Dairy farmers seeking to enhance profits need look no further than their farm fields. By taking a field out of crop production, and placing it into actively managed pastures for heifer grazing, the potential to decrease the costs of raising a heifer, while enhancing first lactation production and cow health and longevity, is a real one. [Read more…]
Coley Jones Drinkwater was raised on a historic family farm in Virginia. But since she wasn’t encouraged to return to the farm, she made other plans.
“The farm has been in our family since the mid 1700s,” said Coley. [Read more…]
Tis the season of hunting, Thanksgiving, yuletides and, sigh, word slides — sooo many word slides.
I see your heavy eyelids, blank looks, frequent trips to the bathroom and intensive texting with others. Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s officially conference season with countless presenters cramming as much text and bullet points on the screen as possible while happily reading it back to an unimpressed audience. Uggh! [Read more…]
As cold weather approaches dairy farmers across the country will find themselves challenged with the task of providing their cows with adequate food and shelter. [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Real-time data helps any business stay more nimble in its operation. Analyzing milk on-farm can help dairy producers make more informed decisions about feeding and herd management with nearly real-time precision. Heather Dann, Ph.D. of The William H. Miner Institute presented “Milk Analysis and the On-farm Use for Management Decisions” as a webinar recently. [Read more…]
A young man born in Cayuga County, New York in 1817 had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge; so much so that he eventually became a physician. Dr. Alvin Wood Chase penned a book that became a staple in nearly every household in the late 1800s. [Read more…]
by Troy Bishopp
The recent temporary shutdown of the JBS beef processing plant in Souderton, PA, has sent shockwaves throughout the Northeast region and is heavy on the minds of many farmers, truckers, buyers and auction facilities. So what curtails the production of two percent of the U.S. daily cattle slaughter? “Unspecified pests” according to released statements by USDA-FSIS and JBS-USA company officials. [Read more…]
The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) wants everyone to know that real pastured poultry doesn’t hide behind labeling claims. While supermarket chicken now boasts labels including: free-range; anti-biotic free; cage free; or humanely raised; often these claims simply allow conventional chicken to masquerade as a pastured poultry product. [Read more…]