Beef cattle transportation and welfare

2019-02-19T09:50:02+00:00February 19, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Transportation of livestock is a stressful event for the animals. Just ask Brianna the cow, a recent New Jersey escapee who either fell or jumped from a transport truck heading to the slaughterhouse. While events such as this aren’t common, the safety and well-being of cattle being transported — no matter the end destination — is an important concern for the livestock industry.

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Agritourism ~ Are you ready?

2019-02-19T10:30:58+00:00February 19, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Agritourism has become a popular concept among farms looking for means to potentially boost their income, and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Schoharie, Otsego, Sullivan, and Ulster counties have joined together to take part in a 6-session webinar hosted by Delaware County CCE, and sponsored by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center to assist farm owners in preparing for farm visitors.

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Choosing cover crops

2019-02-19T09:29:21+00:00February 19, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Jane Primerano

The deterioration of the soil that resulted from monoculture replacing strict rotation on most farms can be ameliorated by the correct choice of cover crops Jon Stutzman of Stutzman Crop Care, Inc., told farmers at the No-Till & Cover Crop Winter Conference of North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development held Dec. 13 at Hawk Pointe Golf Club.

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Crop Comments: Phil minus one

2019-02-19T09:18:22+00:00February 19, 2019|Eastern Edition|

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania’s most famous resident is a groundhog (or woodchuck) named Phil. This medium-sized rodent (beavers being much bigger rodents) allegedly predicts the weather annually on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2). If Phil sees his shadow, we Northeasterners are stuck with six more weeks of winter. However, if he doesn’t see his shadow, legend has it that we can expect an early spring and warmer weather soon. This last thought is very appealing, since the temperature in much of Central New York took most of today (Monday) to get up to zero Fahrenheit.

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Molasses supplementation in grazing dairies

2019-02-19T11:07:07+00:00February 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

About 10 years ago, a renewed interest in molasses supplementation occurred as certified organic corn became scarce and prices rose. Seeking to add energy to the diet, many farmers began experimenting with molasses. Some farmers were claiming fantastic results by substituting molasses at one-third of the rate they had been feeding corn meal.

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Protecting against anti-farm activist threats and fake news

2019-02-19T11:08:47+00:00February 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner

Allyson Jones-Brimmer is the Director of Industry Relations for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, and was once a member of the Western Equestrian Team at Cornell University. She spoke recently at Penn-Ag Poultry Council’s Annual Meat and Egg Meeting about the title topic. “We were formed over 30 years ago because we realized that the ag industry and farmer’s and rancher’s livelihoods were being put at risk because of groups attacking the industry; they used a lot of different tactics to put a negative spin on animal agriculture, which they are still doing today, using different methods to put you all out of business.”

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Agritourism ~ managing production risk

2019-02-18T15:18:54+00:00February 18, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

During the second session of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 2019 Manage Risk in Your Agritourism Business series, Delaware County CCE Senior Resource Educator/ Farm Business Management Specialist Mariane Kiraly, presenter for the series, spoke to viewers about managing production risk.

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