The story of Skip and Vicki Watt’s small farm outside of Greenville, NY is something of a love story. When the two fell in love just a decade ago and bought the property off of West Road, there was a small log cabin and nothing more. [Read more…]
LEBANON, NY — Autumn in New York ushers in brilliant leaf color, bushels of golden winter squash, corn chopping and coincidently, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training Month. The role for beef and dairy farmers in producing New York’s #1 protein by concentrating on animal husbandry and stewardship rarely changes with the seasons. [Read more…]
Quentin and Anita Shirk moved with their family and their breeding ewes from a smaller farm in southeastern PA to their current 100 acres in New Columbia in northern Union County in 2010. With the move, they gained plenty of space for pasture rotation; wooded sections of pastures for shade for their sheep; 3 natural water sources; and top-quality (river bottom) soil, which benefits both their pastures and their produce operation. [Read more…]
Visitors might have thought they had been magically transported to Peru or Bolivia when they entered the llama barn at the Big E. After all, the Big E is the Disneyland of animals and livestock. Llamas and alpacas of all shades and their young were in abundance and being cared for by their owners, being readied for showing. Rather than the llamas guarding their livestock, some owners slept in sleeping bags guarding their llamas. [Read more…]
The first of three, free, incubator workshops focusing on added value dairy products offered by Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) took place on Oct. 3.
“Dairy farmers are currently having a difficult time covering the costs of production,” said CADE’s Executive Director Rebecca Morgan. “Dairy value added product development makes sense as a more viable direction for many dairy farmers. [Read more…]