LIVERPOOL, NY — Patrick Hooker, NY deputy of agriculture, received an Excellence in IPM award at the 185th Annual Meeting & Agricultural Forum of the New York State Agricultural Society recently. The honor is significant, considering Hooker didn’t grow up on a farm, like the many of the 500 attendees who represented multi-generational farms at the two-day event. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The final rule for the veterinary feed directive (VFD) became effective on Jan. 1, 2017, and many producers are still unsure of how it works, which drugs are affected and how to obtain drugs that now fall under the directive. [Read more…]
Judy Chambers made it clear at the outset that when she references local governments she is talking about boroughs and townships rather than counties. Chambers, degreed from Northwestern University and Penn State, is now with the Penn State Extension, and was one of the breakout speakers at the PA Farm Bureau’s 66th annual meeting. Before getting underway, she took an informal survey — a show of hands — of who among the attendees was an elected official, an appointed official, or a recovering elected official. [Read more…]
A well designed calf facility and calf management is key to successful calf program said Dr. Kimberly Morrill, northern NY dairy calf specialist, during the second full day of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Calf Management workshop.
Morrill, along with NWNY Dairy Specialist Dr. Jerry Bertoldo and SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team member Betsy Hicks, led the CCE Calf Management workshop in Cincinnatus, NY, culminating with a tour of Riverside Dairy, LLC. [Read more…]
The Rhode Island Farm Bureau’s Annual Dinner Meeting featured something extra special this year: a visit from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Vincent “Zippy” Duvall. The meeting was held at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI in November. Also present were Rhode Island state senators and representatives, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, educators from Cooperative Extension, local agricultural leaders, and farmer members. [Read more…]
At Recombinetics, a company which specializes in genetic modifications, including that of livestock, naturally hornless — or polled — Holsteins are one of the selected traits which they’ve been able to produce via gene editing techniques.
Dehorning cattle is going to become one of the primary issues facing the dairy and beef industry in the near future, Dr. Jen Burton, veterinarian for Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, predicted last year. [Read more…]
MORRISVILLE, NY — When you visit Central New York farmer’s markets or garden centers, you’re likely to see the buffalo girl, the honey guy and the chicken lady. But in the mix of vendors, you’ll come upon a different kind of livestock farmer and her signature mascot, O’Smiley McWiggler. Yes, ladies, gentlemen, gardeners and farmers, you’ve happened upon a red-wiggler royal: The Worm Queen. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers who have good calf care protocol are likely to raise more heifer calves to maturity that go on to become productive herd members. But raising calves can be tricky, and they often become ill without warning.
Dr. Michael Ballou, nutritional biologist at Texas Tech University, states a fact that every dairy farmer knows: calves are the future of the herd. “What you do for calves will have a long-term impact on that animal’s productivity later in life.” [Read more…]