A new era of regulation

CM-MR-2-A new era 1by Steve Wagner
At the 45th Cattle Feeder’s Day held at Lancaster, PA’s Farm and Home Center on Jan. 28, Penn State Extension Veterinarian Dr. Dave Wolfgang fielded questions at the end of his presentation on wise use of antibiotics. In his talk, he referenced what he called a new era of regulation. Because some farmers see regulation as the enemy or as over-regulation or even regulatory over-reach, Wolfgang went on the record as saying that exacting records keeping can only protect the farmer. [Read more…]

Cold an extra challenge as Kegley Farms adopts new Lely robotic milking system

CM-MR-3-Cold 2by Karl H. Kazaks

PULASKI, VA — “We knew it was going to be a transition,” said Bill Kegley. “The cold weather has made it that much more of a challenge.”

On Oct. 22, Kegley Farms opened a new milking barn with four Lely Astronaut milkers. Since then, the farm — like much of eastern part of the nation — has experienced a number of unusually cold days, with air temperatures dropping on several occasions to below zero. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau president discusses members’ priorities for 2014

CEW-MR-2-NYFB pres Nort#40Aby Pat Malin

ALBANY, NY — Moments after concluding a conference call with reporters on Jan. 29, New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) president Dean Norton was pleased to hear that the U.S. House of Representatives had passed a five-year farm bill, also known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.

Norton said he was “very happy with most of the items in the farm bill… When it comes to dairy, we got 85 percent of what we asked for.” [Read more…]

Tradition spurs big crowd at Miller’s Mills Ice Harvest

CE-MR-7-Millers Mills7cMiller’s Mills, NY — Families from all over New York drove, snowmobiled and skated their way to the concisely cut checkerboard of ice on Unadilla Lake in Herkimer County for what many call, an absolute wintertime necessity.

The community of residents, grange and church volunteers, teamsters, fire and ambulance personnel and local highway departments welcomed guests to an abundant ice harvest averaging over 14 inches per 200 pound block. Founded in 1790 by Andrew Miller and his six sons who ran a gristmill and sawmill from the sacred headwaters, the kind folks of Herkimer County have upheld the importance and nostalgia of old-time refrigeration and the tools to get the job done. [Read more…]

Pullis Family To Host Barn Meeting

The O-H-M (Otsego, Herkimer, Montgomery Counties) Holstein Club is pleased to announce that their 2014 winter barn meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 at Roedale Farm in Richfield Springs, NY from Noon to 3PM. A complimentary lunch will be served throughout the afternoon and all are invited to attend. [Read more…]