BROOKFIELD, NY — The late Frank Chesebro who inhabited the old Skaneateles Turnpike which ran from Crumb Hill off Route 20 in Hubbardsville into the Town of Brookfield, used to say he enjoyed seeing droves of cattle, turkeys and horse traffic come over “Round Top”, one of Madison County’s loftiest hills. It’s been said, “It took tough folks to settle this tough hill country.” [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The best of dairy breeds including Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns from several states congregated in the Toyota Coliseum on New York State Fairgrounds at Syracuse, for the four-day, NY 2017 Spring Dairy Carousel; known as the most prestigious and largest spring show in the northeast. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Are genetically engineered crops and pest management a silver bullet in plant breeding or just another tool in the toolbox?
“As a plant breeder, this is probably the single biggest topics that people want to hear about,” explained Dr. Margaret Smith, Professor of Plant Breeding, Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. [Read more…]
by Cammie Barden
“There is a lot of demand for [buckwheat]…and it fits nicely into organic rotation,” Thomas Bjorkman of Cornell University said at the NOFA-NY Conference in Liverpool, NY on March 16. Bjorkman has been studying buckwheat for over 25 years and is an expert in its production.
Buckwheat has been grown in the area for years, but other grain crops get the focus. It looks very different from wheat and the investment made by farmers is different from corn or wheat. [Read more…]
by Steve Wagner
Recently the 2017 winners were announced for the Conservation Legacy Awards. One of them was Keith Masser of Sacramento, PA. The alert came from the American Soybean Association. The irony here is, though the congratulations came from ASA, Sterman-Masser is probably recognized more for their role in the potato industry. Keith Masser is traveling throughout various states, and so we chatted with Julie Masser Ballay, his daughter, who manages Sterman-Masser with her brother David Masser. “The company itself was incorporated in 1970,” she says, “by my grandfather (Sterman). We consider ourselves eighth generation farmers because once we immigrated to the United States, we were always involved in farming.” [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
It’s probably not as varied as flooring meant for humans, but “there’s all kinds of ideas out there” as to what flooring is right for dairy cows, according to Curt A. Gooch, dairy environmental systems engineer with Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program.
“Flooring is probably the area of biggest oversight” when it comes to cow comfort and safety, Gooch said.
Gooch gave a presentation about dairy farm flooring at the 2017 Winter Dairy Management recently.
Simply reducing the decision to initial cost isn’t wise because in the long run, the wrong flooring reduces cow comfort (and thus production), increases risk of lameness and can contribute to falls. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
The Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association held their 2017 annual Cattlemen’s Banquet at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in State College the evening of March 30.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, Craig Uden, served as Keynote Speaker updating the group on the national association’s efforts to support the cattle industry. Uden said while top issues currently facing the industry include foreign trade, especially with Canada, Mexico and Japan, he is greatly encouraged following meetings with congressional leaders and executive department heads in Washington. [Read more…]
Cattle handling is stressful — that’s probably why a creative soul came up with a T-shirt proclaiming those who work cattle with a spouse deserve some sort of prize for surviving the ordeal.
But there might be some truth to the personality issue when it comes to handling cattle. [Read more…]