Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 1

CEW-MR-1-Activists-39891Part 1: who are they and what are their goals?

by Sally Colby

The new employee presented what appeared to be an outstanding resume, and was willing to work wherever she was needed on the farm. With one employee out with an injury and two more away for several weeks, you hired her on the spot.

What happened next is every farmer’s nightmare. That new employee was an animal rights activist, working for a well-known animal rights organization, and had been taking photos and video with the intention of creating an undercover video that would be used against your farm. [Read more…]

Celebrating one man’s conservation legacy

CEW-MR-3-Jim-Curatolo221by Troy Bishopp

BURDETT, NY – Jim Curatolo has been described as an entrepreneur, an outlier, a maverick, a conservationist and to his closest friends, “The Wetland Jesus”. His new title of “retired” probably won’t have him relaxing in a chair for long, but rest assured his 20 year legacy of putting projects on the ground will last a lifetime.

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How do the pieces of the puzzle fit for 2016? ~ Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Money-on-the-Table31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Avoiding financial pitfalls while making every penny count during times of instability in the dairy industry, were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

Speakers Jason Karszes, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Program Department of Animal Science Cornell University; Sandy Buxton, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist, and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen wrapped up the meeting. [Read more…]

Preventive medicine an important focus of Calf & Heifer Congress

Brian Newton of Balsam View Farm, Pharsalia, NY, left, gets additional advice from Dr. Franklyn Garry of Colorado State on the use of hair dryers to keep newborn calves warm during the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015 in East Syracuse, NY. Photo by Pat Malinby Pat Malin

EAST SYRACUSE, NY – The revolution slowly occurring in Americans’ healthcare coverage could be filtering down to the farms.

Hospitals and doctors are being judged now on quality of care and discharges, not on the number of patients they treat. Efficiency is about reducing the number of patients who need to be treated and/or have to be hospitalized.

However, we’re not talking about farmers now, but about the health of their animals.

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Fatigued cattle syndrome

CEW-MR-1-Fatigued-cattle11by George Looby, DVM

As new innovative feeding practices evolve over time in the beef industry questions are bound to surface regarding their possible impact on the human food chain and issues regarding animal welfare. In a condition noted in several large-scale slaughterhouses during the summer of 2013 processed cattle showed a reluctance to move, immobility and difficulty breathing at a level above that which would have been considered normal in previous years. The recent issues regarding the long term use of antibiotics as feed additives prompted a careful look at other additives that have found their way into feeding programs throughout the industry.

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