BURDETT, NY – Jim Curatolo has been described as an entrepreneur, an outlier, a maverick, a conservationist and to his closest friends, “The Wetland Jesus”. His new title of “retired” probably won’t have him relaxing in a chair for long, but rest assured his 20 year legacy of putting projects on the ground will last a lifetime.
Avoiding financial pitfalls while making every penny count during times of instability in the dairy industry, were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.
Speakers Jason Karszes, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Program Department of Animal Science Cornell University; Sandy Buxton, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist, and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen wrapped up the meeting. [Read more…]
EAST SYRACUSE, NY – The revolution slowly occurring in Americans’ healthcare coverage could be filtering down to the farms.
Hospitals and doctors are being judged now on quality of care and discharges, not on the number of patients they treat. Efficiency is about reducing the number of patients who need to be treated and/or have to be hospitalized.
However, we’re not talking about farmers now, but about the health of their animals.
As new innovative feeding practices evolve over time in the beef industry questions are bound to surface regarding their possible impact on the human food chain and issues regarding animal welfare. In a condition noted in several large-scale slaughterhouses during the summer of 2013 processed cattle showed a reluctance to move, immobility and difficulty breathing at a level above that which would have been considered normal in previous years. The recent issues regarding the long term use of antibiotics as feed additives prompted a careful look at other additives that have found their way into feeding programs throughout the industry.
A few days before Christmas, people were stopping by McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery to pick up last minute gifts — maple syrup, the farm dairy’s own chocolate milk, ice cream cakes and even homemade ice cream, available in 25 flavors from Barnyard Blast to Caramel Brownie Swirl. Part of the year-round petting zoo, the ducks and geese swimming in the duck pond greeted customers. [Read more…]