Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 14, 1994, Image 1

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Vol. 39 NO. 27
These Brown Swiss Dairy Farmers Love To Talk Good Cows
Managing Editor
PINE GROVE (Schuylkill
Co.) When you talk with Wil
At home with an excellent cow in a beautiful spring flower
setting. What greater picture could you show to move the
heart of a true dairyman. Wind Mill Improver Helena 3E, with
FFA’ers Learn To Manage ‘Personalities’ At Conference
Lancaster Farming Staff
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.)
For Lancaster County FFA
Reporter Josh Troxell, learning to
deal with 9-year-old kids as a camp
counselor proved pretty
With those experiences
including dealing with the
demands and questions posed by a
wide range of personalities in
Efforts Under Way To Build
Animal Disease Fighting Ability
Lancaster Fanning Staff
Co.) After losing its accredita
tion five years ago, hustling to pull
together an effort to combat avian
influenza years ago, and not hav
ing a definitive plan of action as
rabies swept through wild animal
and domestic animal populations,
Pennsylvania is apparently well on
its way to developing a modem,
model program for realistically
dealing with animal disease.
The system is called the Pen
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liam Daubeit and sons Ronald and
Dennis, you get the feeling they
just like fanning. And they espe
cially like the good-looking, high
j hand, Josh was ready to tackle sev
eral more challenges:
• How to hold a successful
• How to deal with the wide
array of sometimes conflicting
personalities of FFA’ers from all
the different county chapters.
• How to answer the questions
posed by many of the local chapter
• How to provide enough learn-
nsylvania Animal Diagnostic
Laboratory System (PADLS), and
it is being coordinated through Dr.
C.S. Card, director.
While the program falls under
the Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture, it is really a coopera
tive effort between Penn State Uni
versity, the University of Pennsyl
vania and the PDA.
While designed to address ani
mal health issues, the program has
much broader implication for
human health. There are many dis
ease which affect animals and
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 14, 1994
producing Registered Brown
Swiss cows that fill their fiee stall
bam on Wind Mill Farm located
northeast of Pine Grove on Pine
the typical high fat (1,008 f) and protein (874 p) of the Brown
Swiss breed does it for, from left, Dennis, William, and
Ronald Daubert. Photo by Evonlt Newswanger.
ing and project experience for his
group to take back to the hundreds
of members scattered throughout
the county.
Josh had the help of about 100 of
his peers, all county chapter FFA
leaders, at the third annual Red
Rose Leadership Conference at
Lancaster Mennonite High School
on Wednesday.
Officers from Garden Spot,
Ephrata, Solanco, Manheim,
humans and up until now, there
was no centralized effort to coordi
nate governmental and academic
forces to combat ever-increasing
dangers of disease.
The Department of Agriculture
has published a pamphlet about
PADLS and recently, through the
Penn State Extension Service,
some of that information was
This past week. Dr. Card detail
ed the program in an interview.
According to the doctor, a former
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Hill Road.
And the nationally known herd
that includes classification results
of 8 Ex, 59 VG. 47 GP. and 2 G.
Pequea Valley, Penn Manor, and
Lancaster Mennonite FFA chap
ters gathered at this annual confer
ence to help build leadership.
State FFA officers participated In the annual Red Rose
Leadership Conference. Front, Andrea Noll, state presi
dent. Back, from left, Grant Campbell, state treasurer; Liz
Hess, state eastern region vice president; and Jason Reifs
nyder, state vice president.
Four Sections
shows the family’s love of good
cows by producing a lot of milk.
For example. Wind Mill Distinc
tion Elissa VG-88 just finished
with 32,563 m 3.8% 1235 f 3.3%
1091 p. Elissa’s pedigree traces
back to the Maggie cow that was
purchased in the early 19605.
Another good cow family in the
herd came from Wind Mill Joan T
who recently left the herd at 17
years of age with 217,905 m and
8,742 f lifetime. Individual records
exceed 28,000 m, l,ooof, and 900 p
and Joan T’s 2y record was a
national honor roll record for the
The Dauberts like to do a little
showing too. Maybe the most fam
ous cow in the herd is Wind Mill
Eventide Alamay that was nomi
nated all-American as a five year
old. But the world-renowned Lin
dale Convince! Elain that was
supreme champion at the World
Dairy Expo in Madison for two
consecutive years has close roots
here too. Eiain’s dam carries the
Wind Mill prefix. The dam was
sold as an open heifer to Lindale at
the lowa National Sale.
"""““When we sell an animal, we
like fo take her from the top shelf,”
Dennis said. “We always like to
hear the buyer is satisfied.”
The Wind Mill dairy operation
started when William was in high
school and started to milk Brown
Swiss at home on his father’s turk
ey farm. The farm has been in the
family for 90 years.
“When I first started, you
couldn’t buy anything that made
milk,” William said. ‘There was
nothing available. Today there is a
lot of hope out there. Production is
“We want to help them learn
how to work as a team within their
own chapters, how to promote
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