barn with a horse-powered hay fork and overhead track.
Finally, a 1905 Panama horse-powered hay press will be operated. This always-popular attraction was first shown at Ag Progress Days in 2000 and again in 2004. It’s back again to anchor the “300 Years of Haymaking” program.
Japan finds banned U.S. beef in ham, turkey shipment
Drovers ALert from Drovers Journal,com
Japan rejected a single box of U.S. roast beef that was mistakenly included in a shipment of pork and turkey, an incident that USDA officials say will not interfere with resumption of beef exports to Tokyo. A single 15-pound box of sliced roast beef was discovered on July 11 in a larger shipment that contained about 1,223 cases of frozen sliced turkey breast and frozen sliced ham.
Senate Ag Committee to take its time writing next farm bill
by Peter Shinn
Keith Williams, Communications Director for the Senate Ag Committee, said Wednesday that hearings on the 2007 farm bill are just beginning, and Senators won’t begin writing the next farm bill until summer of next year. Williams said many more farm bill hearings, both in the field and in Washington D.C., will take place between now and then.
Facts About the Bull Semen Industry
MSN Money / Associated Press
(AP) – _ Five companies do 95 percent of the collecting and distributing of bull semen in the U.S. They are Wisconsin-based ABS Global, Alta Genetics, Cooperative Resources International and Accelerated Genetics, and Plain City, Ohio-based Select Sires Inc.
US to lower mad cow surveillance program – source
WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – The United States Agriculture Department will announce on Thursday plans to scale down its mad cow surveillance program, a source briefed by the department told Reuters.
Senate Stands Up for Agriculture: Manure NOT a Superfund Material
Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2006) – Bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate are rallying in support of legislation confirming Congress never intended for America’s farmers and ranchers to be subject to 1980s Superfund laws established to address extreme toxic waste sites. The Senate legislation reaffirms that the original Superfund laws, titled Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), do not apply to natural animal waste on farms and ranches.
Lightning wipes out herd of cattle
By Robin Bass
Spencer Magnet (KY)
Lightning killed 40 head of cattle in Little Mount after a severe storm swept through the county last Friday night – wiping out nearly a third of one local farmer’s livestock.
“I was raised up on a farm, but this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Alton Humphrey, who lost a total of 38 cows and two bulls to the storm. “If you had to buy back those cows it would cost you $40,000.”
National Junior Angus Leaders Elected In Indianapolis
Junior Angus members from coast-to-coast and all regions between gathered July 9-15 in Indianapolis, Ind., for the annual meeting of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). The meeting is held in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show each year.
Voting delegates elected six new directors to the NJAA board, and new officers, beginning their second year of their two-year term, were announced at the awards ceremony, Friday, July 14.
Pasture to Plate Program Helps Producers Improve Their Herds
UPTON, Ky. — Inside Upton’s livestock center, a small group of men weighed and graded a group of cattle before sending them on to a feedlot out West, where they will continue to be monitored for their Hardin County producers.
The cattle are part of the Pasture to Plate program begun in Hardin County last year. The program is designed to help beef producers gauge their cattle’s quality and make management decisions to improve their herds to better meet consumer demand and, ultimately, to improve their own bottom line.
NUTRITION, REPRODUCTION AND THE PUREBRED BREEDER
by: Stephen B. Blezinger
Regardless of the sophistication of the cattle operation discussed, it seems everyone is looking for a “silver bullet.” By silver bullet I’m referring to that one product or practice that will solve all our performance problems. Over the years, lots of silver bullets have been marketed and this seems to be more true than ever today. In many cases the apparent results can be seen or measured. In other cases they cannot and the cattleman is placed in the predicament of “Well, I thinks it’s working” or “No, I couldn’t see any benefit at all.”
What is a breed?
by Roy Wallace and Harlan Ritchie
What is a breed? Is there really such a thing as a purebred?
Let’s begin by defining what a breed is. The late Hilton Briggs, the quintessential authority on breeds and author of the book, “Modern Breeds of Livestock,” defined a breed as: “a group of animals that, as a result of breeding and selection, have certain distinguishable characteristics.”
US Still Expected To Accept Over 30 Months Canadian Cattle
WINNIPEG (Dow Jones)–A Canadian cattle official said the recent demands of a U.S. cattle producing group should not affect changes to a proposed U.S. rule on whether to accept Canadian cattle over 30 months of age. He also noted that the rule is now out of the hands of the USDA.
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America responded to news of Canada’s latest bovine spongifrom encephalopathy (BSE) case by stating that the USDA should indefinitely postpone plans to revise its ban on older Canadian cattle.
“Their only venue is through the courts and so far they’ve been defeated at every court challenge that they’ve been involved in,” said Rob McNabb, assistant general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). He said R-CALF previously lost two court appeals in relation to the first revisions to the ban in 2004.