Joleanna Dairy hosts Delaware Co. Soil Health and Winter Forage Field Day

CE-MR-3-Soil health1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Soil health is one of the most important factors that crop-growers face and an educational clinic about soil health and the role that winter forage cover crops can play, was recently presented by Delaware County’s Soil and Water Conservation District, Delaware County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and Joleanna Dairy Farm in Unadilla, NY.

“We’ve been using cover crops on our farm for several years and have been growing corn using strip-till for the last six years,” said Derek Johnson of Joleanna Farm. “We feel that by doing this we are able to improve our overall soil health and achieve greater yields.” [Read more…]

Intelligent mastitis management, part two

C4-MR-1-MastitisCon2by Bill and Mary Weaver

A previous edition of Country Folks provided information from a seminar given by Dr. Ernest Hovingh at the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference on the importance of recognizing the different pathogens that cause mastitis in dairy cows so the appropriate treatment can be implemented. A continuation of that list and insight on how to prevent mastitis can be found below. [Read more…]

Fitting and showmanship clinic for beef cattle

CEW-MR-2-Beef fitting361by Katie Navarra

Youth ages 5 to 17 had the opportunity to learn fitting and showmanship tips to help them succeed in showing beef cattle at the county fair or at sanctioned beef shows.

A clinic sponsored by the Washington County Junior Beef Club provided youth ages 5 to 17 with fitting and showmanship tips for a successful trip into the show pen at the county fair or other sanctioned shows.

The clinic, held at the Washington County Fairgrounds took place on Saturday, May 31. Multiple 4-H clubs encouraged their members to attend. “We’re ecstatic with the turnout,” said Robert Bentley a co-organizer, “we’ve got 20 kids here today.” [Read more…]

Intelligent mastitis management

CEW-MR-1-MastitisConAs dairy farmers, we need to learn to manage mastitis using a whole arsenal of information rather than routinely treating all our mastitis cases with antibiotics. One step in intelligently managing mastitis, according to Dr. Ernest Hovingh of Penn State, is to learn to culture the organisms causing mastitis on your farm. Which organisms are causing mastitis is one important piece of information you’ll need to figure out the best way to manage your mastitis cases. [Read more…]