Improving winter livestock management

2021-01-08T12:10:30-05:00January 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Karl H. Kazaks

As winter settles in, reviewing your winter livestock management strategy can help you improve the productivity and profitability of your operation. Recently, NRCS hosted a webinar with three of its agronomy and grazing experts to discuss approaches to handling livestock during what can be a challenging time of the year. (more…)

A ‘cow nerd’ capitalizes on social media

2021-01-05T11:29:58-05:00January 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Recently, the Animal Ag Alliance announced the winners of their College Aggies Online initiative, which connects college students across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture. Participants receive training from industry experts and social media-savvy farmers to engage on social media about current and emerging issues facing farmers and telling personal stories. (more…)

Horse Tales Carien Schippers: Equine photographer extraordinaire

2021-01-05T10:55:03-05:00January 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Judy Van Put

For a number of years, we’ve enjoyed receiving weekly emails from Image Equine Photography, featuring a “Photo of the Week.” Carien Schippers, originator of the site, chooses stunning images of equines she has photographed to share. She adds inspirational quotes and interesting facts on the breed, discipline or the region/country where the photo was taken. She started the “Photo of the Week” about a dozen years ago but has been an equine photographer for practically her entire life. (more…)

All in due time

2020-12-29T12:10:31-05:00December 29, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

Stephanie Finn knew she wanted to return to her family’s dairy farm in after attending Cornell, where she obtained a degree in dairy science with a minor in ag business, graduating in May 2018. Stephanie’s brother Nicholas was just ahead of her with the same degree, graduating in December 2017. Both returned to the farm upon graduation. (more…)

Don’t bring it to the farm

2021-01-08T12:19:50-05:00December 29, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

In a shining example of optimism meeting reality, Dr. Rob Swackhammer explained what shouldn’t have happened in a group of young heifers. A new farmer acquired 10 cows from his grandfather and rented out the other half of the barn to help pay the bills. The pregnant heifers from the grandfather’s herd arrived in September. A group of feedlot cattle that would be housed in the rented portion of the barn arrived in November. The animals were housed separately and handled as two separate herds with different people caring for them. (more…)

Tall fescue: Graze it or raze it?

2021-01-05T11:30:56-05:00December 29, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Tall fescue has earned a bad reputation. For some, it’s the grass that never dies, being an aggressive grower and having earned notoriety as difficult to eradicate. Others are concerned about its toxic effects: the ergot alkaloids which are found throughout the plant – in the highest concentrations in the seed heads – have deleterious effects on livestock. (more…)

The post-COVID consumer

2021-01-05T12:16:43-05:00December 29, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

The coronavirus pandemic created a perfect storm for an economic, political and health crisis all at the same time, according to David McWilliams, an economist and professor at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, a strong recovery from the financial crisis of 2008 was likely to bust based on economist Hyman Minsky’s “Minsky Cycle” that says every cycle leads to boom and bust, McWilliams said. (more…)