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…]

Cycle of life, the good and bad alike, on display at Cow Birthing Center

CEW-MR-3-Birthing center1by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — Steve Palladino was as proud as any papa after the birth of four young ones, even if they happen to be dairy calves.

The four calves, including just one bull, were born on the morning of Aug. 26 at the Cow Birthing Center, a “live” exhibit at the New York State Fair. Palladino brought six of his cows from Walnut Ridge Dairy Farm in Lansing, NY, and all six had given birth at that point, midway through the 12-day fair. [Read more…]

Dangerous manure moves to a higher level

C4-MR-3-MANUREDEMO1by Steve Wagner

“If you drop your monkey wrench, you could bend down to pick it up, and be in a dangerous place.” With that statement, Rob Meinen, senior extension associate at Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, essentially described the tone of the seminar this day at Pleasant View Dairy Farms LLC in Pine Grove, PA. Looking at a soon-to-be-filled lagoon surrounded by cyclone fencing, he further cautioned heightened awareness to match an increasing threat. “We need to be aware that an outdoor storage like this should be considered a confined space. Confined spaces are not designed for normal worker occupancy.” [Read more…]

Schaghticoke Fair wrap-up

CE-MR-3-Schaghticoke713by Katie Navarra

Alpacas, sheep, cattle, goats and horses, oh my!

It must be the annual Schaghticoke Fair, which ran Aug. 27 to Sept. 1. Featuring 4-H and open competitions youth and adult exhibitors alike hauled livestock of all breeds and types into the Fair.

Exhibitors had their animals on display for both competition and to engage the general public in learning about the farming way of life. [Read more…]

Low-key approach paves the way for Luckman Farms’ Supreme Female Champion

CEW-MR-4-Supreme female1by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — Lizzy Luckman of Lucky Lane Farm in western New York knows what it takes to show beef cattle, but it doesn’t mean she is overconfident.

“I didn’t expect to win this show,” Luckman commented after the judges at the New York State Fair bestowed the Supreme Champion Beef Female title on her homebred heifer Lucky Lane Eloise on Aug. 26. [Read more…]