It was a typical, grey, Central New York day with cloud-dotted skies in late August when people gathered for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Raycliff Farm is located on Snellsbush Road in eastern Little Falls. Raycliff Farms is a Quarter Horse farm founded in 1964. Judy Mijares and Ray Hutten opened their farm for the 5th year for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Judy explained that Family Day at Raycliff Farm was sponsored by: the Town of Manheim, Herkimer County Dairy Promotion, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water, and the Farm Bureau. She said, “The idea is to give folks an idea about agribusiness, old fashioned fun (bale toss and egg and spoon race), and expose people to farm life.” [Read more…]
Fifty years of hard work and community involvement were commemorated at Schoharie County’s Hessian Hill Farm with a day-long celebration, which included farm tours, pony rides, sheep shearing demonstrations, musicians and vendors. The farm event was part of Schoharie County’s 2nd annual Family Farm Day. [Read more…]
A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]
A tall, well-trained horse on police patrol can command respect, maneuver in dense conditions and control crowds in ways not possible without the use of the horse. Careful, thorough training is necessary, however, before a horse can be faced with potentially volatile situations. How the Pennsylvania State Police accomplish that training is interesting and instructive. [Read more…]
For farmers who are serious about producing a nutrition-packed crop that will sustain the herd for optimum production, the year starts with crop planning and seed selection. After planting, it’s mostly a waiting game until harvest.
When kernels reach about 80 percent milk, begin sampling the plant for moisture content. Whole plant moisture level between 65 and 70 percent is ideal. When moisture content exceeds 70 percent, silage juices seep from the bunker, which means loss of soluble nutrients and feed value. Conversely, silage that is harvested too dry presents packing challenges, and excess oxygen that can result in undesirable heating and mold development. [Read more…]