Feb 16: Delmarva Dairy Day

January 10, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Delmarva Dairy Day returns to Hartly Fire Hall in Hartly, Delaware this year on Thursday February 16, 2012 from 9:30 am- 2:30 pm.  The educational program features well known experts from across the region speaking on current issues facing the industry and an opportunity for nutrient management certification credits.

Marco Lopez from Vicor will be speaking on Optimal Parlor Techniques.  Jon Garber, from University of Pennsylvania will cover Protocols for Optimizing Somatic Cell Counts.  Following lunch by the Ladies Auxiliary and visiting with exhibitors and sponsors, Eric Young from the Miner Institute will talk about Best Nutrient Management Practices for the Crop, Cow and Farm followed by a talk from Eric Reid of Old Mill Troy on Maximizing Milk Production Through Forage Quality.  1.0 Delaware Nutrient Management certification credits will be awarded to attendees.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with dairy industry vendors throughout the day and the University of Delaware will be offering tastes of their University of Delaware Creamery ice cream, manufactured at the UDairy Creamery on campus from milk produced by the UD dairy herd located in Newark.

Program registration is free and open to any producer or industry professional on the shore however attendees are asked to RSVP to Carol Hrupsa, at (302) 730-4000 or carolm@udel.edu by February 3rd so that they have an accurate count for set up and lunches.  If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please notify Carol in advance so that your needs can be accommodated.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.  Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.  It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.


Livestock, Animal Preparations for Hurricane Irene

August 25, 2011 under CANR News

Livestock experts from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Delaware Department of Agriculture are encouraging livestock and animal owners to consider preparations for Hurricane Irene.  Updates will be posted here on CANR Connect and on the DDA homepage.

DDA has issued this press release in regards to livestock preparations: http://dda.delaware.gov/pressrel/2011/082511_HurricaneLivestock.pdf

Information for poultry growers is posted here: http://dda.delaware.gov/pressrel/2011/082511_Hurricane-DPI.pdf

Tips for companion animal (pet) owners is available here: http://dda.delaware.gov/pressrel/2011/082211_HurricaneSeasonPets.pdf


The Delaware State Fair is accepting horses for sheltering during the hurricane. There are a limited number of stalls, so you must call ahead prior to taking your horse(s).  FAIRGROUNDS PHONE NUMBER    302-398-3269  EXTENSION 203

Horse owners with low-lying pastures or barns or who expect flooding may consider moving horses off their property. If you are not expecting flooding of your animal area, or if you have high ground to which you can move your horses, please consider sheltering the horses in place (where they normally live).  If your horses are housed near coastal waters, and you are thinking about evacuating your home, you must call the fairgrounds BEFORE loading your horses.

The fairgrounds will be providing only stalls for the horses that are shelterd there. If you call the fairgrounds and they have room for your horse, you must bring your own bedding and feed for your horses. There will not be any feed or bedding at the fairgrounds for you to use.

If you wish to stay at the fairgrounds, that will be allowed. You will need to arrange your own care for your horses. There will not be anyone at the fairgrounds to care for your horses. You will need to take care of your own horses by giving them feed, bedding, and water every day. If you do not have anyone to care for your horses at the fairgrounds, DO NOT take them to the fairgrounds.

Additional equine resources will be posted and updated on UD’s Extension Equine blog.


Need a gift for a grad?

May 19, 2011 under CANR News

Know a Blue Hen who’s earning a sheepskin? Or need a gift for someone that’s distinctly Delaware. Think about a blanket made from the wool of University of Delaware sheep.

Blue Hen Blankets and Yarn, established in 2009, creates blankets and yarn, made from wool shorn from UD’s flock of Dorset sheep at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“Blue Hen Blankets make the perfect gift for graduation, special occasions of UD alumni and friends, or keeping warm during a Fightin’ Blue Hens football game,” says Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean.

Two blankets sizes are available: lap throws and queen-sized blankets. The un-dyed natural wool blankets are edged with blue in true UD spirit. Each blanket is labeled with an individual serial number. Profits from the sale of Blue Hen Blankets and Yarn help to support the undergraduate large animal teaching programs of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

The wool provided to the mill in 2010 produced 200 lap throws and 25 queen blankets.  Once these are sold, customers will have to wait until a future production date (yet to be determined).

Blankets and yarn are now for sale at the UDairy Creamery store.  Please visit the store’swebsite for store hours.

Customers can request a specific serial number from the stock (subject to availability) for a surcharge of $10 per item.

Customers who are not able to visit the Creamery and wish to buy a blanket, can complete a Blue Hen Blankets order form (PDF). Further instructions are given on the form.

A limited number of throws and blankets with prime serial numbers (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 11) have been reserved for an auction to occur later this year.  Prices may vary.

UD Dorset ewes are shorn each spring before going out to summer pasture. Each ewe produces about seven to eight pounds of wool. The wool is scoured (washed) and carded (combed) and can then be spun into yarn and woven into blankets.

The lap throws each require four pounds of wool and the queen-sized blankets each require 12 pounds of wool. Wool is a natural, sustainable fiber that is strong and durable, lightweight and breathable, but warm enough for the chilliest of days. A truly renewable resource, wool is the only fiber that is naturally fire-resistant.

For more information, visit the Blue Hen Blankets and Yarn website.