Paso Finos

CM-MS-3-PasoFino3by Bill and Mary Weaver

The classy show stallion in the riding ring was moving its legs at a furious pace, but its steps were so small that the horse itself was hardly moving forward. This is the “fino” gait, performed by show horses of the gaited breed Paso Fino.

The scene was Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania, and the expert rider and trainer in the saddle was Rick Shaffer, of R&S Paso Finos, Somerset, PA.

“This is strictly for show horses and breeding horses,” he said. “You wouldn’t want a show Paso Fino to take you over a mountain. You wouldn’t get anywhere. It’s the gait of a show horse. But a Paso Fino will give you the smoothest possible ride.” [Read more…]

Marketing issues discussed at 2014 Eastern Region NY Beef Producers’ Summer Meeting and picnic

CEW-MR-3-Beef Producers2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

King’s Roaming Angus Farm, Cobleskill, NY, recently hosted the 2014 Eastern Region NY Beef Producers’ Summer Meeting, with farm owner/NYBPA Regional Director Andrew King, Eastern NY IPM Educator Ken Wise, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Resource Specialist Tom Gallagher speaking on industry issues.

Marketing beef was among the issues discussed and King stressed the importance of diversification to improve the potential of achieving profit.

“On our farm we raise primarily beef cattle, but we also have hogs that we bought as piglets,” said King. “We sell eggs, beef, pork and chicken. When you set up at the market, you need to sell more than just beef.” [Read more…]

Calf Scholarship Program is a 4-H’ers dream come true

CE-TM-1-Calf-Scholarship-1cby Richard Smith, former extension agent

Now that took care of the 2013, Saratoga County Fair and Caitlyn had the time of her life working with all the farms that exhibited show cows and surrounding herself with all the 4-Hers, even if she couldn’t show as a 4-Her. Caitlyn took everything in at the fair and participated whenever she could. I have been around the Saratoga County Fair long enough to know she was a special young lady and the 2013 fair was only the beginning of Caitlyn’s career. We had not heard the last of her yet. [Read more…]

George Atkinson

CE-MR-1-George Atkinson974by Katie Navarra

There is not a road in Columbia County, New York that 82 year-old George Atkinson of Livingston, NY, hasn’t delivered a horse, picked up a cow or transported sheep and pigs to or from.

Dubbed the “Critter Carrier”, Atkinson transported livestock, mostly cattle, sheep and hogs, for Empire Livestock Marketing, a livestock auction house, until his retirement in August 2014. “Our three daughters had been after him for years to slow down a little bit,” Atkinson’s wife, Cynthia said. [Read more…]