Hampshire College in Amherst, MA was the site of the 2016 National Conference of The Livestock Conservancy in November. In the mid-seventies a group of concerned individuals met to discuss the future of the many breeds of livestock that were fading from the scene for a wide range of reasons. This alarming trend prompted the group to form the American Minor Breeds Conservancy dedicated to the preservation of all domestic livestock whose numbers were dwindling and possibly threatened with extinction. [Read more…]
ST. ALBANS, VT — Santa traded in his sleigh for a tractor at the third annual holiday tractor parade that was held on Friday, Dec. 9. Crowds gathered to watch the parade of over 45 farm tractors decorated for the season with holiday lights and more as they made their way from the farm fields to Main Street. [Read more…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
ONEONTA, NY — The lovable, iconic dog, Snoopy, will forever be remembered for saying, “Keep looking up, that’s the secret to life.” For New York farmers and communities along the creeks, rivers and tributaries that feed the mighty Susquehanna River Basin and finally the Chesapeake Bay, the water quality is also getting a thumb’s up. [Read more…]
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, over 150 people descended on Shenandoah Valley Simmentals for Lisa Zirkle’s eighth annual production sale. The Shenandoah’s Shining Stars Bull Sale featured 71 bulls and 5 females, almost entirely purebreds from the herd Zirkle has developed since the mid-1970’s, along with some SimAngusTM. Buyers from a half a dozen states were in attendance, with buyers as far away as the Great Plains participating in the video auction. [Read more…]
Central New York has become a hot spot for beef production over the past year with dairy prices driving farmers to reconsider where their profit is coming from, and T&F Ross Beef Farm is one farm where raising cattle for beef has proven to be successful.
Fred, Sr. and Peggy Ross moved their family of five children from Dorance, PA, where they raised beef, to Edmeston, NY, to start up a dairy farm and raise their family. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the forecast for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017.
“U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to rise to the challenge of supplying the world with high-quality, American-grown products. At a projected $134 billion in 2017, U.S. farm exports continue to rally and remain on the record-setting pace of the past eight years. [Read more…]