Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

No-till drills now available through Soil and Water Districts

CE-MR-3-No-till-drills11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Crop growers are paying attention to the success that other farmers are reporting to have with no-till farming.

In response to the growing interest, Soil and Water Districts are bringing in no-till seed drills to rent out to farms that are interested, but have not had up close experience with the process and are concerned about paying out a large sum of money for machinery that they are unfamiliar with. [Read more…]

Breeding cattle for a growing market

CE-MR-3-Marshman31by Sally Colby

Marshman Farms LLC, has come a long way since its founding in 1856. Today, sixth-generation owners David and John Marshman operate the Oxford, NY dairy farm that has garnered a following for high-quality purebred Holsteins under the name of Tiger Lily Holsteins. [Read more…]

Heavy use areas for horses

CW-MR-2-Heavy-use-paddocks63251by Sally Colby

Sacrifice lot, heavy use area, exercise lot, gravel paddock are among the names used to describe an area that is designed for horses as a component of a management system, perhaps as a component of rotational grazing or when grazing is limited. [Read more…]

Deciphering requirements for organic livestock feed

CEW-MR-1-Deciphering7501by Tamara Scully

Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]