Dr. Troy Ott is Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State’s main campus in State College. As a reproductive biologist, he studies dairy cow fertility. “I’m going to give you sort of a history lesson…because things are moving fast, and whenever things move fast people tend to get alarmed by that, and they get caught off-guard.” [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
“Marketing should be as painless and as labor efficient as possible,” Matt LeRoux, Ag Marketing Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension stated. He proceeded to elaborate by explaining that effort put towards marketing should result in something. Furthermore, he insisted marketing shouldn’t be complicated. [Read more…]
by Jane Primerano
The saying is “small is beautiful,” but it could be “small is profitable.”
Jean-Martin Fortier, owner-operator of Broadfork Farm in Quebec, is a firm believer in that.
Fortier was keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Winter Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association – New Jersey. He spoke about his success with the 10-acre farm he has been running for several years. [Read more…]
GROTON, CT — Early February marked the 32nd annual North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) Farmers Inspired convention. This year included two days of tours, two days of classes and tradeshows, and a final day of hands-on workshops. This event had something for everyone looking to enter or improve their standing in direct marketing. Attendees and vendors came from all across the United States and Canada to learn, network and stay current in the industry. [Read more…]
Climate change has the potential to dramatically impact anyone raising livestock. Horse owners, too, will need tools to recognize and alleviate equine discomfort as a result of changes in temperature. As heat or cold events become more frequent, and extremes in temperatures are seen, equine owners need to know how to protect their horses. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Success depends upon good management in every aspect of the dairy. The 2017 Operations Managers Conference, presented by Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program, and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, focused on the topic “Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops, and Technology,” with extensive presentations, panel discussions and keynote speakers addressing the many facets of management needed to make a dairy successful. [Read more…]
Think of long dense boughs of hemlocks straddling brooks. Then think of their needles falling off their branches. This is a long-term view of the damage of encroaching invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), which are the size of a pepper grain. They are parthenogenetic — able to reproduce using unfertilized eggs — so a single individual can alone produce offspring. HWA need a live hemlock to survive. [Read more…]
In today’s age consumers are highly interested in the quality of the products they eat. This is especially true when it comes to meat such as mutton.
Quality meat is generally defined by its compositional quality and palatability. Signs of quality meat are good conformation, a bright red color and some marbling or fat. Poor quality meat will have indicators as well. [Read more…]