Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association presents annual swards

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association presented three leadership awards during the 2015 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit:

Timothy Beck, with the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, received the Extension Award. Beck, an Extension Educator specializing in Agricultural Business Management, he provides education in the areas of dairy profitability and farm business management planning and analysis.  As a key member of the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, he provides curriculum development, delivery and support for a number of programs, including “Know Your Numbers: Strategies to Improve Cash Flow” and “Know Your Numbers: Cropping & Nutritional Strategies to Improve Cash Flow. “ Beck typically works with more than 100 farms each year in the multi-county area of Cumberland, Franklin, York and Lancaster, as well as other areas of the state. He was one of the main developers of the PA Dairy Tool, a comprehensive web-based tool for evaluating the bottlenecks on a dairy farm in order to improve profitability.

Harold Shaulis, Somerset, Pa., was honored as the 2015 Dairy Hall of Fame Award recipient. For over 40 years, Harold and his wife Carol, and partners have operated a 120-cow dairy in Somerset County. He has served for 24 years on the board of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program and currently leads this organization as president.  His tenure with the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion board has led to the formation of key partnerships with industry players, such as H.J. Heinz Company Foundation and a local McDonald’s franchise group. He also serves on the board of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association as well as the national dairy promotion group, Dairy Management Inc. Shaulis is also an advocate for the dairy industry and serves as a dairy farmer spokesperson with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. He volunteers each year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show “Today’s Ag” display and milking parlor, and he has shared the dairy story with civic groups within his community.

Chris Waddell, Townville, Pa., was named the Distinguished Dairy Woman, presented annually to a dairy woman who has served the dairy industry. Chris, her husband Rob, and son Josh, operate Apple Shamrock Farms, an 800-cow dairy in Crawford County.  This “Dairy of Distinction” farm is intentional in efforts to teach their community about their dairy farm. Yearly, Chris and the Waddell family, can lead over 500 children and adults on a farm tour. She has been actively involved in the Crawford County 4-H programs as well as the Dairy Princess program in the county. She serves on the Center for Dairy Excellence Board of Director and is the vice chairperson of the AgChoice Farm Credit Board of Directors.

Both Waddell and Shaulis will be recognized in a “Dairy Hall of Fame” established within the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

The Dairymen’s Association was initially formed in 1871 to promote the general welfare of the dairy foods industry in Pennsylvania. The organization has been presenting industry leadership awards for more than 50 years. For more information, contact David Smith, executive director, at 717-838-3283.

 

Pennsylvania CDE plans family farm transition workshop

Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) is hosting a Building the Bridge to Dairy Farm Family Transition workshop will be held March 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at the Shady Maple Restaurant in East Earl, Pa. The workshop will offer a hands-on approach to help farm families start the process of transition planning. Dr. Charlie Gardner, dairy transitions coordinator with the center, will facilitate the workshop, while speakers Mike McGrann with the TELOS Group, Ron Bare with Bare Financial Services, Mike Peachey with Acuity Advisors, Inc., and Jay Clark with James Clark & Associates will talk on the key points to a transition being successful.

 Farm families interested in beginning the path toward a transition or who are already heading down that path are invited to attend the workshop. Event Registration: $50 includes breakfast & lunch and all materials for two people, additional family or team members $10 per person. *Note: All costs are reimbursable for families applying for Dairy Transition Team. Register by calling 717-346-0849 or emailing manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org. Or go to www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click on “March 17: Dairy Farm Transition Workshop” for more information.

 

Pennsylvania Extension Dairy Team schedule

QuickBooks Software

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting a series of one-day hands-on workshops to help ag businesses learn to extract valuable farm and business information from electronic financial systems like QuickBooks.

Cost for the one day training is $75 for the first registrant; $50 for a guest from the same farm.  For those who have participated in the previous webinar series on using QuickBooks to manage farm data, there is a $25 discount for the in person training. Remaining sessions include:

• Monday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1450 North Atherton Street, State College

• Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Penn State Extension, Indiana County, 827 Water Street, Indiana

For more information, call toll-free 888-373-7232, contact Rob Goodling, extension associate: rcg133@psu.edu or visit www.extension.psu.edu/quickbooks.

 

Raw Milk Quality Impact webinar

 To help dairy producers and processors understand the relationship between the quality of raw milk components and their  direct impact on finished dairy products, the Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting a free webinar,  Feb. 18, 10 to 11 a.m. 

Emphasis of the seminar will be on the effect of on-farm aspects of production including cleaning and sanitizing, temperatures and other indicators on the finished product shelf life, flavor and quality. The webinar is presented by Dr. Ginger Fenton, Penn State Extension Dairy Team, and Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, Dairy Foods Research and Extension Associate.

Registration for the Impact of Raw Milk Component Quality on Finished Product Quality Webinar is free of charge, but pre-registration is required by noon of the day preceding the session. Participants will receive an e-mail confirming registration and a link to the webinar URL.

Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/events/impact-of-raw-milk-component-quality-on-finished-product-quality. For more information contact Dr. Ginger Fenton  at 724-662-3141.

 

Best Milking Practices workshops

  The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering two on-farm culturing workshops in February to help participants learn proper techniques for reducing the incidence of mastitis. The on-farm culturing workshops cost $45 without supplies or $60 with supplies, and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dates and locations are:

• Feb. 24, Juniata County: Spruce Hill Grange, Route 75 South, Port Royal

• Feb. 26, Crawford County: Penn State Extension, Crawford County, 13400 Dunham Road, Suite A, Meadville

The hands-on workshop will focus on correct ways to collect milk cultures, how to set up cultures for on-farm identification and the knowledge to identify bacteria grown. 

To register and for more details, visit extension.psu.edu/best-milking-practices.

 

Mastitis management workshop in Mercer County

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team has scheduled a one-day workshop those interested in learning about the nutritional aspects and other tools for managing mastitis on farms. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension Office, 463 N. Perry Highway, Mercer. Cost is $40, and registration deadline is March 5.

Speakers include: Dr. Ginger Fenton, Extension Dairy Team; and Dr. David Wolfgang and Dr. Robert Van Saun, Penn State Extension Veterinary Team.  The workshop is designed for producers, herd managers, farm employees and industry representatives.

To register visit www.extension.psu.edu/mastitis-management. For more information contact Dr. Ginger Fenton, 724-662-3141 or gdc3@psu.edu.

 

Additional grazing webinars

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s free online seminars devoted to grazing. Registration is free, and all seminars will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Remaining webinars being offered in 2015 include:

• March 11, Precision Technology in Pasture Dairy. This webinar will discuss management and the adaptation of current and future technologies that may offer opportunities for precision feeding in pasture dairy systems. Mat Haan, Extension Educator

• April 8, Cow Health in Pasture Based Dairies. Dairy cattle pasture-based systems can face health challenges different from those commonly found in confinement systems. Common health challenges and their management will be the focus of this webinar. Dr. Bob VanSaun, Extension Educator

Registration is free and can be done online at http://extension.psu.edu/grazing-guides

For more information contact Mathew M. Haan, Penn State Dairy Educator, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Suite 110, Leesport, PA 19533 or mmh29@psu.edu, or 610-378-1327.

 

‘Technology Tuesday’ webinars continue

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team continues to provide up-to-date research through on-line “Technology Tuesday” webinars, available at no cost. Upcoming sessions include:

• Feb. 24: Heat Stress, by John Tyson, Ag Engineer, Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

• March 10: Calf & Heifer System Planning & Design, by Penn State Extension Dairy Team ag engineers Dan McFarland and John Tyson.

• March 17: Best Milking Practices - Evaluating your Routine, by Amber Yutzy, Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

• March 24: Mastitis Costs and Why Culturing is Important, by Amber Yutzy, Penn State Extension Dairy Team

• April 14: Restraint & Handling of Dairy Cattle, by Dan McFarland, Ag Engineer, Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

• April 28: Milk Quality & Robotic Milking Systems, by Mathew Haan, Dairy Educator, Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

• May 12: Feet & Floors, by Dan McFarland, Ag Engineer, Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

All live webinars are held 8:30 to 10 a.m. To watch past recorded webinars, visit http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/courses/technology-tuesday-series/webinars.

Registration is free, but advance registration is requested. Pre-register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechnologyTuesdays1314 no later than noon the day preceding the session. Prior to the webinar session, you will receive an email that confirms your registration and contains the webinar URL. You need only register once; the same URL is used for all sessions.

This webinar series qualifies for 1 SmartStart credits for every 2 webinars from AgChoice Farm Credit.

For more information contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team Office at 888-373-7232, or Dan McFarland at dfm6@psu.edu, John Tyson at jtt107@psu.edu or Mat Haan at mmh29@psu.edu.