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Muskegon River walleye egg collection to occur this spring


 

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Muskegon River anglers that Fisheries Division personnel will be taking walleye eggs below Croton Dam this spring.

The DNR plans to collect approximately 62 million walleye eggs from the Muskegon River in 2014 that will result in 13.4 million fry for transfer to rearing ponds throughout the Lower Peninsula. These walleye will be raised to fingerling size and stocked in late spring or early summer in lakes and rivers throughout the state.

Lake Michigan walleye populations in the Lower Peninsula depend on the fingerlings produced from Muskegon River eggs, as well as many inland lakes in the Lower Peninsula. The size of the walleye spawning run in the Muskegon River is presently about 40,000 to 50,000 each year. DNR crews will strip milt and eggs from approximately 700 adult fish, which will be returned to the river, except for 60 that will be sent to Michigan State University for fish health testing.

“This adult population consists of mostly stocked fish,” said Rich O’Neal, fisheries biologist for the Central Lake Michigan Management Unit. “The Muskegon River has the largest run of walleye in the Lake Michigan watershed south of Green Bay.”

The DNR plans to collect walleyes with an electro-fishing boat beginning as early as the week of March 24 and concluding by April 15. Eight days of fish collections are planned during this period. The actual date when collections will begin depends on water temperatures and the presence of ripe fish. This schedule can change on a daily basis for many reasons, but it is anticipated most work will be completed during the last week of March through the second week of April.

Sampling using electro-fishing usually begins each day at Croton Dam at about 8:30 a.m. and proceeds downstream to the Pine Street access site. If more eggs are needed, additional collections may occur downstream to the Thornapple Street access site.

Egg collection and fertilizing is conducted at the Pine Street access site, about 2 miles downstream of Croton Dam. This process generally begins between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to observe how the eggs are removed from the fish and fertilized before they are packed and shipped to Wolf Lake and Platte River state fish hatcheries.

Anglers who wish to avoid the walleye collection activities should fish downstream of the areas of the river previously noted. The DNR asks anglers to exhibit caution when fishing near the electro-fishing boats. Wading anglers will be asked to exit the water when the boat approaches to ensure anglers’ safety during the electro-fishing work. The DNR appreciates angler cooperation during this critical egg take operation.
Learn more about fisheries management and fishing opportunities at the DNR website www.michigan.gov/fishing.

 

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Two students place in dairy challenge


Meredith Woodward of Cedar Springs, and Emily Elmer, of Sparta, both placed

Ninety-nine Michigan State University students applied what they’ve learned during the 14th annual MSU Dairy Challenge November 20 and December 4, with two area students placing among the top students in their divisions.

The comprehensive two-day project assigned students to teams to evaluate a working dairy farm and develop recommendations for improvement, which are then presented to a panel of judges that included the dairy’s owners.

Hillhaven Farms, Inc., of Edmore, a fourth-generation family dairy farm owned by Mike and Sonja Rasmussen, hosted the farm evaluation portion of this year’s competition, on November 20. Team presentations and an awards banquet took place December 4 at MSU.

On the first day of the challenge, contestants go on-site to the dairy farm to meet and talk with t he owners, review farm records, and observe farm operations, including feeding and nutrition, animal health, milking procedures and reproduction. Teams then develop a series of written recommendations for the farm owners to implement to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability. The following week, each team presents its findings orally to a panel of judges, which includes the farm’s owners, the herd veterinarian, industry representatives and MSU faculty members. Final scores are tallied based on points received from the oral presentation and responses to judges’ questions.

Students competed on four or five member teams in one of three divisions: novice, advanced and AgTech. Top placing team members in each division received a monetary prize.

Emily Elmer, an animal science sophomore from Sparta, was a member of the third place team in the novice division and received $10. Novice division consisted of MSU students with no prior experience in the Dairy Challenge and little experience in dairy-related courses.

Meredith Woodward, an animal science senior from Cedar Springs, was a member of the team that placed second in the advanced division and received $20. Those competing in that division had taken an Advanced Dairy Cattle course, and may have had previous experience in the Dairy Challenge.

“Students enjoy the chance to apply what they’re learning in class, and come back again later in their undergraduate careers, including as production animal scholars in veterinary school,” said Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen, MSU associate professor of animal science. “Our judges can see how the students improve from their first year when they may have been freshmen to their senior year when they’re participating for their third or fourth time.”

She also thanked the Rasmussen family for hosting the event, citing the partnership between Michigan dairy producers, companies, and or organizations that make the event possible and show the industry’s commitment to training future dairy producers.

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Congratulations Alana Kincaid


Randy and Dawn Kincaid are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Alana Kincaid. On May 4, 2012, Alana graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She now holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and her family is proud to be able to call her Dr. Kincaid. Alana has accepted a full time associate veterinarian position at VCA Woodland Animal Hospital in Kentwood, Michigan.

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Girls State held in Lansing


Girls State delegates from Cedar Springs are Corey Willette (left) and Kayla Ovokaitys (center right). Also pictured are American Legion Auxiliary Past President Mary Goller Kilts (center left) and Mary Anne Yuncker (right), American Legion Auxiliary Department of Michigan first Vice President, both of Cedar Springs.

Girls State is held every June in Lansing, Michigan, on the campus of Michigan State University. The girls who attend are between their junior and senior year in high school. They are sponsored by our local Auxiliary and also by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club.

Girls State offers training in the practical processes of good citizenship, as practiced in a democratic society. The “citizens” study local, county and state governments. But it’s not all work and studying. The girls get to live on campus and experience dorm life; they spend a day at the State Capital; they have talent shows, sing, and make friendships to last a lifetime.

Scholarships are available and college credit is offered. Contact your American Legion Auxiliary if this interests you. Our own city manager, Christine Burns, addressed the girls this year. We are happy for her participation and support of this vital and worthy program.

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