Blame it on REO: an Avian REO virus update

C4-MR-2-Blame it 2by Steve Wagner

REO virus is a malady that appears and goes away, only to re-appear now and then, here and there, seemingly defying any pattern of severity or species. It is so hard to spot that often only vigilant farmers and/or veterinarians who conduct more than cursory examinations are likely to become suspicious of an REO virus presence. At a recent annual Penn-Ag sponsored Meat & Egg Meeting held at Shady Maple in Lancaster County PA, Dr. Donna Kelly, interim head of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine PADLS New Bolton Center, brought an audience up to speed on the REO. [Read more…]

Young woman carving a spot in antique tractor pulling

CEWM-MR-2-Young woman 1by Sally Colby

The tractors lining the arena looked like a testimony to mid-20th century farming. Brand names included Case, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Massey-Harris and lots of John Deere, many restored to use after being discarded in favor of new models. And if it weren’t for the polished paint and shiny stacks on the 60-year old tractors, they’d look just as at home working a field. [Read more…]

Improving fiber production through nutrition

CEW-MR-1-Improving fiberby Tamara Scully

Producing wool doesn’t start with shearing the sheep; it begins well before birth. Two primary factors which affect wool quality are genetics and nutrition. Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, of the University of Colorado — a sheep farmer herself — discussed the importance of nutrition in fiber development, offering producers tools to use to grow quality fleece. [Read more…]

CALS’ 50th annniversary highlights its work to improve agriculture aroud the globe

CEW-MR-1-CALS 50th4by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY — With its focus on youth, the future was clearly on the agenda at the New York State Agricultural Society’s 182nd annual meeting and forum Jan. 8-9 at the Holiday Inn near Syracuse.

The keynote speaker on Jan. 9, Dr. Robert Milligan of Dairy Strategies LLC, gave an address titled, “Millennials’ Perspectives on Their Future in Agriculture.” He also joined in a panel discussion with four “millennials,” or college-age people who feel their future is definitely tied to agriculture. [Read more…]

How to host an engaging, informative and successful field day

C4-MR-2-Successful field day 2by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Do you want to share variety trial results, on-farm experiment results or great new equipment with fellow farmers? One great way is to invite fellow farmers or researchers over for a field visit. You might combine it with other topics and speakers for a four to six hour field day. [Read more…]