PhD student focuses on sheep research

CE-MR-2-Sheep-research113by Sally Colby

Sheep producers are accustomed to having a species that isn’t well-funded when it comes to research. Producers are pretty much on their own when it comes to learning anything new about sheep health, reproduction or other aspects of husbandry. [Read more…]

Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Family is hip at Hip Hops Farm

CE-MR-1-Hip-Hops-Farm569by Lindsay Owens

BROOKFIELD, NY — When Loren Corbin decided to retire, his family wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored. His wife, Doreen, was concerned he would go stir crazy and drive her…well, crazy.

Their son Andrew answered the call with a bold idea: to transform part of their grandparents’ dairy farm in Brookfield, NY into a hop yard. Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each year to build and improve their operation with dad Loren driving much of the mowing and tending of hops. Andrew, an environmental engineer, said, “I couldn’t let my father collect dust… he hasn’t.” [Read more…]

Aquaponics: fish and (kale) chips

by Tamara Scully

According to the experts at the Auburn University Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, there is great potential for farmers rising to raise fish as livestock here in the United States. While production methods for fish farming can range from low to high intensity operations, it is the managed atmosphere of commercial production, where farmers can control every aspect of the environment, which offer the most potential. [Read more…]

Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]