Observation, documentation and sanitation stressed at Calf Management

CEW-MR-3-Calf Management6by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Any successful dairy farmer will tell you that good calf management practices have been proven to maximize calf health and reduce vet costs.
A 5-day Calf Management Training program sponsored by the Central New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Dairy and Field Crops Team, explained the fine tuning points of those practices. The training program culminated with a farm walk and hands-on demonstration at Dykeman Dairy in Fultonville, NY.

Josh Kilmartin has been working at Dykeman Dairy for nearly 25 years and has been in the position of calf manager for many of those years. [Read more…]

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Energy conservation opportunities in broiler and breeder poultry operations

CN-MR-2-Poultry2by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Poultry operators can increase profits by lowering ongoing energy expenses. Dennis Brothers, Extension poultry housing specialist with the National Poultry Technology Center of Auburn University, led a recent webinar on this topic called “Poultry Operations: Broiler and Breeder Energy Conservation Opportunities.” Brothers focused on commercial broiler and breeder houses. Brothers said broiler and breeder chicken production accounted for 85-90 percent of American commercial poultry houses. [Read more…]

Grazing stockpiled pasture takes patience

by Troy Bishopp

Joe Namath said, “First I prepare. Then I have Faith.” I’ve got my own context: “Without goals, passion and the faith to succeed, you will fail.” When it comes to grazing animals into the winter season it pays to develop patience and a sense of humor as you battle Mother Nature’s wrath.

Like a sickness, I’ve been on a quest to achieve year round grazing in the Northeast because someone said it couldn’t be done. It’s a challenge I’ll admit, but it has many beneficial layers to plants, animals, soil and people. [Read more…]