I have said for many years, agriculturalists have some of the prettiest, most iconic landscapes to capture on film. We have cute kids, farmers, animals and vistas. We also have truthful images and events describing the inter-workings and hardships associated with farming. Any way you slice it, the media’s portrayal of our farms is of particular interest to the general public. Why not explore working with a multimedia specialist to tell your story? [Read more…]
At a recent workshop on raw milk, food attorneys Jason Foscolo and Casey McCue with NYS Ag & Markets addressed the transport of raw milk when discussing the laws, regulations and restrictions involved with the sale of raw milk in New York State.
Foscolo spoke about some popular ways that raw milk producers try to evade prohibitions, including mislabeling raw milk and by claiming not being responsible due to “cow shares”. [Read more…]
SUNY Cobleskill, well known for their extensive agricultural and continuing education programs, now may boast of bringing the first Raw Milk Workshop to New York State in cooperation with NY Ag & Markets and Cornell Quality Milk Production Services.
“Raw milk production is a controversial topic,” said workshop coordinator Kimberly M. Tarvis, M.S., Assistant Professor of Dairy Management at SUNY Cobleskill. “However, producers are turning to this emerging market for more revenue and diversifying products.” [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
Each year when the maples have dropped the last of their leaves the time arrives when we begin to look around our homesteads and begin the seasonal task of buttoning down for winter. It is an age-old ritual that never changes but as we check down the list of things to be done it is easy to slip and overlook one or more important tasks. High on the list should be insuring that all of the animals in our care are well provided for as winter approaches. [Read more…]
Fresh cows are typically maintained on a slightly modified high-production cow diet. Unlike dry cow diets, where much of the research on transition cow nutrition has been focused, the postpartum period dietary requirements have been overlooked. But that will be changing, as researchers focus on fresh cow feeding strategies over the next few years, predicts Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University, Professor Director, PRO-DAIRY. [Read more…]
Recently Land O’Lakes, a giant dairy cooperative located in the upper Midwest, announced to many of their dairy farmers on the East coast that they were going to impose a supply management program on the co-op members to commence Jan. 1, 2016. Some of their reasons may or may not be justifiable.
However, the large concern of Land O’Lakes program is, they left out of their program the strong need for their members (and all dairy farmers) to receive a realistic price for their milk. [Read more…]
The image of a farm wife in a kitchen with steam hovering over the boiling canner, wearing a flour sack apron and a beatific smile is the stuff of old movies and 1950s television.
Women play every imaginable role on a farm, from management to marketing, and also in the parallel universe of community service. The Women’s Leadership Committee of the Farm Bureau has a long history of service in New Jersey. [Read more…]
When Randy and Laura Rockhill purchased a large property in Madrid, NY, their intent wasn’t to start a purebred cattle operation.
“We bought it primarily for hunting,” said Randy, describing the 400-acre home farm. “We bought a few head of cattle, and went from a few cattle to over 200 head.” In addition to the home farm, the Rockhills rent an additional 500 acres for crops and pasture. [Read more…]