JKW Polled Herefords helps youth showmen

CE-MR-2-JKW herefords54by Sally Colby

Kathi and John Wagner, who own JKW Polled Herefords in Athens, NY, started raising purebred Hereford cattle in a rather unique way. “John’s grandparents came over from Germany,” said Kathi. “They ran a German boarding house and had a dairy farm. Then his parents took over the dairy until the 1960s when they got out of the dairy business. They bought a few commercial Herefords, and we converted to registered Herefords in the early 1990s.”

Today the Wagners keep about 25 brood cows. When asked why they like Herefords, Kathi, who was not raised on a farm, replied that Herefords are a docile, gentle breed. [Read more…]

Poultry raising basics

CM-MR-1-Starting poultry copyby Katie Navarra

Poultry are relatively easy to raise and do well with basic food, water and shelter.

While it’s fairly simple to raise poultry it is important to be prepared, plan ahead and do some research prior to bringing chicks or older birds to your property.

First, you’ll have to decide if you’re raising a laying flock or a broiler flock or a combination of the two.
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HP Hood plants meet increased consumer demand for dairy products

CEW-MR-2-HOOD PLANT 1cby Pat Malin

ONEIDA, NY — When Ross Hasty proudly showed off the robotic machines that are used in the warehouse at the HP Hood milk processing plant in Oneida, he spoke of them fondly in a paternal manner.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Hasty, who has been the Hood operations manager for 30 years. The robotic palletizers were first introduced to the plant 18 years ago and now there are four second-generation machines that spend their days and nights effortlessly lifting heavy bulk cartons of milk and placing them neatly on pallets. Then they can be stacked up in the warehouse and later loaded into refrigerated trucks.
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Hey, this cheese tastes woody…

by T.W. Burger

On June 10, the federal Food & Drug Administration said it may be backing down from a policy that cheese-makers would no longer be able to age their cheese on wooden boards.

The policy change was announced in Forbes Magazine and other media outlets:

“The FDA does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any FSMA requirement in effect that addresses this issue,” the announcement read. “Moreover, the FDA has not taken any enforcement action based solely on the use of wooden shelves.”
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