Tricounty News

Schiefelbein Angus Farm ranked first

First in Angus registrations for Minnesota during 2013

Schiefelbein Angus Farm, Kimball, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Minnesota, having recorded 557 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2013 registered 388,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our year-end statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidify our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry,” Schumann says. “These results underscore our members’ commitment to providing genetic solutions to the beef cattle industry.”


4-H awards celebration announcement

The 2013 Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The 2013-2014 Meeker County 4-H Federation Officer Team will be installed at this time, along with awarding scholarships, volunteer awards, club officer awards, and many others. Ice cream floats will be served following the announcement of awards. If you have any questions, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275. We hope to see you there.


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.


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.


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.