Cold weather calves

CEWM-MR-3-Cold weather3271by Sally Colby

Throughout the hot summer months, those who care for dairy calves concern themselves with issues such as flies, excess heat, ventilation and fluid intake. Now that winter weather has arrived, calf care requires a somewhat different set of standards. While some calf care parameters are the same, cold weather care starts with ensuring that calves are warm and dry.

Every animal has a thermo neutral zone, or TNZ. Technically speaking, TNZ is the range of ambient temperature without regulatory changes in metabolic heat production or evaporative heat loss. More simply, it’s the environment in which the calf doesn’t lose energy trying to stay warm or cool. [Read more…]

Leave it better than you found it

CE-MR-1-Graulich3486by Steven E Smith

Looking into the eyes of experience, dedication and commitment, a visit with Arthur Graulich of Sharon Springs, NY is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of successful farming and capture of glimpse of what can be accomplished when a farmer makes stepping up to the challenge an essential part of his long career.

Arthur’s eyes shimmered and he sat up even a little straighter in his chair as he described the family’s latest land purchase. “As our farm motto goes, leave it better than you found it. I love to purchase a farm and then take the steps to bring the land to its highest potential. Installing tile drainage and applying lime have been profitable management practices for us. I have had the privilege of buying seven different farms and working at it to make those improvements to the land. I really enjoy that part of farming.” [Read more…]

In memory of Mark Wesley Lee

C4-MR-4-Mark Lee CMr. Mark W. Lee , 52, of Cunningham Road, Canajoharie, NY, passed away at the Mountain Valley Hospice House in Gloversville, NY, early Monday morning, Dec. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mark was born on July 7, 1962, in Cooperstown, NY, he was the son of Frederick W. Lee, Jr., and the late Carole A. Lee. He attended Canajoharie High School and was a lifelong area resident. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor: Agriculture education advocacy

indexAgriculture education in our secondary schools continues to be a high priority for New York State. With looming projections of teacher shortages both statewide and throughout the nation, coupled with Cornell’s elimination of the Department of Agriculture Education and termination of its teacher certification program, New York agriculture education and FFA are at a crisis situation that must be addressed! [Read more…]

Washington County welcomes New District Manager

CE-MR-1-Wash Cty ManagerGREENWICH, NY — The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors announce the promotion of Corrina Aldrich to the position of District Manager.  She will take the helm Jan. 1, 2015 replacing Joseph Driscoll, the current District Manager who will be retiring at the end of the year. Joe is leaving after a 32-year storied career with Washington and Montgomery County Soil and Water Districts, The Washington County SWCD Board of Directors would like to wish Joe the best of luck in his new endeavors.

Corrina Aldrich has worked with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District as a Natural Resources Technician for five and a half years and brings a broad spectrum of experience to the position. Corrina received an AAS Degree in Agricultural Science from SUNY Cobleskill in 1988. Since then she has worked in a variety of agricultural industries including many dairy operations, equine training and breeding facilities, and the greenhouse and nursery industry. [Read more…]