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4-H Dairy Project Bowl


Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

What compartment of the cow's stomach is referred to as the "paunch"? What does MO stand for? Name four management practices that can prevent navel illness in newborn calves. What does IBR stand for?

If you can answer any of these questions, and buzz in quick enough, you might be ready for the 4-H Dairy Project Bowl! Those questions were favorites of two-time state champion Junior Dairy Project Bowl Champion Team members from Fillmore County Team A, Haely Leiding-13, Kayla Leiding-13, Jared Troendle-11 and Travis Troendle-13.

Not only does Fillmore County have the state champion team, but also the fourth place team! Fillmore County Team B, consisting of Abby Hopp-12, Megan Hopp-9, Stephanie Sukalski-13, and Coltin Wingert-10, also qualified and did an outstanding job representing Fillmore County!

The road to the state championship started approximately three years ago when Fillmore County 4-H began its Project Bowl team. Under the guidance of coaches Stacy Leiding and Chris Troendle, the teams met weekly each Sunday afternoon to practice beginning the last week in December for about an hour and a half.

Studying for the project bowl topics requires knowledge of topics including: feeding, diseases, judging, showing rules, important dates, breed history, dairy processing industry information as well as other information listed in provided references. Questions are gathered from previous project bowl competitions and the 4-Hers are quizzed on their knowledge.

While they study all areas, the members of Team A explained that they each have areas of expertise: Jared's area is ruminant nutrition/digestion; reproduction, vitamins and minerals are Haely's focus; Kayla also concentrates on vitamins and minerals; and diseases are Travis' specialty.

At practices it is important to learn the knowledge but also to learn how to use the buzzers. Buzzers are used, like on Jeopardy. Travis Troendle explained, "You don't want to buzz in too quickly because they may have changed the words to a question."

The first competition of the season was an invitational held in Rochester in January as a fun, friendly warm-up contest. It is a great chance to learn how to use the buzzers and the format of the contest. A bit complicated to explain briefly, the first round has 16 questions directed with each team member having a chance to answer 4 questions against an opposing team member. The second round has questions that anyone .....
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The Wingert family

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

For the Wingert family in Harmony, farming is a part of their history, and has been a part of their entire lives. They are now sharing this life with their children, and passing the love of farming on to them.

Jim and Randi Wingert both grew ..... 
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Dairy Statistics

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

America's dairy industry is more than milk. It's jobs and economic activity for the people of our country. It's also a way of life for more than 60,000 farm families.

William Hoard, founder of Hoard's Dairyman magazine and former Wisconsin ..... 
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Got Milk? I mean, "goat" milk?

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

June is National Dairy Month. Undoubtedly, the word dairy itself conjures up some image of a bovine, likely a large, black and white Holstein. However, estimates indicate that 70-80 percent of the world population consumes not creamy cow's milk, but ..... 
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"Welcome, Locals!" Lanesboro Farmer's Market opens June 2

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Wednesday afternoons in Lanesboro the local farmer's market honors and caters to local trade. "We set up a special preview market every Wednesday from June through September to make it easy for area residents to shop, visit and avoid the Saturday cr ..... 
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Quality is King for U.S. Farmland Buyers Keeping Prices Near Their Peaks

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Despite the uncertain mood still present in many economic sectors, the U.S. farmland market remains steady to strong thanks to continued investor interest in high quality land. In recent months, the demand for high quality farmland has increased, whi ..... 
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Sign up for a new Conservation Stewardship Program

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a sign-up for the 2010 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the sign-up/ranking period to end June 11, 2010 in Minnesota.

The Conservati ..... 
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June is dairy month; be sure to thank a dairy farmer!

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul (June 1, 2010) - June is a month to celebrate the dairy farming industry in Minnesota - dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health.



"The dairy indus ..... 
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2010 crop test plots

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spri ..... 
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