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…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, and regardless of whether you’re selling products at farmers’ markets or through social media; the recent webinar, The Strategy of Identifying, Reaching and Connecting with YOUR Agritourism Customers, had something to offer.
Coordinated by Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator for the Ag and Natural Resources, University of California (UC ANR) Small Farm Program, Davis, CA, and FarmsReach founder/ Executive Director Melanie Cheng; the webinar was first of a series to take place every two weeks through July 14. [Read more…]
Digestive disorders in horses can be difficult to detect as they are often mistaken for other, seemingly unrelated issues. Therefore, a whole horse management approach is critical to maintaining your horse’s digestive health.
Surprisingly, a horse that exhibits hoof problems may really be suffering from a digestive order that is showing up in a hoof or lameness issue. [Read more…]
The Erie County 4H had their Swine Fitting and showing at the Knoll Farm in Eden on May 24. There were a total of 78 kids in attendance. [Read more…]
BARRE, VT — The 2016 4-H State Day brought more than 150 of Vermont’s most talented 4-H’ers to Barre to enlighten and entertain the public about their 4-H club work through their action exhibits, stage presentations, illustrated talks, tabletop exhibits and more.
University of Vermont Extension 4-H sponsored the event, which was held May 21 at the Barre Civic Center. While all participants were winners at the regional level, those chosen as state winners are invited to repeat their presentations and performances or display their photos, posters and tabletop exhibits at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, in September. [Read more…]
Using new molecular techniques, a team of scientists, including a University of New Hampshire researcher, has shown how a largely eradicated livestock disease has been transmitted among cattle, bison and elk in the greater Yellowstone area. The research may have important implications in the management of disease outbreaks between livestock and wildlife. [Read more…]
Renovating a hay field can be a cost-effective alternative to improving the quality and the quantity of hay harvested. “Sometimes you don’t have the time or the resources to go through the process of tilling the land and reseeding it,” said Aaron Gabriel, senior extension resource educator of agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.
And if you do have the resources to till and reseed, Mother Nature may work against you. Hay seedlings planted last spring had a hard time thriving because of the dry spring conditions. Some farmers experienced disappointing results. [Read more…]
It isn’t unusual for dairy farmers to call it quits. With a move toward larger dairies, small farmers often feel the pinch, and opting out is sometimes the sensible option.
That’s what happened to Karen and Mike Hooper, who retired from their dairy farm outside of Syracuse, NY, and headed to Florida. Dairying had become stressful, and the herd — as well as the farmers — wasn’t able to function optimally. Cows were pushed to make more milk, and suffered with hock and hoof issues, mastitis, and other concerns. [Read more…]