HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a listening session to hear and understand the questions and concerns of local farmers in the Hudson Valley in order to better represent them in the upcoming vote on the farm bill in two years. Gillibrand will be holding these events throughout New York. The event was held at Fishkill Farms where co-owner Josh Morganthau spoke of his recent changes to the farm, altering it from a traditional apple orchard to producing flowers, vegetable, fruits, and eggs. [Read more…]
Veterinarian and certified CowSignals® trainer Dr. Hue Karreman wants to help farmers do a better job with their animals under established organic rules. But what he teaches organic farmers applies to herds of all kinds.
Karreman explains the Cow Signals® concept, developed in Holland by veterinarian Jan Hulsen. “It bridges conventional, biological, organic, biodynamic and whatever you’ve got,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one cow, 10 cows, 100 cows or 1,000 cows. [Read more…]
“Our quality of life and the cow’s quality of life is 100 percent better!” remarked Kip Law, when explaining how the transition from a tie stall barn to a free stall barn had improved not only his herd, but also his family’s life.
Law is the third generation to be on the farm, which is located in Sherburne, Chenango County, NY. [Read more…]
“Waiting for small grains to dry down in the field during harvest season is much like walking down a dark, deserted alley,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr., extension resource educator, agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension, “there is a risk of receiving injury. You want to get through that ‘alley’ as fast as possible.” [Read more…]
When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.
But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]
When Brent Zimmerman went on a vacation to Italy in 1991, he never expected the return trip would take 23 years. Nor could he have anticipated how an elderly Italian woman who had lost her sight would nurture Zimmerman’s gift for cheese making and help launch him into a successful creamery business.
“I always knew I would end up on a farm,” said Zimmerman. “I just didn’t think it would be in Italy.” [Read more…]
“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.
Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.
Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]
Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]