Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
CENTRAL SCHOOL, NC — “We’ve just gone back in time,” said Sam Dobson, describing the change his family’s dairy has gone through in becoming organic.
“We’re working ground again, cultivating, using a higher seed population,” he said, of the strategies he and his father Jim are using to control weed pressure in the crop fields. “The cool thing is, we had the equipment on hand. That’s what I grew up doing.” [Read more…]
Harvesting hay can be very dangerous: A 61-year-old catches his sweatshirt in a hay baler and is killed. A 43-year-old farmer catches his arm in the PTO of a self-unloading wagon. The amputated arm cannot be reattached because it is mangled too badly. A 57-year-old man dies of internal injuries when caught in a hay baler. A 50-year-old is crushed to death by a load of hay that topples from a farm wagon as a flat tire is being changed. An 18-year-old falls into the beaters of a self-unloading wagon. Almost two hours go by before the victim is found. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]
The beginning of Suzanne and Steve Messmer’s journey into cheese making started as a favor. A family that lived nearby them in the town of Interlaken, NY owned Lively Run Goat Dairy and wanted to take a trip abroad. They asked the Messmers if they would be willing to tend to their goat herds while they were gone. [Read more…]
The Erie County Fair is now just a great memory for the members of the Erie County 4-H Livestock Program. Exhibiting their livestock projects at the fair was the culmination of hours of care and work, and the fun and comradery were bonuses to a successful show. This year, 4-Hers in the sheep program were able to help with a great community project as well. [Read more…]
Central New York’s Farm Progress Show began 40 years ago with fewer than a dozen displays. This year more than 100 exhibitors took part in the annual event, which is hosted by the Leonard Gilbert Family at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk, NY.
“The show this year was one of the largest shows to date,” said Dick Presky, President of the CNY Farm Progress Show. “Many new items were displayed this year — such as expanded disc mowing machines, new excavators, new tractors with ultra-modern transmissions, remote control tractors and harvesters, and different types of drones to be used as surveyors and for laying out fields to be used by remote tractors.” [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Consumers are more aware and concerned about the use of antibiotics in livestock than ever before, and some of those concerns are valid.
Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, says that many factors led to the veterinary feed directive or VFD; a topic of much discussion lately among livestock producers.
“It all started back in the 1960s with the concerns about the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock,” said Apley. “There have been numerous reports and studies through that time, waxing and waning, and interest continues to build now.” [Read more…]