The 21st Annual Orange County 4-H Dairy Calf Sale and 4-H Alumni Reunion – An Event for Everyone

One of those events many 4-H’ers remember is the annual Calf Sale and Silent Auction – traditionally held the day before Mother’s Day.  This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, May 7 will be held at the recently opened Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Education Center & 4-H Park, near Otisville, NY.  The sale includes a chicken BBQ at 6 pm (pre-order required), silent auction, and live dairy cattle sale at 7 pm.  There is something for everyone at this event:  food, fun, and useful items from the silent auction, and great dairy cattle for both the showman and the commercial dairy producer.

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New York Farms produce Grand Champions in International Holstein Show in Syracuse

CEW-MR-4-Dairy-Carousel-21016by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY – Jared Dueppengiesser and Cooper Galton, both of whom come from family farms in western New York, picked up a couple major awards at the New York Junior Holstein Show on Saturday, April 9 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Actually, that was just a warm up for the International Holstein Show two days later. TC Sanchez Kristina (Sanchez), owned by Galton of Nunda, NY, won Grand Champion Youth and Aged Cow champion in the International Show. [Read more…]

In memoriam of Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacom

Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.

Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.

Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]

Don’t get stuck! Preventing needle stick injuries in agricultural settings

CEW-MR-1-Don't-get-stuc1k1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.

In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.

Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]

Beware the allium leaf miner

CM-MR-38-2-Allium-leaf-miner21by Steve Wagner

How does a plant pest whose existence was not chronicled before 1858 in England, cross the Atlantic Ocean 158 years later to land on a farm in Lancaster County, PA? That is the travel history of the allium Leaf Miner. This pest, native to Poland and Germany, first spread across Europe into Turkey, Russia and Asia during that time span. “One possibility is someone bringing garlic over,” says Penn State Extension Specialist Tim Elkner. “The pupa might have been down amongst the cloves. Certainly, it could have been brought in with leeks or onions. It’s just that this is not typically the kind of thing that would be transported around. Probably it was not an insect — most likely a group of them in order to start the population. You need male and female in a bunch, so it might have been like an infected shipment of garlic or something was sent over.” [Read more…]