Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — It’s common knowledge that upstate New Yorkers do not always see eye-to-eye with their distant downstate cousins, and vice-versa.
After all, their lifestyles are wildly different. “Upstate” might be imagined by some people as totally rural, populated by endless miles of cows, farms and grassland, seemingly devoid of large cities or modern culture. “Downstate” is judged solely by impressions of the Big Apple, a mad frenzy of skyscrapers, harried office workers and endless traffic jams. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Livestock producers will be under closer scrutiny when it comes to some of the management tools they’ve been using for years, such as drugs for improved livestock performance, and it’s because of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).
Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, explained antibiotics for food animals are split into three categories: therapy, prevention/control and growth promotion. [Read more…]
DURHAM, NH — The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire will celebrate the opening of the new facility for the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (NHVDL) at a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility near the Macfarlane Greenhouses at Main Street and North Drive. Following a welcome from key personnel involved with the project, the public is invited to tour the facility. [Read more…]
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…]