At this time of year many in agriculture are so busy with fieldwork they “can’t see the pasture for the plants” or “the forest for the trees.” However, 20 farmers from Central New York gave pause on a spectacular spring evening to linger with a seasoned “bird whisperer” in an open-air symphony surrounded by an amphitheater of working grasslands and cattle. [Read more…]
WEYERS CAVE, VA – In northeastern Augusta County, adjacent to the sinuous Middle River, a long, straight fence line splits a field at Bud Shaver’s Lucky Charm Farms. On either side of the fence you find similar topography and cattle of similar genetics.
Fescue grows on both sides of the fence, thick and green. On one side of the fence, the cattle are grouped together, not moving much, not grazing. The fescue on that side of the fence shows signs of uneven grazing. [Read more…]
Pollinators fear not. Master Beekeeper Nancy Mangion has got your back. When you purchase bees from Mangion, owner of Beekeepers’ Warehouse in Woburn MA, she does all she can to make sure the buyer has the knowledge they need to make their bees thrive. She mentors beekeepers from all over New England.
Mangion studied beekeeping at Cornell University, and earned her Master Beekeeper certificate in 2009. “It’s very difficult. There’s only about four of us in the northeast,” she said. [Read more…]
The 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…]
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…]