Summer somatic cell count blues

2021-11-23T22:10:50-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Gabe Middleton, DVM

In much the country, this summer was especially hot and humid. The increase in temperatures led to an increase in bulk tank somatic cell count and cases of clinical mastitis. If you are like most dairy producers, the weather gets blamed and we move on. While there is no doubt that the impact of hot, humid weather is significant, there must be a plan to deal with the newly infected cows as well as a plan to reduce SCC in the tank. Upper echelon producers don’t simply place blame on uncontrollable factors – they establish a plan to solve problems. (more…)

Keystone Farm Show 2022 ready for January gathering

2021-11-23T22:03:59-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

The 2022 Keystone Farm Show is shaping up to be as big or bigger than our last pre-pandemic show in 2020. Last year’s show was great despite having to work through a global pandemic, and a quality crowd of farmers attended and were able to see and talk to a terrific group of ag businesses. We’re hoping next year’s show will be even better! (more…)

Improving tie-stalls promotes dairy health

2021-11-23T22:00:04-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Could improving the size and function of tie-stalls help your herd become happier and healthier? In a recent webinar hosted by Dairy Cattle Welfare Council, Elsa Vasseur explored the topic, sharing her organization’s research. She is an associate professor at McGill University in the Department of Animal Science and has been chair of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair Novalait-Dairy Farmers of Canada-Valacta on Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle since 2016. (more…)

Securing sound sugarbush leases

2021-11-23T21:54:35-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Mike Ghia, the Vermont field agent at Land For Good, gave an overview of best practices in developing sugarbush leases in a recent webinar. His presentation drew off leasing resources developed by University of Vermont Extension as well as his direct experience assisting sugarmakers and landowners in the development of maple sugaring leases, including the lease for his own maple operation. (more…)

More sleep, less stress and PPE for everyone

2021-11-23T21:01:55-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

It’s easy to forget – or just ignore – health, safety and PPE (personal protective equipment) during harvest. But Ellen Duysen, outreach specialist and coordinator, Agriculture Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said ignoring risk during this busy time can be deadly. (more…)

CSAs: Thinking inside the box

2021-11-23T21:56:05-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Data collected in 2015 by the USDA indicated that 7,398 farms in the U.S. sold products directly to consumers through a community supported agriculture (CSA) arrangement. In that year, CSAs accounted for $226 million (or 7%) of the $3 billion in direct-to-consumer sales by farms. Anecdotally, that number skyrocketed over the past two years, thanks in large part to COVID and consumers’ desire to both shop and eat local. (more…)

52nd annual NYS Horse Council Brookfield Trail Ride

2021-11-23T19:55:05-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Pauline E. Burnes, RLA

The New York State Horse Council’s (NYSHC) 52nd annual fall pleasure ride took place Oct. 8 – 11 at the highly acclaimed Brookfield Trail System. This popular event did not take place last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Twenty attendees stabled their horses at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Pure Country Campground, a local facility that provides accommodations for horses and their owners, also hosted attendees. Highlights of the weekend included an auction to benefit the NYSHC and carriage drives on improved trails. All enjoyed the comradery of seeing old friends and making new ones. (more…)

Genesee Valley Hunt Races and Fall Festival

2021-11-23T20:38:40-05:00November 23, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

The dog events include a Jack Russell terrier race, a sled dog demonstration, the Canine Grand Prix of dog agility, the Parade of GVH Hounds and a wiener dog race (for dachshunds and other similar breeds). It was amazing to see such a large pack of well-trained foxhounds respond to the huntsman’s horn. Marion A. Thorne, MFH, and huntsman, dismounted from her horse and invited children and parents from the audience to greet the hounds. (more…)