Tricounty News

Prevent pig PED virus

Custom manure applicators asked to help prevent spread of pig PED virus

With the harvest season fast approaching, the field application of stored manure from animal facilities will soon follow. This year, pork producers need to be aware of the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) through equipment used to pump and apply manure on land.

This is important on all farms but especially those with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of the disease.

PED is a viral enteric disease affecting only swine; clinical symptoms are diarrhea, fever, vomiting and death (age dependent). PED was first detected in the United States this spring. PED can be spread through oral-fecal contact, manure contaminated boots, clothing, birds and wildlife, transport trailers, and other equipment.

Spread of the virus continues. As of Sept. 1, the disease had been confirmed on more than 500 U.S. swine herds. It’s both a good animal husbandry practice and a good neighbor policy for all pork farmers with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of PED to obtain a confirmed diagnosis. Then, establish enhanced biosecurity practices immediately to avoid spreading the virus among their own animals and/or to neighboring swine herds.

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Area farmers cope with drought conditions

You don’t need a rain gauge to tell you how dry it has been the past few months. Central Minnesota is in a severe drought and a pocket of land in the middle of the state is the worst of any.

But if you expect to find area farmers moping and complaining, you might be surprised.

Joe Krippner, who farms about 1,000 acres between St. Cloud and Pearl Lake, is a good example.

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Schiefelbein elected Angus delegate

130th annual meeting

Donald K. Schiefelbein of Kimball has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association®Convention of Delegates, Nov. 18, in Louisville, Ky., reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.

Schiefelbein, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 336 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 48 states, District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

The annual event is held in conjunction with the annual banquet and the Super Point Roll of Victory Angus show, Nov. 16-19, during the North American International Livestock Exposition.

The American Angus Association has nearly 25,000 active members and is the largest beef breed organization in the world.

Meeker County Fair names 4-H Champions

The following are the names and placings of the 2013 Meeker County Fair 4-H Champions. Listed are the project title, the placing (GC=Grand Champion, RC=Reserve Champion), followed by individual’s name and club. In this issue we are listing only the Kimball Kruisers (KK), and Valley Victors (VV).

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Protect pollinators while trying to protect your crops


Minimize the risk for bees!

Honey bees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields, especially during dry weather. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of these crops, it is important to consider minimizing the risk to these pollinators.

Bees are the most important pollinators of our fruits, vegetables, and crops including alfalfa hay that feed our farm animals. Honey bees and thousands of native bee species rely on the flowers they pollinate for good nutrition and health. Bees are being pushed to the tipping point by various factors, such as disruption of natural habitats, diseases and parasites, and widespread overuse of pesticides.

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