Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]

Bird’s Hollow Beef: Animal Welfare Approved

CEW-MR-1-Birds Hollow7by Tamara Scully

Having animals that are naturally adapted to pasture, and grow well on a 100 percent grassfed diet, is of prime importance to Bird’s Hollow Beef producers Candice and David Eldredge. They’ve selected purebred Whiteface Herefords, crossed with purebred Black Angus bulls. The resulting calves are known as Black Baldies. Both breeds are hardy, suitable for pasture, and good finishers on grass. They also raise some pure Whiteface Hereford calves. [Read more…]

Thank a farmer

CE-MR-3-Thank a farmer2by Al Dorantes

On a cold, gray skied June 14, Wild West Frogfest and Rodeo 2014 presented by White’s Farm Supply took place at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort, NY. The smell of French fries, onion rings, barbecue, and pizza made the fairgrounds seem not as cold. The Painted Pony Rodeo, from Lake Luzerne, NY, brought 22 bull riders and 25 bulls as well as bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, cowgirls’ barrel racing, and cowgirls’ breakaway racing. The big draw was the concert promoted by Big Frog 104, featuring James Wesley who returned to thank Central New York farmers. [Read more…]

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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