Farming Magazine - December, 2009


Dairy Update


Patterson to lead NY Dairy Industry Task Force
An Auburn, N.Y., dairy farmer was recently selected chair of the executive committee of the New York Dairy Industry Task Force. Connie Patterson of Patterson Farms was re-elected to a one-year term as chairperson.

The Task Force is an advisory group to the New York Center for Dairy Excellence, a farmer-led organization focused on the development and implementation of outreach programs to help dairy farmers increase profitability. The Center for Dairy Excellence is an initiative of the New York Farm Viability Institute.

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Left to right: Vice President Larry A. Tande, President Doug Maddox, Becky King, Jeff King, Jan King, Pandora Davis and CEO John M. Meyer

Holstein Association USA Updates
Jan and Jeff King of Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, Schuylerville, N.Y., are Holstein Association USA’s 2009 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders. Kings-Ransom Farm milks 900 Registered Holsteins and farms 2,450 acres. Milking three times per day, their herd currently averages 27,132 pounds of milk, 988 pounds of fat and 844 pounds of protein. They are also quick to credit their wives and families as key members of the Kings-Ransom team. Jan and his wife, Pandora Davis, have two children, Nathaniel, 4, and Hannah, 2. Jeff and his wife, Becky, have three children, Johnathan, 9, Adam, 7, and Lauren, 4.

Holstein Association USA also recognizes the recipients of its 2009 Herd of Excellence designation: Tim Baker, Star-Summit Holsteins, Byron Center, Mich.; Joseph Brantmeier, Hilrose Holsteins, Sherwood, Wis.; Jeffrey and Kate Hendrickson, Jeffrey-Way Holsteins, Belleville, Wis.; Jay and James Houser, Barbara Kerstetter and Karen Aumen, Penn-Dell Farms, Spring Mills, Pa.; Allen Johnson, Jafral Holsteins, Hamptonville, N.C.; Jan Jurbala, Spotlite-J Holsteins, Orangeville, Pa.; Bruce and Brenda Long, B-Long Holsteins, New London, Wis.; Paul, Tom and Tim Schmitt, Morningview Holsteins, Durango, Iowa; Jake and Sallianne Tanis, Ideal Holsteins, Centre Hall, Pa.; Benjamin and Carolyn Turner, Maplelane-Manor Farm, Apulia Station, N.Y.; and Clint and Heidi Zank, Ridge-Place Holsteins, Neillsville, Wis.

The 2010 Holstein Association USA award applications are now available online. These awards recognize notable members, breeders and friends of the association. Please note the new application deadline for the Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder and Distinguished Leadership Award. Applications are due to the national office by February 28, 2010. Additionally, the Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship awards $3,000 to a qualified individual pursuing their MBA at an accredited university. Applications for this scholarship are due to the Holstein office by April 15, 2010. For more information on any of these awards, or to obtain an application, visit, contact the national office at 800-952-5200 or check with your state association.

Finally, Dennis Wolff, Millville, Pa., is the 2009 recipient of Holstein Association USA’s Distinguished Leadership Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a career of providing outstanding and unselfish leadership for the betterment of the dairy industry. Wolff spent many years as a dairyman in Pennsylvania, developing his operation, Pen-Col Farms, into a globally recognized prefix by pioneering embryo exports, marketing genetics to over 30 countries around the world. In 2003, Wolff was confirmed as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture. Since then, he has put in place many state initiatives to help safeguard and grow the dairy industry. During his tenure, he created the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force and developed a strategic plan to ensure a stable future for their state dairy industry.

New Products

Smarter Sand
Pro-Act Biotech introduces SandSmart, a biological product that allows dairy farmers to reuse their sand bedding after cleaning. SandSmart is designed specifically for sand-bedded dairy farms and is best used in a flush or flush flume manure system. The product is applied periodically to the last lagoon from which dairy draws its flush water.

Keep ’Em Watered
J&D Mfg. now carries a full line of polyethylene livestock waterers and tip tanks. The polyethylene won’t pit, crack, deteriorate, rust or corrode. The rounded, tapered basins won’t collect dirt or manure in corners. Waterers feature a stainless steel probe that extends into the water with ground wire to help prevent stray voltage. Models range from a 2.9-gallon, single-sided unit to a 70-gallon, 12-foot waterer with a maximum dairy cow usage of 250 head. Most models are available with or without a submersible heater.