Animal aeration

CEW-MR-1-Animal-aeration12by Troy Bishopp

Have you ever had a dream so vivid it woke you from a sound sleep? Two weeks ago, it seems I fell prey to dreaming of green pastures, fence moves and frolicking cows. This joyful trance was rudely interrupted by a loud “MOO”. It was the kind of sound that suggests it’s a bit too real. This was not a dream, but what we affectionately call, “A class one farm emergency.”

As I bolted from the confines of a comfortable bed in unison with the “The cows are out” declaration, I saw several heifers munching on my wife’s shrubs under our window. Confusion, panic and anger swept over my demeanor as my wife, daughter and I tried to find some appropriate cow-catching attire at 4 a.m. My mind and heart raced as I propelled my sock-less feet into the cold rubber boots not thinking I was about to commit a fatal mistake. [Read more…]

SUNY Cobleskill’s American Animal Producers Club host 4th annual Livestock Judging Clinic

CE-MR-2-SUNY-Cobleskill31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

A day of beef cattle, swine, goat and sheep judging clinics, along with showmanship clinics, industry speakers and competitions took place at the Schoharie County Sunshine Fairgrounds on April 25.

“This is the fourth year that American Animal Producers Club has offered the spring clinic at the Cobleskill fairgrounds,” said Adviser Jason R. Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Agricultural Business Management at SUNY Cobleskill. “Each year, approximately 90–100 juniors have participated along with their families and 4-H or FFA group leaders.” [Read more…]

Make a difference says Farm Fusion speaker

CEW-MR-1-Farm-Fusion3by Pat Malin

EAST SYRACUSE, NY — As a sought-after professional speaker and radio commentator, Steve Gilliland logs thousands of miles on the road each day. It would be easy for him to lose direction and a sense of purpose.

It doesn’t happen, however, because he remembers the dark days that forced him to examine his life and take control.

Gilliland was the keynote speaker at the New York Farm Bureau’s Fusion Forum: “Fusing Purpose, Passion & Pride to Ignite Your Potential” at the DoubleTree hotel in East Syracuse in March. It was the first of two days of lectures and workshops aimed primarily at young farmers and ranchers. [Read more…]

Grazing under contract

by Tamara Scully

Are you hearing that rumble? If some of the top grazing specialists in the Northeast have their way, you will be. They’ve organized together to develop a potential new source of agricultural income, a innovative means of utilizing non-prime farmland, a means of keeping lands in agriculture, and a way to promote the actual grazing of livestock as a reliable feed source.

About 100 people attended the inaugural 2015 Northeast Contract Grazing Summit, held in late March in Morrisville, NY. Hosted by the Weaver Family Farm, and organized by Troy Bishopp, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District Grazing Specialist, aka “The Grass Whisperer.” The event brought together a diverse group of farmers, grazing experts, butchers, and legal and insurance industry representatives, all of whom offered advice, shared successes and learning experiences, and underscored the real opportunities which contract grazing can bring to the region’s agricultural community.

“We think this is good for New York. We keep trying to get someone to listen, now we’re just doing it,” Bishopp said, indicating a team that includes Brett Chedzoy, Mike Baker, Steven Lorraine and many other of the workshops speakers. [Read more…]

Coats for goats

CE-MR-2-Coats-for-goats2by Al Dorantes

This story sounds like a rhyming children’s story. There are pickles and jams in jars and goats in coats on a farm. But there is more to this story.

Pashley Farm, in Schuyler, NY is also home to Rosie’s Heavenly Harvest. Rose Burroughs creates homemade salsas, butters, canned products; all fresh and natural. The farm and the canning all started seven years ago when she thought she could make goat’s milk cheese. They have not quite come to fruition with the cheese but they make jams and jellies, wine, vinegar from the wine, maple syrup and more. The farm is also home to goats, ducks, and chickens.

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