The cow goes where its nose goes: Part One

CEW-BF-MR-2-The-cow-goes37931by Sally Colby

Part 1: cattle handling basics

If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.

“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”

With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]

Cattlemen prepare for antibiotic regulations changes


Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]

Erie County 4-H goat meeting

CW-MR-Goat-meeting31by Anne Smith

On June 15, the Erie County 4-H had their annual goat fitting and showing meeting at The Steff Farm in East Concord, NY.

Two of the older experienced 4-Her’s taught goat fitting, such as trimming hooves, grooming, and show prep. The group practiced several moves that they would be doing during their shows in order to demonstrate to the judge their showmanship abilities.

A fun time was had by all. Everyone is excited to show at the fair this year! [Read more…]

Pasture tour links Delaware and Madison County farmers together

CE-MR-2-Pasture-tour11by Troy Bishopp

NORTH BROOKFIELD, NY — When’s it’s raining enough to spoil hay-making, a good way to get your mind off the weather is to go visit your neighboring farmers. It just so happened that these neighbors were two hours apart. The common thread for the linkage of Delaware County farmers with Madison County farmers was grazing management. [Read more…]