New Junior Hereford Board Members, Officers Elected

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JNHE-official-logo Four new junior Hereford members were elected to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors at the 2016 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 9-15 in Madison, Wis.

Brooke Hinojosa, Carr, Colo.; Austin Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; Bailey Jones, Darlington, Wis.; and Nathan Hopkins, Winchester, Tenn., were elected as new NJHA directors during the awards ceremony on July 13.

Brooke Hinojosa has been a member of the Colorado Junior Hereford Association for six years. She will be a freshman at at Oklahoma State University in the fall, where she plans to major in animal science, and hopes to work for a breed association or agricultural-based company upon graduation.

Austin Matheny has been a member of the Kentucky Junior Hereford Association for nine years. He is a junior studying animal science at Kansas State University, and plans to return home to expand his family operation and raise high-quality Herefords upon graduation.

Bailey Jones has been a member of the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association for 12 years. She is a sophomore at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, where she studies dairy science, and plans to attend medical school upon graduation.

Nathan Hopkins has been a member of the Tennessee Junior Hereford Association for 10 years. He is studying biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, and plans to continue his education in medical school upon graduation.

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AQHYA Officers and Directors Named for 2016-17

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aqhya-2016-group-pic American Quarter Horse Youth Association regional directors, along with five national officers for the 2016-17 term, were elected earlier this month at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar in Amarillo.

AQHYA national officers and regional directors assist in the planning of events, participation in community service projects and spreading the word about American Quarter Horses, youth activities and AQHYA. They also represent AQHYA throughout the year at functions and events nationwide.

Three directors from each of AQHYA’s 11 regions may be elected at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, and five national officers are elected from those regional directors.

The officers and directors network with horse enthusiasts throughout the industry every year to ensure a successful future for the American Quarter Horse. AQHYA officers and directors set goals to grow youth involvement in every aspect of the equine world, uphold the integrity of the breed and work toward ensuring the future of the industry.

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JNHE Draws Over 900 Members

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JNHE-official-logo 900 members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) were in Madison, Wisconsin, last week to participate in the annual Junior National Hereford Exposition (JNHE). The expo’s cattle show brought in over 1600 entires vying for over $50,000 in prize money, and the many leadership opportunities available for participants, with events in the areas of team sales and marketing, photography, youth judging, and showmanship, provided additional educational outlets to help expand leadership skills of the Hereford industry’s youth members.

Amy Cowan, Director of Youth Activities and Foundation for the American Hereford Association and Director of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, was on hand for an interview during the expo, which she played a major role in organizing.

“The youth are the future of the agriculture industry, and for sure of the Hereford breed, and we’re really proud of what our youth accomplish as junior members, and it’s great to watch them to go on to be successful adults and members of the industry,” she said.

Listen to my full interview with Amy here:
Interview with Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association

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American Farmer TV To Feature Townline Hatchery

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RFDTV logo - white strokeAmerican Farmer TV will feature Townline Poultry Farm in an upcoming episode of the highly acclaimed TV series. The show will air in the fourth quarter 2016 and throughout early first quarter 2017, on RFD-TV. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:00aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings for more info.

Townline was originally established as a cow farm, but quickly became a chick hatchery due to the popularity of the poultry industry. As backyard flocks have begun to gain in popularity, Townline has risen to help meet the demand for baby chicks.

“We are excited and honored to showcase the process of producing baby chicks and to highlight the benefits of raising your own backyard flock on the Innovations TV series,” says John Geerlings, 4th generation owner of Townline Poultry Farm, Inc. “This is a great opportunity to educate poultry enthusiasts about what goes on prior to receiving their order of chicks.”

The episode of American Farmer that features Townline will explore how coops and additions to the hatchery have greatly changed the face of the farm. Viewers will also lean about the “hands on” approach Townline uses to raise their breeder flocks of 50,000 hens.

“It has always been and continues to be Townline’s goal to provide quality poultry with friendly, helpful service through using time tested techniques and applying new technology,” said Jennifer Tierney, Producer for American Farmer. “We look forward to enlightening our audiences on the topic.”

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Animal Ag Bites

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  • Stacy Fitzpatrick recently joined Vita Plus as a dairy specialist, where she will provide customized nutrition and management consulting to dairy producers in northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota, as well as offering dairy record analysis and cutting-edge technical expertise to help dairy producers meet their production goals.
  • Joe and Susanne Bush of Gatesville, Texas, were recently recognized by the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) as the newest inductees into the Honorary Angus Foundation at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Grand Island, Neb.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.
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New Talon Internship Accepting Applications

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AngusLogoBlack A new internship opportunity through The Angus Foundation and the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program is seeking interns to pair with working registered-Angus ranches for a valuable, hands-on, eight week educational experience during the summer starting in 2017.

Applications for both Talon scholarship recipients and for host breeders are available now, and can be accessed here. Applications are due Sept. 15.

Cam Cooper,of Talon Ranch, was a staunch supporter of agriculture’s youth and the founder of the Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Endowment Fund. A working Angus ranch will be paired by the endowment fund’s Advisory Committee with an interested college or graduate student, or even a recent graduate younger than 25, with preference given to students who have received a Talon scholarship.

“Cam’s vision for the Talon Youth Educational Learning Program was for it to be a holistic experience for students. They could come into the program as an undergraduate scholarship recipient — with the opportunity to continue through graduate school — and get real-world experience through this internship. She was a true champion for our Angus youth,” says Milford Jenkins, president of the Angus Foundation.

For more information or to apply for the internship, visit here.

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MS Drycare Available in US

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MS DryCare small MS DryCare, an active drying agent and hygiene powder, boasts an absorption capacity of more than 200%. It is unique, the first of its kind, and t’s now available in the US.

“With drastically reducing the pathogen pressure in the animal’s environment, we see tremendous results in terms of hygiene, animal welfare and technical results” says Mark Schippers, owner of MS Schippers and producer of MS DryCare.

DryCare has shown to create a dryer and warmer environment that will increase the rate of colostrum intake by newborn piglets, greatly reducing loss in the first week after birth.

MS Schippers, the makers of DryCare, have spent the past 50 years working on improving animal health and food safety, and reducing the need for antibiotic use while keeping their solutions profitable.

“MS Schippers and our hygiene powder are already in business in over 40 countries and after we’ve got several requests from the US, we decided to deliver there as well” tells Harrie Schippers, brother and co-owner of MS Schippers, “With a reduced pathogen pressure, you see that animals can allocate more energy for growth instead of fighting bacteria”.

To find your local dealer in the US where you can get MS DryCare, just surf to the website here.

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Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

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Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 7.18.23 AMChris Posbergh has been named the winner of the $3,000 Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial scholarship from the American Sheep Industry, with his research project on increasing efficiency in sheep production using genetics.

A is a Ph.D. student at New York’s Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in May 2015. He has two objectives: to identify genetic variants responsible for mature body size, and to identify genetic variants responsible for out of season lambing.

In the first part of his study, Posbergh hopes, “DNA markers can be developed to allow breeders to control selection for mature size earlier in a sheep’s life.” But it’s the second part of his project that could play an important role in the future of the sheep industry.

“By analyzing lambing records from flocks selecting for aseasonality, we identified individuals that consistently lambed or failed to lamb out of season,” he wrote in his scholarship application. “Using these 53 individuals, we ran a Genome Wide Association Study and have preliminary candidate genes. We are currently seeking more individuals from Dorset and Polypay flocks to add to this dataset and strengthen the associations we currently have. The long term goal is to develop genetic markers that breeders can use to select for ewes that are more likely to lamb out of season. Both of these objectives work toward increasing the efficiency of the industry by reducing maintenance costs associated with large size and increasing the productivity of ewes through year-round lambing.”

A New Jersey native, his first exposure to the sheep industry came when his dad brought home a bottle lamb from work. Posbergh went on to show sheep through 4-H and has counted Dorset and Romneys in his personal flock. He took the reigns as president of the American Romney Breeders Association in August of 2015. Most of his research work with sheep has focused on animal genetics. He’s also interested in natural wool colors, and hopes to incorporate a study of color into future work.

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NMPF Supports Investments to Improve Water & Air Quality

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NMPFThe National Milk Producers Federation endorses new Senate legislation that would help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies that can improve water and air quality and maximize the value of nutrients.

Senate Bill 3248, introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Finance Committee, mirrors legislation introduced by the House of Representatives in June. Like the House bill, S. 3248 will modify Section 48 of the tax code to make biogas systems and nutrient recovery technologies eligible for an already-existing 30 percent investment tax credit to cover capital costs. This needed policy change will help dairy farmers to reduce their environmental footprint, both on their farms and in their communities.

“Dairy farmers are environmentalists who realize the potential value of the nutrients they manage, but the cost of installing new technology often poses a major obstacle,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “We’re pleased that this bipartisan effort to help producers continue toward a sustainable farming future is now moving forward in both chambers.”

Dairy farmers and their industry partners continue to work to embrace the best possible environmental practices. In 2008, the dairy sector voluntarily set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fluid milk by 25 percent by 2020, and has since undertaken several projects intended to help meet that goal.

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JNHE Showmanship Champions Named

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JNHE-official-logo Melissa Grimmel of Jarrettsville, Md., was named the champion senior showman on July 9 at the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), held this year in Madison, Wis. The showmanship contest is sponsored by Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University.

The top 10 seniors were narrowed from a field of more than 100 entries. The finalists had to prove themselves both in the show arena and at the fitting chute.

Tayrn Adcock, of Assumption, Ill, was named reserve champion.

The other finalists were: third place – Kagney Collins, Flanagan, Ill.; fourth place – Brooke Jensen, Courtland, Kan.; fifth place – Mallory Espenschied, Taer, Iowa; sixth place – Cole Moore, Madill, Okla.; seventh place – Breck Debnam, Macomb, Ill.; eighth place – Mary Kline, Le Roy, Ill.; ninth place – Rebecca Moore, Madill, Okla.; and 10th place – Katy Tunstill, Fayetteville, Ark.

Tyler Allan of Schulenburg, Texas., was named champion in the intermediate division, and Chesney Effling, Highmore, SD., was reserve. Lillie Skiles of Dalhart, Texas, was champion in the junior division, and reserve was Mason Allan, Schulenburg, Texas.

Peewee showman champion was Caitlyn Skiles, Dalhart, Texas, and Brigham Kelley, Yukon, Okla., was reserve champion peewee.

Additional results

3rd place – Lauren May, Mineral Point, Wis.
4th place – Korbin Collins, Flanagan, Ill.
5th place – Noah Benedict, Dewey, Ill.
6th place – Lauren McMillan, Tiskilwa, Ill.
7th place – Bryden Barber, Channing, Texas.
8th place – Rhett Lowderman, Macomb, Ill.
9th place – Nicholas Torrance, Media, Ill.
10th place – Haley Bickelhaupt, Mount Carrol, Ill.

3rd place – Chancee Clark, Muldrow, Okla.
4th place – Emma Richardson, Capron, Ill.
5th place – Paige Lemenager, Hudson, Ill.
6th place -Karson Fahey, New Windsor, MD.
7th place – Kathryn Coleman, Modesto, Calif.
8th place – Kaylee McInvale, Royse City, Texas.
9th place – Tristan Fields, Wynona, Okla.
10th place – Alex Harris, Salado, Texas.

3th place – Aidyn Barber, Channing, Texas.
4th place – Cierra Collins, Chattanooga, Okla.
5th place – Fallon Gohr, Madras, Ore.
6th place – Kenidey Effling, Highmore, SD.
7th place – Kendall Boatman, Rockford, Ill.
8th place – Holly Shelton, Frederick, MD.
9th place – Jillian Emerson, Prairie Grove, Ark.
10th place – Kesler Collins, Flanagan, Ill.

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