Agri-science schools and the FFA experience

CN-MR-38-2-agri-science-schoolsby Lorraine Strenkowski                

With your farm child already amazingly proficient at chores, field work and animal science; you look toward their future. Choosing a high school can be a difficult decision. Magnet schools, technical schools, performing arts or vocational schools are all valid choices. Is it worth going to an agri-science school when your child is showing great success here on the farm already? [Read more…]

Local dairy farm conserves grassland bird habitat

CN-RP-25-3-Local-dairy-farm3In a first-time partnership effort, Gold Top Dairy Farm of Knox Ridge collaborated with the Somerset and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation Districts this summer to conserve more than 40 acres of active hayland as grassland bird habitat. Gold Top Farm is run by brothers Mike and Greg Ingraham and their wives Jackie and Shirley, Greg’s son, Isaac and employee, Alex Green. The farm, started in 1876 and now on its fourth generation, is an icon in the town of Knox, and consists of 1,400 acres. The Ingrahams milk 400 cows. [Read more…]

Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

Creamery “fits the mold” at Lime Kiln Farm

CE-MR-3-LimeKiln6911by Samantha Graves

When Brent Zimmerman went on a vacation to Italy in 1991, he never expected the return trip would take 23 years. Nor could he have anticipated how an elderly Italian woman who had lost her sight would nurture Zimmerman’s gift for cheese making and help launch him into a successful creamery business.

“I always knew I would end up on a farm,” said Zimmerman. “I just didn’t think it would be in Italy.” [Read more…]

Pro-Dairy Summer Dairy Reproduction Update explores voluntary waiting periods

CE-MR-3-Pro-Dairy-Summer3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.

Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.

Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]