Cattle breeding class hosted by Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, part 1

CEW-MR-1-Cattle-breeding1281by Judy Van Put

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County office in Liberty, NY, was the location for an interesting and in-depth class on cattle breeding one chilly January day. Sponsored by Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio and Dr. Kimberley Crowe of the Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, the class was well attended and well received.

Dr. Kim began her seminar on cattle breeding with a discussion focusing on reproductive anatomy of the cow; as she explained that many people are handling the breeding of their own animals today and may or may not be using synchronization protocols. Today’s research shows that knowing what specifically is happening with the animal makes a big difference in the success of breeding and the delivery of a healthy offspring, and learning and knowing reproductive anatomy is very important. [Read more…]

Somerset County lamb brings home the Purple Banner at 100th Farm Show

CEW-19-4-PA-farm-sheep21HARRISBURG, PA – Logan Svonavec from Rockwood, Somerset County and his 144-pound crossbred lamb took home the top honor of Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Before receiving the show’s highest honor, Svonavec and his lamb were awarded the Champion Crossbred Middleweight title as well as the title for overall Champion Crossbred. [Read more…]

SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle club promoting dairy through social media

CE-MR-2-Dairy-Cattle-Club11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At a time when the dairy industry has been under fire and animal welfare tops the list of consumer dairy concerns, the Dairy Cattle Club at State University of NY (SUNY) Cobleskill is reaching out to impact the dairy industry in a positive way, targeting consumers through social media.

Club President Erika Gogis reports that last semester, in addition to interacting with the public on campus, the club produced a video.

“This video displays our dairy club and educational programs and also supports the positive image of agriculture,” said Gogis. [Read more…]

NYS Ag Commissioner optimistic at NYS Ag Society and Forum Meeting

CEW-MR-1-Ag-Society-Ball61by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY – New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball is predicting 2016 will be a “year of optimism” for agriculture.

During his address at the 184th meeting of the New York State Agricultural Society Meeting and Forum on Jan. 7, Ball referred to “renewed recognition of how important the (farm) industry is to our state’s economy.”

With two years in office behind him, Ball is hitting full stride now, especially in the marketing department. With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help, the department has succeeded in pushing local agriculture farther out into the public square, gaining attention and revenue for farmers and spotlighting the state’s homegrown quality produce. [Read more…]