Consumers today are much better informed when it comes to matters of nutrition and food safety than were preceding generations. This is due in large measure to the work of food scientists whose understanding of food microbiology continues to expand. Despite this ever-expanding body of knowledge, hazards continue to exist in the food chain that pose a potential threat to the consumer. [Read more…]
At this time of year many in agriculture are so busy with fieldwork they “can’t see the pasture for the plants” or “the forest for the trees.” However, 20 farmers from Central New York gave pause on a spectacular spring evening to linger with a seasoned “bird whisperer” in an open-air symphony surrounded by an amphitheater of working grasslands and cattle. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The Veterinary Feed Directive, going into effect fully in Jan. 1, 2017, will change the way producers handle some common treatments for diseases. Any medically important antibiotics will have to be prescribed by a veterinarian. But before cattle get sick, vaccination is a preventative step available for many diseases.
Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, recently discussed common cattle diseases, prevention and treatments. The top disease concerns, ranging in severity, are: bovine respiratory disease; diarrheal disease; reproductive disease; and muscoskeletal disease. Vector diseases, transmitted by a bite, typically from a fly or tick, are also of concern. [Read more…]
SOUTH MINDEN, NY — Living in a rural farming community definitely has its advantages. Fresh air, friendly people, and room to stretch your legs to name a few perks. However, with farming and working with heavy machinery, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. And when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong. This forethought is exactly why the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department decided to take a preventative strike against farm accidents, mainly tractor rollovers. They enrolled in a Farmedic class taught by Erik Merrell, an instructor working with McNeil & Co., a specialized risk management insurance company from Cortland, to learn how to properly handle a real life catastrophe. [Read more…]
Digestive disorders in horses can be difficult to detect as they are often mistaken for other, seemingly unrelated issues. Therefore, a whole horse management approach is critical to maintaining your horse’s digestive health.
Surprisingly, a horse that exhibits hoof problems may really be suffering from a digestive order that is showing up in a hoof or lameness issue. [Read more…]
Renovating a hay field can be a cost-effective alternative to improving the quality and the quantity of hay harvested. “Sometimes you don’t have the time or the resources to go through the process of tilling the land and reseeding it,” said Aaron Gabriel, senior extension resource educator of agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.
And if you do have the resources to till and reseed, Mother Nature may work against you. Hay seedlings planted last spring had a hard time thriving because of the dry spring conditions. Some farmers experienced disappointing results. [Read more…]
It isn’t unusual for dairy farmers to call it quits. With a move toward larger dairies, small farmers often feel the pinch, and opting out is sometimes the sensible option.
That’s what happened to Karen and Mike Hooper, who retired from their dairy farm outside of Syracuse, NY, and headed to Florida. Dairying had become stressful, and the herd — as well as the farmers — wasn’t able to function optimally. Cows were pushed to make more milk, and suffered with hock and hoof issues, mastitis, and other concerns. [Read more…]
CANASTOTA, NY — Whether it was the premise of meeting a supernatural Vermont “Agronomator”, witnessing a rain machine test the water holding capacity of pasture soil or enjoying a first class meal of grass-fed beef and homemade churned ice-cream, over 125 farmers from all agricultural genres filled their knowledge base to capacity on an early May day. [Read more…]