Poisonous plants: those that are and those that can become

CM-CN-MR-2-PoisonousPlantsby George Looby, DVM

Now the snow is gone, and most of us are waiting impatiently for spring to arrive. The first harbingers of the season have blossomed, but for every group of early bloomers there are a few plants that pose potential threats to livestock and pets. After a winter on dry forage and silage, the natural inclination of animals turned out to pasture is to seek out greenery. Unfortunately, all that is green is not healthy, nutritious or beneficial. [Read more…]

Controlled predators are crowd-pleasers

CM-MR-2-Controlled predators716by Sally Colby

The predator approaches his prey quickly, then slows down and calculates his next move. He crouches and waits until the prey settle down. The predator is patient, but is quick to act as soon there’s an opportunity for a capture. As the prey start to move, the predator moves too; in perfect harmony with the prey, and always ready to change plans in the blink of an eye. [Read more…]

Manure injection for ammonia conservation

CEWM-MR-2-Manure injection411by Sally Colby

It’s a given that manure application has the potential to cause conflict with neighbors, but it can also cause conflicts between the farm’s nutrient management plan and its conservation plan.

Doug Beegle, who conducted manure research at Penn State University, says nutrient management plans often recommend manure incorporation, but the conservation plan for the farm will often recommend no-till. [Read more…]

Holstein wins three international titles at the NY Spring Dairy Carousel

CEW-MR-3-Dairy Carousel 2by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — A few years back, when Tom Cull first spotted “Cameron,” a young Holstein, he sensed he had found a diamond in the rough.

A lifelong dairy farmer and breeder from Lomira, WI, Cull’s instincts proved right. The investment in Robrook Goldwyn Cameron has since paid dividends for Budjon Farms and additional owners, Peter Vail, St. Jacobs (Tim Abbott) and Clark Woodmansee. [Read more…]

Small scale oilseed production in the Northeast

CE-AE-MR-1-Small scale oilseedby Tamara Scully

Two recent informational webinars highlighted exactly how much oilseed research has been happening in the Northeast. Vermont’s Bioenergy Initiative co-sponsored a Cornell Small Farms webinar featuring biofuel production at Roger Rainville’s Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT. University of Vermont Agriculture Extension Engineer Chris Callahan recently joined Penn State’s Doug Schaufler, Research Associate, Ag Bio Engineering, in presenting another webinar, focusing on oilseed production and processing. Researchers at both universities have been working together on several projects involving oilseed crops. [Read more…]