Ben Weikert has seen nearly every side of beef production possible. He started with beef projects as a young 4-Her, and he competed on a collegiate livestock judging team as he pursued a degree in animal science. He and his brother Owen have developed an elite herd of show cattle and have served as judges at numerous livestock shows. After receiving a master’s degree and serving as an extension agent, Ben is now working toward a PhD in agricultural leadership, and has some tips for youth who plan to show cattle this season. [Read more…]
Inadequate tie stall design — or lack of stall comfort — contributes to a loss in cow comfort, thus a loss in productivity; as was discussed by Penn State Agriculture Engineer Dan McFarland during CCE Central New York’s 2016 Dairy Day.
McFarland, an advocate of tie stalls, emphasized providing larger stalls in tie stall barns to accommodate the cow’s need to lay with her legs out-stretched and accommodate her posture when lunging low and forward to regain her feet for standing. [Read more…]
Can your cow’s environment and comfort have an impact on her production and milk components?
Researchers and animal scientists are saying a resounding, “Yes!”
Ongoing studies have shown remarkable increases in production and components in herds that have been shifted from overcrowded, small stalls and co-mingled herds to herds grouped by lactation number (first lactation, second lactation, etc.), are not overcrowded and have larger stalls. [Read more…]
Spring has arrived at farm supply stores. Peeping young chicks serenade visiting customers.
Whether you’re looking to add farm raised eggs to your market offerings or are simply interested in having fresh eggs for your family, chickens are relatively easy to integrate on any farm. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“Every living organism has very specific nutritional requirements,” John Kempf, keynote speaker at the NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, and founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, said. “Managing plant nutrition is the fundamental tool in yield and quality.”
No matter whether the crop is grass, grain or vegetables, healthy plants not only have immunity to disease and pest pressures, they also enhance the soil environment.” [Read more…]
Small business owners, Chambers of Commerce and county Farm Bureaus joined forces on Monday, March 21 to raise their voices against the proposed $15/H minimum wage hike in New York State.
“The coalition remains united in its efforts to defeat what would be a devastating blow to local employers,” said NYFB Manager of Public Affairs Steve Ammerman. “In all, 15 press conferences took place from Long Island to the North Country to Western New York. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Motivational speaker, Tony Robbins said, “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” At the 2016 New York Conservation District Employees Association’s Water Quality Symposium, four leaders from the national, federal, state and local conservation organizations put their autographs on a celebratory Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) committing to work collaboratively on New York’s environmental stewardship goals. [Read more…]
FFA, 4-H and other agriculturally involved youth, and producers of every kind, showed up in full force to take part in NY Farm Bureau’s 2016 Taste of NY Legislative Reception in Albany, NY.
“We have a larger contingency of 4-H and the FFA than we’ve ever had in the past,” commented New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Managing Director Sandra Prokop. [Read more…]