Handling manure can be risky business

CM-MR-3-Manure-gasses16061by Sally Colby

Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.

Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]

A Picasso in the pasture

CEW-MR-3-Picasso101by Troy Bishopp

EARLVILLE, NY — Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” A NOFA-NY workshop billed as “Making Milk on Grass” found the true gift of pasture craftsmanship right in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A captivated audience of 70 farmers witnessed an exquisite canvas of beautiful cows, frolicking calves and diverse pastures at the hands and management of “Rembrandt” organic dairy farmer, Dave Stratton. [Read more…]

Dealing with arthritis

CEW-MR-2-FARMER-ARTHRITIS_29301by Sally Colby

For production farmers, slowing down or taking a break from daily work when dealing with pain from arthritis is not always an option. “Taking a break requires a change in thinking,” said Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation. “Farmers must accept that they have to take breaks.” Wolfe isn’t handing out advice without first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in production agriculture. [Read more…]