Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 04, 1998, Image 19

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    Cattlemen’s Field Day
Looks At Pasture, Land, Breeding
Co.) Techniques in forage and
pasture management will be the
theme at the 23rd Annual Pennsyl
vania Cattlemen’s Summer Field
Day, Saturday, July 18, at the Mc-
Elhaney Stock Farm and the
Hookstown Fairgrounds in
Hooks town.
The event also will be an oppor
tunity for Pennsylvania cattlemen
to demonstrate environmentally
friendly processes now in use by
livestock producers, according to
Dr. Lowell Wilson, Penn State
professor of animal science and
secretary of the Pennsylvania Cat
tlemen’s Association.
“Our theme and demonstration
projects were selected to show
that beef producers and others are
looking to conserve and replenish
our natural resources at the same
time they are using them,” Wilson
said. “It’s all part of being belter
caretakers of our land and water.
This event will be of interest to
beef, dairy and sheep producers;
but it’s also a good opportunity for
non-farm people to leant more
about sustainable methods of live
stock production.”
New practices and technologies
used for water control, estrus
synchronization and grazing man
agement systems are among the
special topics planned. Other de
monstrations will include ova
transplant procedures, pasture
species selection, fencing pro
grams and hoof trimming.
Liability issues connected with
the use of electrically charged
fencing and other farming prac
tices will be the focus at a special
luncheon sponsored by Mid-At
lantic Genetic Productions. Dr.
Terry Etherton, head of Penn
State’s Department of Dairy and
Animal Science, also will discuss
challenges and opportunities con
fronting the animal industries. The
Pennsylvania State Shorthorn
Show will be held on Saa:.k.y
morning at the Hookstown Fair
Other field day activities in
clude a tour of the Duquesne Light
Nuclear Power Plant of the Beaver
Valley Power Station, followed by
the All-Breed Beaver County
Junior Show. Afternoon and eve
ning activities include a Keystone
steak dinner and music and danc
ing at the farm. The event will
close with fitting and showing de
monstrations on Sunday. July 19.
Exhibits and presentations will
be staffed by representatives of
Penn State Cooperative Extension
and faculty members of the De
partment of Dairy and Animal
Science in Penn State’s College of
Agricultural Sciences, as well
by staff from the Beaver County
Natural Resource Conservation
Service of the U.S. Department of
The event is sponsored by the
Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Asso
ciation (PCA), the Pennsylvania
Shorthorn Association and the
Washington County Cattlemen’s
Association, in cooperation with
Penn State Cooperative Extension
and the university’s Department
of Dairy and Animal Science.
Registration will be from 8:30
a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the McElhan
ey Stock Farm. Admission is free
to anyone interested in animal
agriculture. More information can
be obtained by calling PCA at
(814) 692-4208. McElhaney’s
Stock Farm at (724) 573-9043, the
Penn State Department of Dairy
and Animal Science at (814)
863-3659, or Penn State Coopera
tive Extension in Beaver County
at (724) 774-3003.
products every day. Milk and milk products must pass up to 10 tests before a product can be sold to
consumers. Federal and state regulations constantly monitor the quality of milk at every step, from the
cow to the table.
health and medication guidelines are followed, often using a producer-developed, voluntary 10-part
Quality Assurance Program. Milk haulers collect samples from each day’s shipment for on-site testing
which evaluates butterfat and bacteria levels Samples are also saved for further testing at the processing
plant before the milk is loaded onto trucks heading toward retail or foodservice outlets
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Bureau Praises Coalition
ALBANY, N.Y. New York
Farm Bureau President John
Lincoln, a dairy farmer from
Ontario County, recently
praised several groups who
joined Farm Bureau to call for
passage of the Northeast
Interstate Dairy Compact.
Lincoln called the group,
jyhich included consumer orga
nizations Hunger Action
Network and Just Food, envi
ronmental organizations Scenic
Hudson and civic group the City
Club of New York, “a diverse
coalition of organizations which
encompass a wide variety of
interests yet all support passage
of the Dairy Compact legisla
President Lincoln said, “The
organizations that have come
together today is a clear exam
ple of how important the dairy
industry is to this state’s con
sumers, environmentalists,
economists and local business
owners. United together in sup
port of passage of this Compact,
these organizations are sending
a clear message to the Assembly
to pass the Compact legislation.”
The press conference also
Milk quality standards remain high
The dairy industry is proud that it can guarantee customers they are buying the freshest quality
Milk quality starts on the farm. Dairy producers work closely with veterinarians to ensure herd
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 4. 1998-Al9
provided an opportunity for the
largest agricultural lending
organization in the Northeast,
Farm Credit, to provide results
of a recent study on the future of
the dairy industry in the
“From examining the report
compiled by Farm Credit, it is
quite clear that the future of
dairy farming is, at best, uncer
tain, if not declining. The Dairy
Compact is a mechanism that
could help improve that pic
ture,” Lincoln said “It is vital
that the Assembly pass the
Compact legislation before our
Assembly members conclude
their business in Albany.”
President Lincoln said,
“Passage of the Dairy Compact
legislation helps dairy farmers,
the environment, and con
sumers. It provides a stable,
equitable payment to dairy
farmers for their fluid milk. By
helping these dairy farmers stay
in business, the environment
stays healthy, open spaces and
New York’s grand vistas remain
intact, and consumers continue
to receive a fresh, locally pro
duced product.”