Getting ready for grazing

by Troy Bishopp

Spring ushers in getting cows out to pasture. It also may mean new grazing and land management plans that help achieve financial and environmental goals.

Farmers like Dairyman, Kevin Murphy from Brookfield, NY that produce milk in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed are implementing best management practices such as buffers, rotational grazing systems and nutrient management strategies with the help of federal and state agencies to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation also saves soil, reduces feed and fertilizer costs while returning more money back to the farm. These approaches make agriculture more resilient. [Read more…]

35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale

CE-MR-3-Dairy-Fashion11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Dairy cattle buyers were in full attendance and heavy bidding ensued at SUNY Cobleskill’s recent, 35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale.

“I do not think many people know that this sale is completely student run, from developing advertisements to actually obtaining the consigned animals,” stated Erica Gogis, SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club President. “Students have worked diligently to put the sale together.” [Read more…]

Cayuga County holds Youth Tractor Safety Course

CE-MR-1-Cayuga-Cou1nty1Each year, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Cayuga County delivers a Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification course, specifically to educate youth. Youth from Cayuga and the surrounding counties are invited to participate in this very important safety program. This year, 10 teenagers from Cayuga and Onondaga Counties successfully completed the six week (24 hour) safety certification course. [Read more…]

Fighting the silver bullet mentality

CM-50-1-Fighting-the-s1ilverby Sally Colby

Dr. Gareth Bath, University of Pretoria, South Africa, says when it comes to treating sheep and goats for internal parasites, producers have spent far too long concentrating on the parasites instead of the host.

“We tended to rely on dosing remedies that worked,” said Bath, explaining the worldwide resistance problem. “Since the 1960s, there have been a series of excellent drugs. Unfortunately, this led us to be lazy and get into bad habits and not think of anything except a dosing program. [Read more…]

He that plants trees loves others besides himself

CE-MR-1-Plant-tre1es2by Troy Bishopp

HAMILTON, NY — English Clergyman and writer, Thomas Fuller, inspired this belief in 1660, which is also a timely sentiment for our climate-changing environment. There was definitely some love to share as over 230 residents from Madison, Oneida and surrounding counties bought saplings from this year’s Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 30th anniversary tree sale. [Read more…]