Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

Creamery “fits the mold” at Lime Kiln Farm

CE-MR-3-LimeKiln6911by Samantha Graves

When Brent Zimmerman went on a vacation to Italy in 1991, he never expected the return trip would take 23 years. Nor could he have anticipated how an elderly Italian woman who had lost her sight would nurture Zimmerman’s gift for cheese making and help launch him into a successful creamery business.

“I always knew I would end up on a farm,” said Zimmerman. “I just didn’t think it would be in Italy.” [Read more…]

Pro-Dairy Summer Dairy Reproduction Update explores voluntary waiting periods

CE-MR-3-Pro-Dairy-Summer3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.

Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.

Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]

Progressive Agricultural Organization implores government officials to pursue Specter-Casey Bill

CE-MR-3-Progressive-Ag1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Government representatives from New York State Senator James L. Seward (R, C, IP), 51st Senate District, and U.S. House of Representatives Richard Hanna (R), 22nd Congressional District of New York, attended a press conference at Fitch’s Dairy in West Winfield on June 27, to hear the passionate plea of dairy farmers for support of the Spector-Casey Bill to help lift dairy farmers out of the pit they are in. [Read more…]