CNY beef farmers anxious to seek expert advice

CE-MR-1-Collins-Farm41by Pat Malin

SAUQUOIT, NY — Cattle farmers from central New York welcomed a rare opportunity to network and get a hands-on talk from an expert on Aug. 21 at Good Time Farm.

A group of about 30 beef producers attended an early evening presentation by Dr. Mike Baker, PhD, PAS, of Cornell University at the invitation of Good Time owner Marylynn Collins, who is a specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. [Read more…]

High-risk season for HPAI

CE-MR-3-PA-AVAIN_08561by Steve Wagner

Insiders call it High Path AI. Yet, if it is high path, why hasn’t avian flu yet reached Pennsylvania? That was the question I put to PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding prior to his chairing of a town hall style seminar titled Preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza [HPAI] at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. “It is H5N2,” Redding said. “What we know at this point is that it does not like hot weather. [Read more…]

20th anniversary of Beef Day at the fair sizzles with pride

CE-MR-BF-2-Cook-off41by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY — As fairgoers pushed their way through the turn-styles on Sept. 1 at The Great New York State Fair, their nostrils were immediately filled with the grilling smells of onions, spices and ground beef wafting from the Chevy Court pavilion. Yes, Virginia, it’s the 20th anniversary of Beef Day. [Read more…]

Is your hayride safe?

GM-XM-MR-2-Safe-Hayride62921by Sally Colby

A hayride accident that resulted in the death of a young woman and injury to at least 20 others last fall on a Maine farm garnered national attention, especially among those who look forward to fall- and Christmas-themed attractions hosted by farms.Bill Fetherolf, co-owner of Pioneer Evergreen Farms in Orwigsburg, PA, says on the day following the tragic accident, he was inundated with phone calls from both media and concerned people who wanted to know if the hayride at his farm was safe.

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Cartwheels at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair

CN-MR-2-CUMMINGTON-FAIR_1261by Laura Rodley

When you win at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair, sometimes you have to break into cartwheels to celebrate. That’s what Justin Clark did after he helped his father Tim Clark win the Free for All in the Draft Oxen division. The team of Butch and Sonny were hitched to the 12,500 pound plus stoneboat so they could pull it past the required six feet distance. As his father led the team out of the ring, his son broke into a series of spontaneous cartwheels, delighting the crowd. “That’s the first time he’s done cartwheels in the ring,” noted his father. Both he and Justin are native sons of Hawley, MA, “We’re excited, it’s a pretty big ordeal,” said Clark. [Read more…]