No-till: It’s just so easy

CN-DY-26-3-No-till3The 400 acres of hay ground and 220 acres of corn at Fairfield Dairy Farm in Williamstown, MA are set among sweeping vistas of the Berkshire Hills. The beauty belies the challenges faced by the five generations of the Galusha family who have farmed this rugged land. Jay Galusha, who, with other family members, milks 240 cows, has found a solution with the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. [Read more…]

Beef cattle disease

by Tamara Scully

The Veterinary Feed Directive, going into effect fully in Jan. 1, 2017, will change the way producers handle some common treatments for diseases. Any medically important antibiotics will have to be prescribed by a veterinarian. But before cattle get sick, vaccination is a preventative step available for many diseases.

Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, recently discussed common cattle diseases, prevention and treatments. The top disease concerns, ranging in severity, are: bovine respiratory disease; diarrheal disease; reproductive disease; and muscoskeletal disease. Vector diseases, transmitted by a bite, typically from a fly or tick, are also of concern. [Read more…]

Volunteer firefighters take initiative for tractor rollover preparedness

CE-MR-3-SOUTH-MINDEN-colorby Michael Wren

SOUTH MINDEN, NY — Living in a rural farming community definitely has its advantages. Fresh air, friendly people, and room to stretch your legs to name a few perks. However, with farming and working with heavy machinery, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. And when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong. This forethought is exactly why the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department decided to take a preventative strike against farm accidents, mainly tractor rollovers. They enrolled in a Farmedic class taught by Erik Merrell, an instructor working with McNeil & Co., a specialized risk management insurance company from Cortland, to learn how to properly handle a real life catastrophe. [Read more…]