American Dairy Linebacks

CEW-MR-2-American Linebacks1by Al Dorantes

On a visit to the livestock barn at the local fair I noticed something unfamiliar to me. It was a dark colored cow with a white stripe down her back and speckled sides. Valerie Becker and Jim and Jennifer Brewer, from Mohawk, NY, were happy to talk about the American Dairy Lineback.

Lineback color patterns appear on cattle breeds all over the world. The pattern is random in some breeds like the Texas Longhorn but in breeds like English longhorn and Irish Moiled the pattern becomes an indicative of the breed. [Read more…]

New York Jersey wins Supreme Champion honors at the 2014 All-American Dairy Show

CEWM-MR-3-NYJersey09by Jon M. Casey

New York Milking Shorthorn takes Junior Supreme, while Maryland Jersey wins Best Bred and Owned

For attendees of this year’s All-American Dairy Show, the announcement that DC Harmony Norma, the Jersey 6-year-old and older class winner owned by Jordan and Jason Thomas of Lowville, NY, was named Supreme Champion, came with a huge round of applause as spectators expressed their appreciation for the quality of this year’s winners. [Read more…]

Mohawk River Watershed Coalition reports on watershed issues affecting 14 counties

CE-MR-3-Watershed Coalition1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

All of Montgomery County, most of Schoharie County and parts of Albany, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Saratoga and Schenectady counties in New York State are affected by the Mohawk River Watershed. The Schoharie Reservoir, which is one of the reservoirs that supplies water to New York City, is also within this watershed.

Severe flooding throughout the watershed over the past few years has caused deep concern for the communities affected and, as a result, a group of concerned citizens joined together to form the Mohawk River Watershed Coalition (MRWC). [Read more…]

Markets for bioenergy crops

CEWM-MR-1-Bioenergy2by Tamara Scully

With the increased focus, over the past several years, on growing crops for the bioenergy sector, producers who opted to pursue this market may now be seeing crops, such as perennial grasses or woody crops, reach full maturity. But they may have yet to develop a reliable, stable market for these crops. Perennial grasses and woody biomass crops such as shrub willow, poplar or eucalyptus take several years to establish, and may require specific equipment for harvesting, leaving a farmer with a negative return on their investment if he hasn’t developed a viable market. [Read more…]

Mohawk Valley Grazers Group hold pasture walk at Honorone Farm

CEW-MR-2-HonorOne1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Mohawk Valley Grazers Group met at Scott and Kathie Ryan’s Honorone Farm near Ames, NY, for a pasture walk and workshop sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with funding from the New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.

Speakers at the event included CCE Regional Field Crops Specialist Kevin Ganoe, CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian and USDA-NRCS Tom Bielli.

The ability to maintain adequate recovery times for plants was addressed by Ganoe. “Pasture can provide high quality feed for dairy cattle if managed well,” he said. [Read more…]