Central NY Beef Breeders looking to pool calves for December sale

CEW-MR-2-CNY-BEEF-BREEDERS-011by Branden Jaquays

Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]

Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

No-till drills now available through Soil and Water Districts

CE-MR-3-No-till-drills11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Crop growers are paying attention to the success that other farmers are reporting to have with no-till farming.

In response to the growing interest, Soil and Water Districts are bringing in no-till seed drills to rent out to farms that are interested, but have not had up close experience with the process and are concerned about paying out a large sum of money for machinery that they are unfamiliar with. [Read more…]

Breeding cattle for a growing market

CE-MR-3-Marshman31by Sally Colby

Marshman Farms LLC, has come a long way since its founding in 1856. Today, sixth-generation owners David and John Marshman operate the Oxford, NY dairy farm that has garnered a following for high-quality purebred Holsteins under the name of Tiger Lily Holsteins. [Read more…]