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AlO-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 15, 2000
Grazing Helps Milk
There is a new reason why it may be beneficial to allow cows to
graze on pasture. According to the national ag research service that
reason involves a compound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
CLA is a fatty acid found in beef and dairy fats. Scientific interest
in CLA was stimulated about 12 years ago when a University of
Wisconsin researcher discovered its cancer-fighting properties in a
study of rats fed fried hamburger. CLA cannot be produced by the
human body, but it can be obtained through foods such as whole milk,
butter, beef, and lamb.
“The interesting thing is that dairy cattle that graze produce high
er amounts of CLA in their milk than those which receive conserved
feed, such as grain, hay, and silage,” says ARS daily scientist Larry
Satter. This is true even when the nongrazers eat pasture grass con
served as hay.
Satter, who is based at the Dairy Forage Research Center in
Madison, Wisconsin, conducted a study comparing the amount of
CLA in milk from cows grazing on pasture to the amount from cows
fed hay or silage. His findings: Pasture-grazed cows had five times
more CLA in their milk than those fed silage.
Do dairy producers need to graze cows to get them to produce
more CLA? “Not necessarily,” says Satter. Instead, he devised a way
to nudge the production of CLA by dairy cows fed typical confine
ment diets. He added extracted whole soybean and linseed oils to the
corn-alfalfa diet. Then added oils boosted CLA content in the cows’
milk to equal the levels obtained from grazing.
ARS and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
subsequently patented the method to increase CLA in cows’ milk.
The patent, issued in the spring of 1999, was based on a study con
ducted by Satter and his University of Wisconsin colleagues.
“Animal fats have been criticized for years, but now the potential
benefits of CLA in milk and meat from ruminant animals is being
seriously studied. Milk fat is one of the riches natural sources of
CLA. If human trials show the same benefits as studies with labora
tory animals, the benefit of consuming milk products could improve
the economics of dairy producers everywhere,” says Satter.
Maryland Jersey Came Club
All-Breed Calf and Heifer
Sale, Frederick Fairgrounds.
Penn State 75th Anniversary
Delaware Valley College
Annual Livestock Judging
Contest, Feldman Ag Build
ing, 8 a.m.
Adams County Beef Producers
Association Inc. Beef Sale and
Parade of Bulls, Bonneauville
Fire Company, 4:30 p.m.
Pond Management For Irriga
tion, Livestock, and Recre
ational Uses, Arena
Conservation 2000 Celebration,
Rossback Family Farm, Da
vidsonville, Md., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Performance-Tested Bull Sale,
Eastern Ohio Resource Devel
opment Center, Caldwell,
Satellite Videoconference: Eco
nomic Aspects of Forestland
County extension office,
Ebensburg, and other exten
sion offices, 9 a.m.-noon.
Franklin County Calf Sale,
Cumberland Valley Show
Grounds, Chambersburg, 7
4th Annual Benefit Auction for
4-H Therapeutic Riding Pro
gram, Lancaster County,
Bareville Fire Company,
Leola. 5 p.m.
CentmClinton County Swine
❖ Farm Calendar ❖
Handling and Health Work-
shop, Walker Township
Building, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Southeast Regional Christmas
Tree Growers Meeting, Penn
State Schuylkill Campus, 7
Hoss’s Steak and Sea House,
West York, 6:30 p.m.
Cover Crop Twilight Field Day,
Montgomery County Geria-
trie Center Farm, 6:30 p.m.-8
Blair County Milking School,
Central High School, Mar
tinsburg, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sheep Shearing School, Nelson
Farm, Linonier, 9 a.m.-3:30
p.m., thru April 19.
Pasture/Grazing Kickoff Meet-
ing, Carriage Corner Restau
rant, Mifflinburg, 10 a.m.
Park, Carbon County, 10
Butler/Mercer County Beef
Tour to Ohio, departs from
Mercer County extension,
Earth Day Picnic, Hill Creek
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To Improve Business Skills
The past two weeks I have
participated in three
administrative seminars. They all
had several common themes.
First, administration is an
evolving art and science. You
need to be constantly changing
and improving your
administrative style. The
consumer and society are forcing
these changes. There are two
components of administration.
They are leadership and
management. You lead people
and manage things. As an
administrator you need to have
balance between the two. There is
a shift from managing people like
equipment to developing people
to achieve their maximum
potential. The autocratic style of
management is being replaced
with delegation and allowing the
employee to make choices. By
delegating, you free yourself from
having to tell employees what to
do and having employees waiting
to be told what to do. This allows
the employees to continue their
growth and development. As farm
businesses continue to grow,
farmers need to sharpen their
administrative skills. The same
principles apply for family or
To Look At The 7 Habits of
If you are looking to grow
your business and want to stay
competitive in today's business
environment, I strongly
recommend you read The 7
Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey. In this book
Covey describes 7 habits you
need to have a happy and
productive life. They are the keys
in staying competitive.
Lehigh County Ag Center, 7
Sheep Shearing School, Carl
Gadsby Farm, Kilgore/Wes
ley, 9 a.m.
Lancaster County Family Living
and Consumer Sciences
Teachers Banquet, Farm and
Home Center, Lancaster, 4:30
Tractor Safety Program, Clar-
ion Extension Office, 7 p.m.-
York County Conservation Dis
trict Pasture Walk, Jeff
Wolfs Farm, McSherrystown,
Penn State Poultry Science Club
Awards Banquet, Ramada
Inn, State College, 6:30 p.m.
Farm and Natural Land Trust
annual breakfast, Aldersgate
Methodist Church, York, 7:30
The 7 habits are 1. Be
proactive. Take responsibility and
use initiative. 2. Begin with the
end in mind. Know your purpose
and have values. 3. Put first things
first. Concentrate on the
important things and let go of the
unimportant. 4. Think win/wm.
Have mutual respect for other
people. 5. Seek first to
understand, then to be understood.
This develops mutual
understanding. 6. Synergize The
result of creative cooperation and
7. Sharpen the saw. Continue to
learn and renew yourself.
By following these 7 habits,
you should be able to achieve
balance in your life between
family, church, work and
community service and develop a
business that is a pleasant place to
work while staying competitive.
To Develop A Vision
One of the functions of
leadership is to have a vision on
where you are going and
communicating it to others. This
week I was at a committee
meeting hosted by one of the
county's leading agribusiness
Two of the top company
LI HOU S I
BODY OF CHRIST
1 Corinthians 12:1-30.
Empty! The tomb in Joseph of
Anmathea’s garden was empty. The
body of Jesus of Nazareth was miss
ing. Although the majority of his fol
lowers believed that they encountered
the resurrected Christ in the days fol
lowing his crucifixion, some people
have continued to search for his body
ever since. Every once in a while t
someone claims to find clues that will
lead to the “burial place of the unres
urrected Jesus.” They are still look
Scholars argue whether the resur
rected Christ was a physical body, a
metaphysical manifestation or a
vision. When Paul tells us that the
resurrected body is similar to but dif
ferent than the physical body (1 Cor.
15), there is even more uncertainty as
to just how the risen Christ appeared
to his disciples and continues to
appear to us today.
I can’t solve that problem-no one
can, really-but we don’t have to look
for the physical body of Christ, for
Paul has told us where to find it' Now
you are the body of Christ and indi
vidually members of it” (12:27). Ah
yes, you say, but that’s just an analo
gy. You are comparing the Church
and its members to the physical body
of Christ. Some time ago. However I
came upon a commentaiy on this text
by the late biblical scholar, Clarence
Tucker Craig: “He (Paul) does not
mean to say that the church is like a
body; it is the body of Christ”.
Christ In Me!
In Galatians 2:20, Paul says, “It is
no longer I who live, but Christ who
lives in me.” Christ lives in each of us
by the Holy Spirit and thus the phys
ical presence of Jesus Christ in our
world is accounted for by our physi
cal bodies, minds and spirits. This
concept of the Church as the body of
Christ with us as parts (“members”)
of that body is an analogy, but it is
also much more than that It is more
executives addresses the
committee and shared their views
on the future of agriculture in the
region and the vision for their
company. To achieve their vision
they have developed foui
initiatives for their company.
They are 1. Learning Initiative.
Need to thrive on learning 2.
Quality Initiative Need to
embrace quality in all that we do.
3. Food Supply Cham Initiative.
Need to bring success to the entire
food chain, and 4. Environmental
Initiative. Good stewardship is a
commitment. In addition, they
believe, as a business you will
continue to expand to take
advantage size can give you. At
the same time you must strive to
capture the best of a small
business. Its energy, flexibility,
excitement and speed. You must
continue to distance yourself from
the rest of the competition. You
must help your customers or
buyers of your products to
distance themselves from their
competition, for their growth and
prosperity will dictate yours.
Feather Prof.'s Footnote.
"Together we can accomplish the
than a metaphysical presence, it is
really a physical presence. Annie
Johnson Flint expresses it poetically:
Christ has no hands but our
To do his work today;
He has no feet but out feet
to lead men in his way; *
In Frances R. Havergal’s familiar
hymn, we sing:
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.”**
The Same Spirit
I would not say that Christ is lim
ited to working in and through us, but
1 would not deny either that the
hands, the feet, the voices, the hearts,
the minds through which great num
bers of people are ministered to are
those that we make available to him.
And that which empowers us to be
the Body of Christ in the world is the
same Spirit (six times in this passage
Paul uses the term, “same spirit,” and
four times “the one spirit”).
So each one of us is gifted by the
same Spirit Yet, being “gifted”
means nothing unless we respond to
that Spirit and use the gift or gifts
given us. The power of the gift comes
from God but you and I must make
some effort to use the gift. These gifts
are not for us to enjoy, but to employ
for others, as Paul says, for “the com
mon good” (v. 7). Neither are these
gifts given to divide us, but to unite us
in a realization that we all need one
another. “If one member suffers, all
suffer together; if one member is hon
ored, all rejoice together” (v. 26). The
world will not have to search for the
body of Christ when it witnesses
Christians living and working togeth
er in that kind of unity
(* “Jesus Chnst-And We” by Annie
Johnson Flint, Christ And The Fine
Arts by Cynthia Pearl Maus, Harper,
1938.**Take My Life, and Let It Be,”
Frances R .Havergal, 1872, United
Methodist Hymnal, 1989)
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