Cold weather calves

CEWM-MR-3-Cold weather3271by Sally Colby

Throughout the hot summer months, those who care for dairy calves concern themselves with issues such as flies, excess heat, ventilation and fluid intake. Now that winter weather has arrived, calf care requires a somewhat different set of standards. While some calf care parameters are the same, cold weather care starts with ensuring that calves are warm and dry.

Every animal has a thermo neutral zone, or TNZ. Technically speaking, TNZ is the range of ambient temperature without regulatory changes in metabolic heat production or evaporative heat loss. More simply, it’s the environment in which the calf doesn’t lose energy trying to stay warm or cool. [Read more…]

Leave it better than you found it

CE-MR-1-Graulich3486by Steven E Smith

Looking into the eyes of experience, dedication and commitment, a visit with Arthur Graulich of Sharon Springs, NY is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of successful farming and capture of glimpse of what can be accomplished when a farmer makes stepping up to the challenge an essential part of his long career.

Arthur’s eyes shimmered and he sat up even a little straighter in his chair as he described the family’s latest land purchase. “As our farm motto goes, leave it better than you found it. I love to purchase a farm and then take the steps to bring the land to its highest potential. Installing tile drainage and applying lime have been profitable management practices for us. I have had the privilege of buying seven different farms and working at it to make those improvements to the land. I really enjoy that part of farming.” [Read more…]

In memory of Mark Wesley Lee

C4-MR-4-Mark Lee CMr. Mark W. Lee , 52, of Cunningham Road, Canajoharie, NY, passed away at the Mountain Valley Hospice House in Gloversville, NY, early Monday morning, Dec. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mark was born on July 7, 1962, in Cooperstown, NY, he was the son of Frederick W. Lee, Jr., and the late Carole A. Lee. He attended Canajoharie High School and was a lifelong area resident. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor: We must preserve our Federal Milk Marketing orders

Recently, an editorial was sent to me that appeared in the Utica Observer Dispatch on Nov. 8. The editorial appears to be approximately the same as an editorial that appeared in the New York Post in late October.

The gist of the editorial starts out by attempting to analyze why Chobani, Inc., decided to build a new, large yogurt plant in the state of Idaho rather than expand their operations in the state of New York. [Read more…]