Keeping up with the veterinary feed directive ~ Part two: What can producers expect now and in the future

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…]

Public welcome to visit new facility for NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

CN-RP-1-NH-NEW-VET-LAB_11Open House set for Oct. 14

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…]

Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CN-FH-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

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…]

Jim and Sam Dobson use wisdom of the past to thrive in the market of today

CM-MR-2-SAM-DOBSON_1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

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…]

Farm Safety Tip – Hay Harvest Safety

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…]