Schoharie Fresh: A farmers market that is really online for customers

CE-MR-1-Schoharie fresh265by Steven E. Smith

Loading the truck and heading to the market with full awareness of who will being buying your product. That is not the usual expectations of a crew as they head to what could be a day long farmer’s market subject to limited attendance if the weather doesn’t cooperate. But the nearly 40 farms from Schoharie County that market at Schoharie Fresh instead experience a smooth, less time consuming event each week thanks to their unique marketing system. [Read more…]

Mastitis: are vaccines the answer?

by Tamara Scully

The Penn State Mastits and Milk Quality Conference featured speakers and researchers from several universities, and emphasized the need for a multi-faceted approach to manage mastitis. Addressing mastitis means focusing on prevention, identifying the organism responsible, taking steps to stop infection and appropriately treating cases of infection based on their etiology.

“Our ultimate goal is to prevent infection,” Gina Pighetti, Ph.D, of the University of Tennessee, said. [Read more…]

Advancing Eco Agriculture ~ Regenerative farming

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

John Kempf, founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture, presented an informational seminar focusing on methods of optimizing soil composition and nutrient application to achieve essential functional immunity and regeneration of plants.

“Healthy plants resist insects and disease,” Kempf stated, pointing out that these are not his original ideas, but that there is much documentation to back up this theory. [Read more…]

Mohawk Valley FFA hosts 13th annual Farm Toy Show

CE-MR-2-Mohawk FFA Toy Show2aby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Tractors, trucks, hay wagons and a vast variety of other toy farm equipment, including implements, bulldozers and bucket loaders covered the tables that 15 vendors had spread out, filling the gym at St. Johnsville’s high school on April 12.

The Mohawk Valley FFA was holding their 13th annual Farm Toy Show and fathers, sons, and grandfathers had all turned out for the event. [Read more…]

Deconstructing lameness in dairy cows

C4-MR-2-LAMENESSPart 1: hoof anatomy and how lameness happens

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ernest Hovingh, extension veterinarian, Penn State University, echoes what dairy farmers already know:  that lameness in dairy cattle is an important problem in the industry. In addition to affecting reproduction, milk production and overall health, lameness is a true animal welfare issue that must be addressed. [Read more…]