Littrell one of 14 to win DHIA scholarship

2020-03-27T16:49:55-05:00March 27, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Offering some good news as the end of winter slowly nears, the National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA)’s Scholarship Committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to 14 students across the nation. Judges evaluated applicants on scholastic achievements, leadership in school and community activities and responses to DHI- and career-related questions. One of the applicants deemed worthy of an award was Laura Littrell of St. Johnsville, NY. (more…)

Interim guidance for animal care operations

2020-03-27T16:41:26-05:00March 27, 2020|Eastern Edition|

This guidance is provided for animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials and supplies, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed, and bedding, etc.; raising of animals; animal production operations; transportation of live animals, animal medical supplies; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; livestock markets, including live bird markets, slaughter and packing plants. (more…)

Life without antibiotics

2020-03-27T16:25:07-05:00March 27, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by George Looby

In the several decades since the introduction of antibiotics, the livestock industry has enjoyed a period during which animal losses due to susceptible diseases was greatly reduced. In addition to the treatment of active diseases, it was found that the addition of certain antibiotics to cattle diets acted as growth stimulants, increasing feed efficiency. However, consumer groups came to the realization that some of the antibiotics used in the feeding and treatment of some animals might be retained in their meat. These groups began to question the use of antibiotics in the rations of animals destined for human consumption, worried about the possible adverse effects of consuming such products. (more…)

Assessing and preventing forage winter kill

2020-03-13T10:55:08-05:00March 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Whether you’re grazing animals on perennial pastures or baling your alfalfa for hay, keeping your stands healthy and high-yielding takes management. Some factors can be controlled, while others, such as damage from winter kill, are contributed to Mother Nature. While farmers can’t control the weather, there are some manageable factors which impact the winter hardiness of forage stands. (more…)

Farmers as watershed contractors

2020-03-26T11:23:47-05:00March 6, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

LATHAM, NY – The 12th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference stirred the minds of farmers with talk of expanding Northeast ruminant meat production, learning marketing skills and seeing the opportunities of solar array grass maintenance with “sheep-mowers.” But perhaps the most thought-provoking big idea came from Vermonter Abe Collins, who presented a compelling plan to hire farmers as watershed contractors, along with producing food. (more…)

Women in Ag: Involved and invested

2020-03-06T15:30:03-05:00March 6, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

MADISON, NY – Once a month, if everything else goes to plan, a dedicated group gathers for a Women in Agriculture discussion group hosted by Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Unfortunately, the March meeting didn’t get together as scheduled on March 4, but it’s all good. They’ll keep working and hopefully will see each other in April. (more…)