Culturing and types of mastitis

2020-05-29T15:05:27-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Katie Navarra

Although mastitis results in changes in milk quality, it is not always caused by the same bugs. Mastitis is caused by several pathogen groups gram positive (Streptococcus spp. and Staphylococcus spp), gram negative (E. coli, Klebsiella spp.) and others. Even well-managed herds have some level of mastitis, which decreases milk quality and creates a loss in production and decreases the quality of milk products. Monitoring for and controlling are most important for keeping mastitis cases low, to less than 2% clinical cases on a farm. (more…)

Limiting production on purpose

2020-05-29T15:00:07-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

Culling and extended milk feeding

by Sally Colby

Dr. Robert Van Saun, Penn State Extension veterinarian, and Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Penn State professor of dairy science, are well-known among dairy farmers and are often featured at events helping dairy farmers learn how to keep cows healthy in order to increase milk production. “We’re making efficient, quality milk, and now we have to face this very unusual challenge,” said Van Saun, adding that dairymen are being told to reduce production by close to 20%. (more…)

Pigs and the purpose driven farm

2020-05-14T14:58:59-05:00May 14, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

PARKTON, NC – Pastor Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” is a New York Times bestseller, having sold more than 50 million copies. It helps readers dig deep to discover what their mission in life should be. When it came time for Saira and AJ Meneses to change their lives and start their agricultural enterprise, the name seemed obvious: Purpose Driven Family Farm. (more…)

Develop a marketing strategy to target the right customers

2020-05-29T14:42:45-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

“I like to think of it as ‘the smell of the flower will draw in the bee,’” said Matt LeRoux, describing the importance of creating an identity for your farm business. “We’re not going to survive, especially small farms, if we don’t have an identity. This identity will draw in your target customer.” (more…)

USDA milk donation program for dairy processors

2020-05-29T14:47:32-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, dairy farmers are facing the hardship and heartbreak of seeing their milk dumped into manure pits and onto fields as processors are caught with excess supplies. Food service demand for fluid milk and milk products has plummeted amid mass closures of schools, restaurants and corporate cafeterias. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation estimate that supply currently outpaces demand by about 10%. (more…)

USDA releases info for producers interested in applying for CFAP

2020-05-14T12:43:31-05:00May 14, 2020|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted a short webinar on May 14 for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). (more…)

No one has more energy than they have

2020-05-29T15:26:58-05:00May 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

As if farmers don’t have enough stress, numerous current events in world and in the ag community have led to additional stress and insecurity about the future. Ted Matthews, psychologist and director of Minnesota Rural Mental Health, said when he worked for FEMA, he never received any calls from farmers. He learned the reason is that farmers simply don’t call psychologists. (more…)

Pair housing of calves can be done using outdoor hutches

2020-05-14T14:42:34-05:00May 8, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Raising calves in single hutches has become standard on dairy farms across the United States for both reducing the spread of disease and ease of handling. However, an increasing number of dairy producers and calf raisers are transitioning to pair or group housing for improved calf development, growth and welfare. (more…)