Don’t bet the farm on computer security

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Crop plans, CSA members, emails and farm expenses are just some of the critical files on our computers these days. Has a friend’s computer or mobile device been hacked? Do you know someone who was a victim of identity theft or had a hard drive crash? Did you learn from their misfortune? [Read more…]

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

CE-MR-1-CATTLEMEN-PREPARE1by Tamara Scully

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…]