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A32-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 30, 200 C Lehigh County Honors 4-H Members, Leaders ALLENTOWN (Lehigh Co.) girl (ages 8-10) were Paul Schap — About 200 friends and family pell of Schnecksville, member of gathered recently to honor Le- the Seeing Eye Puppy 4-H Club, high County 4-H volunteers and and Lorissa Lazarus of Breining members for their achievements. sville, member of the county Betty Selig, Trexlertown, re- sheep and swine dubs and the ceived a 4-H clover pin with a di- Country Cabbits 4-H Club, amond chip for 40 years of serv- Outstanding boy (ages 11-14) ice as a volunteer club leader was Daniel Post, New Tripoli, with the Trexlertown Merry He’s a member of the Lowhill Stitchers 4-H Club. Laurels 4-H Club. The outstand- Six 4-H members were award- ing girl was Rachel Rennie, Cen ed plaques as outstanding ter Valley. She’s a member of the 4-H’ers. Outstanding boy and Southern Lehigh Helping Hands Outstanding 4-H officers Kristen Oplinger, news re porter, Wescosville; Nicole Wirth, president, Emmaus; and Katie Harwick, secretary, Kempton and Seeing Eye puppies accompany Kristen and Nicole. Maximize Milk Checks Without Expanding Dairy Operation COLUMBUS, Ohio Dairy farmers can increase their milk checks without expanding their herd. It just takes a little more management and some shopping around, said Tom Noyes, dairy agent at the Wayne County of fice of Ohio State University Ex tension. There is probably an opportu nity for some producers to gain at least an additional $1.50 per hundred pounds of milk pro duced, Noyes said. And, with milk prices more than $1 per hundred pounds lower than normal, maximizing the milk check is more important now than ever, he said. The cur rent All Milk Price the base price of milk plus additions for butterfat, protein and other so lids content is about $12.50 per hundredweight. The average All Milk Price received by Ohio dairy farmers over the past 10 years is $13.76 per hundred weight. “You can affect what your milk price is through manage ment on the farm and looking at different marketing alterna tives,” he said. “You could gain $1 per hundredweight just by al tering what you do on your farm.” Improving milk quality by lowering the somatic cell count and controlling other factors could make a noticeable differ ence. Somatic cells are animal body cells present at low levels in normal milk. High levels of these cells in milk caused by things such as mastitis infection, udder injuries, stress, poor milking pro cedures -and cow age indicate - abnormal, reduced-quality milk. Milk with a high somatic cell count has a shorter shelf life, yields less cheese and may have poor flavor, Noyes said. In Federal Order 33, which in cludes Ohio, the milk price pro ducers receive is adjusted up or down by how much their milk’s somatic cell count is below or above 350,000 cells per milliliter. Milk below 350,000 cells per mil liliter gets a premium, while milk above 350,000 is discounted. “In Federal Order 33, about 53 percent of the milk produced has a somatic cell count between 201,000 and 400,000 cells per milliliter,” Noyes said. ‘That means more than half of the milk produced is discounted or re ceives only a small bonus. Anoth er 25 percent of the milk has counts worse than 400,000. So there is definitely room for im provement in gaining take home dollars through reducing somatic cell counts.” The premium amounts vary by market and can range from 10 cents per hundredweight to $1 per hundredweight. Additional bonuses often are paid for pro ducing premium quality milk for consecutive months, he said. All quality programs also are based on milk being free of antibiotics, added water, low sediment and off flavors. Based on the milk supply, some buyers may offer over order premiums. These are bonuses above the market price for milk within a federal order offered simply to secure milk for a buyet. They are not based on quality. The more competition- there is 4-H Club, the Veterinary Science 4-H Club, and County 4-H Teen Council. Outstanding boy and girl (ages 15-18) were Harvey Emert, IV, Catasauqua, and Erin Lichten walner, Coplay. Both are mem bers of the Neffs Cloverettes 4-H Club and County 4-H Teen Council. Erin is also a member of the Veterinary Science 4-H Club and has volunteered as a counse lor at residential 4-H camp. Har vey and Erin will represent Le high County at the National 4-H Congress in November 2001. This year’s delegates to National 4-H. Congress John C. Straw bridge, Whitehall, and Katie Harwich, Kempton have just returned from Atlanta, Ga., where the event was held imme diately following Thanksgiving. Teen leaders who hold offices, teach projects, volunteer as camp counselors, or who help younger individual members were hon ored for years of service. Those who completed one year of service were Jessie Graham, Philip Laube, and Rachel Laube, Coopersburg; Christopher Jameson and Robyn Wirth, Ore field; Amy Lenhart, Jenny Len hart. Josh Minnich, Karley White, and Stephanie Wolfe, New Tripoli; Kristen Oplinger, Wescosville; Nick Reiss, Allen town; and Nicole Wirth, Em maus. Teens completing their second year of leadership were Seth Bleiler and Stacey Mangold, New Tripoli; Erin DiMiceli, Slating ton; Jackie Federici, Orefield, Amy Goetz, Fogelsville; Katie Harwich and Suzanne Harwick, Kempton; Adam Rabenold and Tim Rabenold, Allentown; Ra chel Rennie, Center Valley; and Nathan Wagner, Coplay. John C. Strawbridge, White hall, and Josh Wagner, New Tri poli, have been teen leaders for three years. Erin Lichtenwalner, for milk, the higher these bon uses may be, Noyes said. They often range from zero to 30 cents per hundredweight and vary by month. Dairy farmers can adjust their production to take advantage of seasonal bonuses. These bonuses often occur in the fall when chil dren are going back to school and demand for milk increases. The problem is, many producers often get their highest milk pro duction in the spring, when grass and hay supplies flourish, but the school year is almost over. So finding ways to increase fall pro duction could be beneficial, he said. However, with expanding dairy herds, milk production across the United States is be coming more consistent through out the year. So, seasonal bon uses have diminished and may Glickman Announces New Forestry Council Members WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Ag Secretary Dan Glickman has announced the selection of four members to the USDA National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. There is one new member and three are reap pointed. Their term begins Jan. 1,2001 untU Dec. 31,2003. The new member appointed to the 15-member councU is Eliza beth Kinch, with the Derby Community Foundation, Derby, Kan. Three members have been re appointed to serve a second Coplay, and Harvey Emert, IV, Tom Rabenold, Allentown; Jane Catasauqua, have completed Schappell, Schecksville; Betsey four years of teen leadership. Schmeltzle, Emmaus; and Denise Other 4-H adult volunteers and Raymond Shirk, Allentown, who received pins for years of Outstanding club officers re- Outstanding 4-H members, front, Erin Lichtenwalner, Coplay; Lorissa Lazarus, Breinigsville; and Paul Schap pell, Schnecksville. Back, Daniel Post, New Tripoli; Har vey Emert, IV, Catasauqua; and Rachel Rennie, Center Valley. service were Cathy Dassler, Sla tington, 15 years; Darlene Bros ky, Zionsville, 10 years; and Den nis Haas, Orefield; Kris Rigler, Whitehall; and Kathy Smith, New Tripoli, all five years of service, Those completing their first year as 4-H leaders were Ju lianne Anglestein, Bethlehem; Cheryl Bennecoff, Kutztown; Robin Carmody, Trexlertown; Maureen Krasnai, Zionsville; Sharon Mangold, New Tripoli; Kathy McGovern, Emmaus; Donna Nardo, Coopersburg; Robyn Oplinger, Wescosville; not be around much longer, Noyes said. Bonuses also exist for milk with high levels of protein. Some buyers are paying 10 cents per pound of protein in nulk. Having a high protein dairy herd can add significantly to the bottom line, Noyes said. “You have to shop around for the market that best suits your milk,” he said. “And once the buyer who pays the best premi um is found, producers have to be willing to change where they ship their milk, so they can get the best price possible. Ohio pro ducers often are loyal and are hesitant to shift buyers. But, the decision should depend on the price.” In the long run, taking advan tage of premium prices could re ally pay off. For a 100-cow Hol stein operation producing term. They are; John Ball, associ ate professor of forestry, South Dakota State University, Brook ings, S.D.; Dan DeWald, natural resources manager. City of Belle vue Parks and Community Serv ices, Bellevue, Wash.; and Debo rah Gangloff, executive director, American Forests, Tracy’s Land ing, Md. Gangloff will continue to serve as the chairwoman of the council. “The experience these four members bring to the council will enhance USDA’s efforts to pro tect and increase urban tree ceived plaques. They were presi dent, Nicole Wirth, Seeing Eye Puppy 4-H Club; secretary, Katie Harwich, Lowhill Laurels 4-H Club; treasurer, Amy Lenhart, Neffs Cloverettes 4-H Club; and news reporter, Kristen Oplinger, Seeing Eye Puppy 4-H Club. The Laurys Station 4-H Club won $25 for its outstanding club scrapbook. The Lowhill Laurels 4-H Club and the Lehigh County 4-H Equine Club won $25 each as outstanding 4-H clubs. 20,000-pounds of milk per cow per year, an extra $1.50 per hun dred pounds of milk produced would gamer $30,000 of addi tional income per year. By adjusting management practices, producers could proba bly obtain these bonuses with little or no added production costs, Noyes said. Just make sure barns are well ventilated, stalls are well bedded, the operation is clean, and proper milking tech niques are followed. “There is obviously additional money to be made by producing high quality milk and shopping around to find the market that will be to your advantage,” he said. Noyes shared these ideas with dairy farmers and other partici pants at the Ohio Dairy Manage ment Conference, Dec. 4 in Co lumbus. cover and heighten the impor tance of urban and community forestry initiatives throughout the nation,” said Glickman. The council advises the secre tary concerning the care and management of trees, forests, and related natural resources in urban and community settings. The council also works with fed eral and state agencies and other partners to share information, technical assistance, and award competitive cost-share grants that advance the science and practice of urban forestry.