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The Blackwater Valley Dispersal, scheduled for this Saturday, August 22 has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates.
Over the last several days much has been listed in various internet newsites and letters sent out regarding the status of future NAILEs. An open letter has been sent to the livestock industry from the CEO of the Kentucky State Fairboard. Please click here to read the letter.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The magic formula for the ultimate sports recovery drink starts with cows, runs through the University of Maryland and ends with capitalism.
Two concerned parents figured it out.
Richard Doak and Kurt Williams stood behind a fence at a high school football game in the mountains of western Maryland and wondered why kids were getting injured more often. If it wasn’t their training, they thought, then it had to be their nutrition.
Next they did what any good parents would do—they conducted research, created a solution and started a company so athletes everywhere could benefit from their discovery.
What they found surprised them. The freshest milk legally possible, from the best cows, provided more of what athletes’ bodies need than any artificial commercial drink: protein—20 grams, as much as most whey drinks, along with a special kind of protein that remains available for hours after drinking it; electrolytes—far more than products on the shelf; and calcium and vitamin D for strong bones. They added natural cane sugar and cocoa to make it tasty for kids and to restore glycogen to muscles.
On Thursday, June 18 in Walnut Creek, Ohio, Guernsey breeders from across the nation were honored for their achievements in milk production. The awards were part of the National Guernsey Convention and 139th Annual Meeting.
High TPE Lactation Average for Milk and Protein:
Gurn Z Meadow Farm: 20 Records, 21,671M 4.9% 1,057F 3.3% 722P
The high TPE Lactation Average for Milk and Protein is awarded to Gurn Z Meadow Farm of Columbus, Wisconsin. Julie, Kristi and Jennifer Orchard maintain the milking herd in Columbus, WI together with the Bacon’s Rolling Acres Holstein herd belonging to Julie’s husband, Ed Bacon. The girl’s father, Bill Orchard is still very active on the farm as well. The cows are milked at a Lely robotic dairy facility and fed a partially mixed ration. Pellets are also automatically fed during milking. Dry cows and springing heifers are fed a TMR. The robot milker allows fresh and high-producing cows to be milked up to six times a day, which gradually declines with each cow’s production. The herd is divided into two groups of 60 cows, each with its own robot milker. The Gurn Z Meadow Guernseys are all together in one of the groups with some of the Holsteins mixed in. The average cow at Gurn Z Meadow is milked 2.8 times a day. The robot milker maintains statistical data that the Orchards use to help improve their production. The herd is housed in a freestall barn bedded with sand.
The American Guernsey Association held its 139th Annual Meeting on June 20th in Walnut Creek, Ohio in conjunction with the National Guernsey Convention. Over 400 people were in attendance over the four and a half day event hosted by the Ohio Guernsey Breeders Association.
Elected to the board of directors was Todd Moore of Texas as Director-At-Large and Craig Church of Iowa as Director of District V. Morey Miller of Connecticut and Donna Anderson of Minnesota were both presented plaques for their past service on the board of directors.
New officers were elected following the annual meeting. Following is the officer slate for 2015-2016: American Guernsey Association President – Dave Trotter, 1st Vice-President-Duane Schuler, 2nd Vice-President-David Coon; Purebred Publishing President – Emily Hartmann, 1st Vice-President-Alan Mann, 2nd Vice-President-Chris Lang.Read More
One of the seminars held at the recent National Guernsey Convention was a panel discussion for the Young Guernsey Leaders. Participating was Dennis Wolff and Berneta Gable of Pennsylvania; Abby Bauer from Hoard’s Dairyman and Daniel Basse of Wisconsin. Pictured are many of the Young Guernsey Leader members and others attending the seminar. More information will follow in the August Guernsey Breeder’s Journal.
The National Guernsey Sale averaged an impressive $4,648 on 52 live lots on June 20 despite the drenching downpours in Big Prairie, Ohio all week and sale day. The finale of a fantastic week for the National Convention goers and the American Guernsey Association’s 139th Annual Meeting, the sale had well over 400 in attendance. Hosted by Springhill Farms the sale held high expectations with the quality consignments and buyers did not disappoint.
The much anticipated Lot 1 from Springhill Farm and Marshall Overholt began the sale. It was a choice of Four Winds Showtime-ET sisters out of the 92-point Dix Lee Mentor Jazz with records to 29,160M 1,105F 1,038P. A multiple All-American honored Mentor daughter, she is out of the All-American, bull mother Dix Lee Tiller Read More
The AGA welcomed two new board members at the 139th Annual Meeting on June 20. Todd Moore of Emory, Texas and Craig Church of Cresco, Iowa were elected. Seated L-R is District 7 Director & Purebred Publishing 1st Vice President Alan Mann; District 3 Director and newly elected President of Purebred Publishing, Emily Hartmann; District 4 Director and 1st Vice President of AGA Duane Schuler. Standing L-R is Director-At-Large & 2nd Vice President of Purebred Publishing, Chris Lang; District 2 Director and President of AGA Dave Trotter; District 6 Director E. Cline Brubaker; District 1 Director and 2nd Vice President of AGA David Coon; District 5 Director Craig Church and Director-At-Large Todd Moore.