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Dairy Cattle Science (4th Edition)
A fundamental source of information in agricultural education, this book is extremely reader-friendly and organized into specific, short topics within broad general sections. Its coverage encompasses the skills needed to be competitive in today’s industry, and emphasizes the need for possessing a healthy balance between understanding the scientific principles of dairy science and the practical art of implementing those principles. A nine-part organization covers the dairy industry, genetic improvement, dairy nutrition, dairy feeds, reproductive physiology, lactation physiology, dairy health and disease, dairy cow comfort, and integrating disciplines: dairy management systems. For individuals interested in the agricultural field.78% (15)
The Star Barn..my 50th in Explore...Thank You!! Have a Great New Year's Eve and Wishing You a Wonderful New Year
This farm is one my favorite places in the world. Origin of The Star Barn After the Civil War, in 1872 John Motter, a self-made man, purchased this location called the Walnut Hill Farm at auction for 19 thousand dollars. At the time, it consisted of 164 acres with a large stone farmhouse and minor outbuildings. Motter hired Daniel Reichert, a mortician as well as a master carpenter, to transform the farm. Reichert designed and constructed a rear ell addition to the farmhouse, a summer kitchen, chicken coop, carriage house/corncrib, pig barn, and the main barn structure. In addition to remodeling the farmhouse, Reichert also built a summer kitchen, a wood frame structure with four gables. It contained a stylized belfry with pointed arches centrally located on the roof. The summer kitchen was badly damaged by a 1980’s fire and was subsequently demolished. The John Motter Farm is the last known surviving barn constructed by Mr. Reichert. Motter’s new barn and all the outbuildings were constructed in the Gothic Revival style. Each of the buildings had characteristics of that style including cross gables, pointed arch ventilators, trefoil brackets, and spired cupolas. The Stars The stars on The Star Barn served an important function other than decoration. The stars were made of wood louvers that provided additional light and important air circulation for the drying of hay and other grains. Adorning many homes around Lancaster County in Pennsylvania are stars, which originated within the German farming community. Those farmers would often mount a large star-shaped decoration onto their barns. Its significance varied. Some farmers considered the stars good luck, like a horseshoe hung above a doorway; others viewed it as simply aesthetic and pleasing to the eye. Many barn stars, unique in their appearance, represented the trademark of the builder who constructed the barn. The tradition of the barn star in America can be traced back to the 1700’s, and to at least the 1870’s in Pennsylvania. Barn stars were most popular after the Civil War. The present-day Barn Star, now popular on homes of every size and shape, has come to mean an outward sign of good luck and good fortune. The Star Barn in the 20th Century The farm eventually passed onto the Nissley Family in 1925 and was converted to dairy farming. The change in farming production brought several changes to the farm, among which dramatically altering the lower level of the barn to accommodate cattle. However, with the process of raising a specialized farm product, many of the secondary buildings were no longer used for animals. The outbuildings were used primarily for storage of equipment. This neglect eventually caused severe decay to the small frame outbuildings because they were no longer integral components of the working twentieth century farm. Recent developments: Relocation! In 2000, the two non-profit organizations joined forces and funds to purchase The Star Barn Complex in order to save this endangered property. A large fund-raising campaign was held. During this time, I purchased a copy of a painting sold for fundraising. In 2007, The Star Barn was sold to another non-profit organization. Volunteers maintained upkeep on the main barn, but the outbuildings fell into even more grave disrepair. As of July 2008, plans are being developed to relocate this the Star Barn to Lebanon County. Each barn beam will be labeled with a steel plate as it is disassembled so that expert barn restorers and builders can precisely reassemble it. The barn will be restored and preserved as it looked in 1872 and then utilized as a public building for concerts, dinners, shows, a tourist attraction, and a community theater. The Star Barn is listed as a National Historic Landmark with the National Register of Historic Places.Dairy
Our Daily Challenge: Dairy This bowl of ice cream was just a bit too much but I got through it for the sake of art!
With nearly every supermarket now featuring an “organic” section, the demand for organically grown meat and dairy products has risen rapidly in recent years. Small farmers have taken note, and many more beginners are considering cattle as a viable farm commodity. Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle is the essential handbook for this growing audience.Related topics:
Heather Smith Thomas, a lifelong cattle rancher and author of several previous books for more experienced farmers, offers a succinct layperson’s guide to the basics of raising a small herd of cattle, whether for meat or dairy products. She outlines organic and natural farming methods and covers all the information needed to get started and be successful.
Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle encourages new and beginning farmers to start small, and start right. Thomas explains as simply as possible the basics of selecting and raising a calf, along with feeding, shelter, and care guidelines. She also covers breeding and calving, as well as tips for managing a herd throughout the seasons. There’s basic health care information for preventing disease and addressing common ailments. For those raising beef cattle, Thomas offers guidelines for butchering; for those raising dairy cattle, there are step-by-step guidelines on milking.
With a whole new generation returning to the farm who don’t have a family history of farming, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattleis a much-needed resource. Heather Smith Thomas has devoted her life to passing on the knowledge, understanding, and attitude necessary to become a successful farmer.
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