Family Farm Days promote agritourism

ce-mr-4-family-farm-days12by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Agritourism is becoming more and more popular, with more farms opening their doors to the public, inviting folks in to see how things work on their farms and to be educated and entertained. [Read more…]

Farm Aid 2016

cf4-pp-farm-aid-3by Dan Wren
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It’s a great concert, but what’s in it for farmers?

For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]

Winter feeding strategies

cn-mr-53-1-winter-feeding-strategiesby Tamara Scully

“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”

Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]

Farming with robots ~ pros and cons

ce-mr-1-scipio-center575by Michael Wren

LANSING, NY — Steve Patt is no stranger to working on a farm. Growing up on his parents’ farm in Fultonville, NY, and later in Sherburne, NY, Patt has always been around dairy farms. After graduating from SUNY Cobleskill and later Cornell University Patt began working on large dairy farms in the Scipio Center area. After a few years he and a friend from school decided to try farming for themselves on a rented farm in Scipio. [Read more…]

Preparing the barn and paddock for winter

ms-cl-mr-53-1-horse-tales2005These days of autumn leading up to winter are precious; we are enjoying the weather and spending as much time outdoors with our horses as is possible. Since the late spring, they have been turned out on pasture for as many hours as they choose. Although our pasture grass is not rich and a bit thin, the 15 or so acres are more than adequate for our two small Morgan horses. By the end of November and the start of the Big Game (Deer) hunting season, they’ll be ‘home’ for good — in the barn at night, and in the barnyard during the day, and depending on the amount of ice and snow we receive, probably for the rest of the winter. [Read more…]