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    Alfred State College Dairy Team Is Fourth Nationally
ALFRED. N.Y. The dairy
cattle judging team from Alfred
State College ranked fourth over
all, with a team member earning
two first-place wins, in competi
tion at the World Dairy Exposition
in Madison, Wis.
Competing with 16 other col
leges, Alfred State students placed
third in Jersey judging, fourth in
Guernseys, and fifth in both
Brown Swiss and Ayrshires. The
team also ranked fifth in oral rea
Timothy K. Elsbree of Troy, a
senior in the animal science curri
culum at Alfred State, was first
place individual in Jerseys and in
Brown Swiss, third in oral rea
sons, and fourth in Ayrshires.
Elsbree, son of John and Donna
Elsbree of Troy RD 1, placed se
venth overall among individuals.
The team was coached by Mat
thew Stewart of Alfred State’s
Agriculture and Horticulture De
partment faculty.
He reported rankings for Els
bree and his teammates, includ-
The Alfred State College dairy cattle Judging team placed fourth at the national com
. . * a a petition. The team consists of, from the left, Brian Zug, Colleen Palmer, Katherine
State Accepts Agribusiness Lunde, timothy Elsbree, and Matt Stewart, coach.
Award Nominations
HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.)
State Agriculture Secretary
Boyd E. Wolff is accepting
nominations for the Department’s
1994 Agribusiness Achievement
The awards are presented to
Pennsylvania companies that have
made a special contribution to the
development and expansion of
Pennsylvania agribusiness. First
place awards will be given in two
separate categories.
“The Agribusiness Award is
part of our effort to recognize the
people who contributed so much
to Pennsylvania’s leading indus
try,” Wolff said.
Legislation To Fight
Animal Disease
than half of the House of Rep
resentatives and Senate now sup
port legislation to allow veterina
rians to administer life-saving
drugs to animal patients when
clinically appropriate.
Sixty-one Senators and 242
Representatives have cosponsored
5.340 and H.R. 1423, the Animal
Medicinal Drug Use Clarification
“Veterinarians must be permit
ted to treat sick animals and pro
tect people from animal diseases,”
said Rep. Charles Stenholm (D,
Texas), sponsor of H.R. 1423. “I
intend to continue to fight for pas
sage of this important legislation.”
An existing amendment to the
federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic
Act (FD&C Act) restricts the use
of animal drugs prescribed by vet
erinarians to the species and
usage(s) specified on the label.
Passage of the parallel bills would
change the FD&C Act to allow
veterinarians to prescribe the saf
est and most beneficial drugs to
fight disease and alleviate suffer
ing among animal patients.
The legislation would codify
current FDA policy and permit
veterinarians to use the safest and
most beneficial animal drugs
when treating animal patients.
The discretionary or “extra
label” use of drugs would be
restricted to those times when the
-Katherine A. Lunde, daughter
of Ingrid Lunde of Apalachin and
the late Lars Lunde, fifth in
-Colleen M. Palmer, daughter
of Ben and Marilyn Palmer of
Holland, NY, ninth in Guernseys
and 12th overall.
-Brian L. Zug, son of Edward
and Debra Zug of Peach Bottom,
20lh overall.
At the earlier Eastern States Ex
position competition in Spring
field, Mass., Alfred State’s team
finished in third place, just one
point out of second place, coach
Stewart said.
The team placed first in Ayr
shires, and look thirds in Holsteins
and Jerseys.
Among individuals, Elsbree
was first in Ayrshires, second in
Holsteins, and third in Jerseys.
Lunde placed first in Holsteins,
fourth in Ayrshires, and seventh in
Brown Swiss. Zug took sixth and
seventh in Ayrshires and Jerseys,
“Prestigious companies that
have won this award include Hat
field Quality Meats, Knouse
Foods, Newhart Foods, Pellegrino
Food Products, and other firms
that helped establish a quality
standard for Pennsylvania Agri
cultural products.”
Awards will be presented at the
annual Farm Show Dinner on
Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Sheraton
Inn Harrisburg East in Harrisburg.
The deadline for receipt of
completed award applications is
Nov. 12. Contact the Department
of Agriculture's Bureau of Market
Development at (717) 787-4210
for more information or to request
an application.
veterinarian makes a professional
and clinically appropriate judge
ment that the health of the animal
to be treated is threatened or suf
fering or death would result from
the failure to use such treatment.
“Strict adherence to the FD&C
Act makes it impossible to prac
tice modern veterinary medicine,”
said Sen. Howell Heflin (D, Ala.),
sponsor of S. 340. “This law con
flicts with the veterinarians’ oath
to use specific knowledge and
skill to maintain animal health and
safeguard the public.”
Ultimately, veterinarians would
be permitted to provide for animal
health and well-being, and help
ensure the safety of food from ani
mal origin for human
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Promotion Program Continues
HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) “We’re very pleased that the by dairy fanners.
State Agriculture Secretary referendum has been approved,” The program is administered by
Boyd E. Wolff congratulated the Wolff said. “Over 71 percent of the Dairy Promotion and Research
nation’s dairy farmers for voting die voters elected to continue the Board, comprised of 36 dairy pro
to continue their efforts to prom- order, showing that there was ducers appointed by the secretary
ote their product. broad support for this important of agriculture to represent the
The Dairy Promotion and program.” dairy industry.
Research Order was established in The dairy promotion program is
1983 to implement a national financed by a 15-cent perhun- Pennsylvania’s program is
program for the promotion of dredweight assessment of all milk administered by the Pennsylvania
dairy products and nutrition produced in the 48 contiguous Dairy Promotion Program
education. states and marketed commercially (PDPP).
NFU Host To International Meeting
group of the International Federa
tion of Agricultural Producers
(IFAP) met here Oct 8-10 to dis
cuss dairy industry issues and
The meeting was hosted by the
National Farmers Union (NFU),
Wisconsin Farmers Union and
Minnesota Farmers Union.
“At the end of the day, farmers
concerns from one part of the
world to the next are very similar
and it is important that farmers
from throughout the world meet to
cultivate understanding and look
at our industry from an interna
tional perspective,” said Leland
Swenson, president of NFU.
The group discussed the current
situation and the world dairy out
look. Delegates were told that
1993 production is projected to
decline by 1 percent due mostly to
the expected 3 percent fall in out
put in industrialized countries,
largely reflecting major declines
in production by former Soviet
block countries.
Delegates discussed the diverse
issues facing the dairy industry
throughout the world, varying
from improving genetics and feed
ing programs to increase milk pro
duction in developing countries to
producing milk in the manner
required by consumers in indust
rialized countries.
“Foreign aid programs where
milk powder is given or sold very
cheaply to our consumers have put
some of our dairy farmers, parti
cularly the small, family farmers,
out of business in our country,”
lan Webster, chairman of die
National Association of Dairy
Farmers of Zimbabwe, told the
Willi Kampmann, representing
Germany, said the primary issues
facing German dairy farmers con-
cem the wholesomeness and per
ceived social responsibility with
which milk products are
The group also examined diffe
rent models for handling industry
related research. John McQueen
of the Australian Dairy Farmers
Federation led the discussion by
oudining the system in Australia,
whereby the dairy organization’s
funding for research and develop
ment is matched one for one by
the federal government.
Research, which is interactive
between scientists and farmers, is
carried out in the government
facilities, but involves greater
industry input than traditional
research protocols.
There was also an array of opin
ions on world trade and the effect
of liberalization on dairy farming.
“I see the writing on the wall.
Government support of agricul
ture worldwide is declining and
will continue to do so.” said Ernie
Glienke, representing the lowa
Farm Bureau Federation. “I advo
cate free trade, so that my family
has the option of expanding our
operation as much as we want and
having the new markets via
reduced trade barriers for this
additional production.”
“At the same time, Irish farmers
find it terribly unfair to have to
operate on static quotas with
redueed prices, in order that a far-
mer in another part of the world is
able to expand his production,”
said Michael Drea, chairman of
the IFAP dairy group and rep
resentative of the Irish Farmers’
“Agricultural products pro
duced within varying economic,
political and social situations can’t
be expected to compete with one
another,” said Manfred Bobner of
the Swiss Central Dairy
“Although opinions on most
every issue we discussed vary,
there is a deep-rooted sense of
commitment among the particip
ants to the economic well-being of
the family-farming system,” said
Following two days of intensive
discussions, the delegates partici
pated in an industry tour of Wis
consin’s dairy country. The tour
included stops at a single-family,
45-cow dairy, a two-family,
300-cow dairy farm and a
cooperative cheese processing
plant. Tour participants also had
the opportunity to discuss dairy
issues with some 20 Wisconsin
Farmers Union members that
joined the tour.
Also attending the meeting
from Farmers Union were: Dennis
Rosen, president of the Wisconsin
Farmers Union and Dennis Wiese,
president of the South Dakota Far
mers Union. Meeting delegates
included dairy organization rep
resentatives from Argentina, Aus
tralia. Canada, Denmark, the
European Community, Germany,
Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden,
Switzerland, the United States and
The International Federation of
Agricultural Producers is com
prised of 81 national farm organi
zations representing 57 countries,
including both developing and
industrialized countries.
IFAP serves as a forum for farm
leaders to exchange information
and ideas and to discuss issues of
common interest. Because of
IFAP’s size and scope, it also
serves as a communication vehicle
and international spokesman for
the world’s farmers. NFU is a
member organization of IFAP.
with NFU President Leland Swen
son serving as one of IFAP’s three
vice presidents.