BROOKFIELD, NY — The late Frank Chesebro who inhabited the old Skaneateles Turnpike which ran from Crumb Hill off Route 20 in Hubbardsville into the Town of Brookfield, used to say he enjoyed seeing droves of cattle, turkeys and horse traffic come over “Round Top”, one of Madison County’s loftiest hills. It’s been said, “It took tough folks to settle this tough hill country.” [Read more…]
The Raucher family at Heritage Farm in Easthampton, MA, bought and sold horses for three generations.
Marie and Jerry Raucher were the first generation at the farm. Marie passed away on Jan. 20, 2017. Jerry passed away in 2003. Their love of horses carries on through their children by selling horses at auctions, offering them for riding and supplying 40 to 50 horses for summer camps. [Read more…]
Farming can be a real balancing act — and with soil, that’s no metaphor.
Farms that concentrate too many animals in one area can cause problems for their soil if they have insufficient means of exporting the manure they produce, according to Karl Czymmek, Cornell PRO-DAIRY program senior extension associate. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The best of dairy breeds including Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns from several states congregated in the Toyota Coliseum on New York State Fairgrounds at Syracuse, for the four-day, NY 2017 Spring Dairy Carousel; known as the most prestigious and largest spring show in the northeast. [Read more…]
by Paul Burdziakowski
Those who attended the 2017 North American Alpaca Show (NAAS) from March 31 to April 2 were treated to not just one, but three separate events under the roof of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The two additional shows included as part of this year’s package were the Northeast Alpaca Expo (NEAE) and the Bay State Small Breeders Blast (BSSBB). [Read more…]
by Rebecca Long Chaney
ASHLAND, KS — “The rancher we helped told me it reminded her of the dirty 30s and Dust Bowl,” said Rianna Chaney, 13, formerly of Thurmont, MD. “Because there were no trees left and just sand, and that’s what it looks like now.”
Rianna joined nine other 4-H members from her Pride of the Prairie 4-H Club and two 4-H moms from Elwood, NE, to help ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires that swept across Clark County, KS, destroying nearly half a million acres on March 6 in just hours. Pastures were burned, homes were lost, thousands of miles of fencing were destroyed, equipment was burned and one trucker tragically was killed. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The importance of cow comfort is not only an animal welfare concern: it impacts productivity, longevity, and the bottom line at the dairy. Comfortable cows are not only cows free from pain, they are cows that are housed in an environment that maximizes their genetic potential. The Cow Comfort Conference, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team, was recently held in Syracuse, NY. The conference offered participants a comprehensive overview of dairy cow comfort concerns facing the industry. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Are genetically engineered crops and pest management a silver bullet in plant breeding or just another tool in the toolbox?
“As a plant breeder, this is probably the single biggest topics that people want to hear about,” explained Dr. Margaret Smith, Professor of Plant Breeding, Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. [Read more…]