Mohawk Valley Grazers Group hold pasture walk at Honorone Farm

CEW-MR-2-HonorOne1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Mohawk Valley Grazers Group met at Scott and Kathie Ryan’s Honorone Farm near Ames, NY, for a pasture walk and workshop sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with funding from the New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.

Speakers at the event included CCE Regional Field Crops Specialist Kevin Ganoe, CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian and USDA-NRCS Tom Bielli.

The ability to maintain adequate recovery times for plants was addressed by Ganoe. “Pasture can provide high quality feed for dairy cattle if managed well,” he said. [Read more…]

CNY Farm Progress Show

CEW-MR-2-Farm Progress1by Al Dorantes

CNY Farm Progress Show took place Sept. 10 and 11 at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk (Leonard Gilbert Family). The Central New York Farm Progress Show provides an essential service to the agricultural community. The Central New York Farm Progress show is put on by the Farm Show Committee, a group of hardworking volunteers. The CNY Farm Progress Show is a non-profit organization; any excess funds generated by the show are used to fund youth scholarships and educational programs that will foster learning and involvement in the agricultural community. The show featured about 120 exhibitors ranging from agriculture products and services to equipment and machinery. Attendance averaged about 8,000 – 10,000 people. Activities included an antique tractor show, most attractive display, presentation of Herkimer County Dairy of Distinction Award, and much more. [Read more…]

Demonstration reminds audience of historical significance of oxen in U.S. agriculture

CDM-MR-3-Oxen578by Bill and Mary Weaver

Dr. Darwin Braund, the proud owner of a beautiful pair of Jersey oxen, created a fascinating demonstration at Ag Progress Days on why, after draft horses were imported to America, they quickly replaced oxen in use for heavy work.

The oxen were no match for the speed and strength of a team of Percheron draft horses owned by Dave Rohrbach of Bee Tree Percherons. The oxen had a top speed of 3 miles per hour, and considerably less pulling power. To add insult to injury, Dr. Braund had to walk beside his team of oxen while they hauled a log, while Rohrbach’s horses not only pulled the log, but also Rohrbach, who rode comfortably on a forecart behind them. Braun did point out, however, that all the walking tended to keep owners of oxen in better shape. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

Q. I co-own a piece of real property with my two siblings. I would like to sell the property and divide the proceeds, but my siblings are against any sale. What can I do? [Read more…]

Tiashoke Farms

CE-MR-3-Tiashoke Farms918by Katie Navarra

As early as the mid 1960s, Albany County, New York farmers were feeling the pressure of development. Up until 1966, George Ziehm and son, Frank, farmed a parcel of land purchased from George’s aunt Clara. The father/son operation grew vegetables and later milked 40 registered Ayrshire cattle.

“Our father, Frank, and our grandfather, George, purchased the property in Buskirk because of a water shortage,” said Stuart Ziehm, a managing partner in Tiashoke Farms, “they also felt the land in Washington County would be more productive.”

Over the past several decades, the family has transitioned the herd from Ayrshire to today’s mix of Holstein, Jersey and Holstein/Jersey crosses. “There are 800 Holsteins, 70 Jersey and approximately 150 crosses,” said Eric Ziehm, a managing partner. The milking cows reside on the main farm in Buskirk and 960 head of young stock are raised on property located on Route 40 in Easton, NY. [Read more…]