MORRISVILLE, NY — When you visit Central New York farmer’s markets or garden centers, you’re likely to see the buffalo girl, the honey guy and the chicken lady. But in the mix of vendors, you’ll come upon a different kind of livestock farmer and her signature mascot, O’Smiley McWiggler. Yes, ladies, gentlemen, gardeners and farmers, you’ve happened upon a red-wiggler royal: The Worm Queen. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers who have good calf care protocol are likely to raise more heifer calves to maturity that go on to become productive herd members. But raising calves can be tricky, and they often become ill without warning.
Dr. Michael Ballou, nutritional biologist at Texas Tech University, states a fact that every dairy farmer knows: calves are the future of the herd. “What you do for calves will have a long-term impact on that animal’s productivity later in life.” [Read more…]
Winter calf care was one topic discussed at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 2016 Calf Management Workshops held across New York State.
During a workshop held in Norwich, NY, CNY CCE Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian and Betsy Hicks of CCE Southern Central NY Dairy and Field Crops team led a discussion on the importance of meeting neonatal and pre-weaned calf requirements in the northeast winter months. [Read more…]
Winter is here, and snow and ice become an inevitable part of farming. Since the most significant snowstorms occur in January, February and early March, there’s still time to prepare for the season. [Read more…]
“As a nation we need to renew our acquaintance with the land and reaffirm our faith in its continuity of productiveness — when properly treated. If we are bold in our thinking, courageous in accepting new ideas, and willing to work with, instead of against our land, we shall find in conservation farming an avenue to the greatest food production the world has ever known.” [Read more…]
Farmer Jim Laine is an innovator. He farms about 800 acres in central New Jersey, growing grains and mixing feeds for everyone from gentleman farmers and horse owners to commercial livestock farmers. The farm grows corn, spelt, soybean, rye, barley, wheat, oats and hay. It also grows sunflowers. [Read more…]
EAST SYRACUSE, NY — Want to increase the effectiveness of your herd’s vaccination? Roberto Palomares offered one means: improving nutrition through supplementation. Palomares, DVM at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, presented “Role of Trace Minerals in Active Immunity and Respiratory Vaccine Effectiveness” at the recent Calf & Heifer Congress 2016 hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY. [Read more…]
Jean Lonie is a U.S. Honorary Ambassador for the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program, an agriculture marketing and communications concern. She has worked for a variety of organizations across the U.S., including non-profit producer groups, farm media, the animal health sector, as well as positions in state government and education. [Read more…]