Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 4

Part 4: Are employees performing their jobs properly?

by Sally Colby

Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, says that good animal welfare begins with taking a good, hard look at your farm business.

“Take a look at animal care handling and if there are issues there,” said Smith. “Make sure equipment is in good working order and will help you perform routine animal care safely and humanely.” Smith suggests if a farmer is experiencing problems with equipment (or lack thereof) or in working with livestock, it’s worth seeking expert help. [Read more…]

Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 3

Part 3: how not to hire an activist plant

by Sally Colby

It’s no secret that animal activists are trying to access farms for the purpose of gaining video or photographs of animal abuse. Although cases of true abuse do exist, in many cases, the activist who makes his way onto a working farm is there to create the illusion of abuse through video or still photos. It’s important for farm employers to be cautious in hiring to protect themselves, their good name, and their animals.

“They’re very shrewd about getting hired,” said Kay Johnson-Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Many will say that they have farm experience, so when they tell you they have worked on farms, they have. They go from farm to farm or region to region around the country. If they worked on a farm in Nebraska today, six months from today, they’re going to show up trying to get hired on a farm in New York.” [Read more…]

Lee Newspapers makes an investment in the future of printing

CEW-MR-3-Lee-Newspapersq2Starting in late 2014, Lee Newspapers began the process of upgrading their printing capabilities.

Lee produces an average of 87,000 publications each week and uses about 40,000 pounds of newsprint. Over 95 percent of our printing is our own publications. Our goal is to upgrade the appearance of our publications and to also serve the commercial printing needs of publishers and customers in our surrounding area. To do this we needed to bring in some newer and faster equipment. [Read more…]

Cattle breeding class hosted by Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, part 1

CEW-MR-1-Cattle-breeding1281by Judy Van Put

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County office in Liberty, NY, was the location for an interesting and in-depth class on cattle breeding one chilly January day. Sponsored by Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio and Dr. Kimberley Crowe of the Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, the class was well attended and well received.

Dr. Kim began her seminar on cattle breeding with a discussion focusing on reproductive anatomy of the cow; as she explained that many people are handling the breeding of their own animals today and may or may not be using synchronization protocols. Today’s research shows that knowing what specifically is happening with the animal makes a big difference in the success of breeding and the delivery of a healthy offspring, and learning and knowing reproductive anatomy is very important. [Read more…]

Somerset County lamb brings home the Purple Banner at 100th Farm Show

CEW-19-4-PA-farm-sheep21HARRISBURG, PA – Logan Svonavec from Rockwood, Somerset County and his 144-pound crossbred lamb took home the top honor of Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Before receiving the show’s highest honor, Svonavec and his lamb were awarded the Champion Crossbred Middleweight title as well as the title for overall Champion Crossbred. [Read more…]