Using copper oxide wire particles to help control barber pole worms on Northeast sheep and goat farms

CN-SR-MR-3-Using Cooper 1cDr. Tatiana Stanton, Cornell Sheep and Goat Program

Barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is the most serious parasite problem on pasture-based Northeast goat and sheep farms. Copper oxide wire particles (COWP) have effectively reduced infection of barber pole worm in studies in the Southeast US, but it is not clear how safe and effective they are in the Northeast. Therefore, Cornell University has embarked on a three-year study to look at methods for incorporating COWP into Northeast parasite control programs.

Copper oxide wire particles were developed to treat copper deficiencies in livestock in regions where copper is not readily available in soil and forages. Because of this important role, they are already approved for organic farming and may prove to be an important new tool for both organic and conventional farms. They are administered to livestock in the form of gel capsules with a dosing syringe (Figure 1). [Read more…]

FFA and Vo-Ag’s year-end festivities

CN-MR-1-Miss Agby Lorraine Strenkowski

Lebanon Regional Agricultural Science & Technology Center, located at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, CT, finished up their year in style. First, came the “Miss Ag” Competition, in which five lovely candidates competed for the title. Each lady had to compete in four categories: their own introduction, an explanation of their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), their talent and an answer to an individual question. [Read more…]

For better or for worse

CN-MR-2-ForBetter1by Laura Rodley

The relationship between a teenage girl and her horse is like a marriage — for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Abby Milewski of Gill, MA was 11 years old when she first met a tall, liver-colored Appaloosa named Rex at the Pony Pals 4-H Club. It was love at first sight.

She schooled him from being a backyard horse, never having competed gymkhanas. Together, they learned what it took to train and show a willing and happy show competitor.  She went on to buy him and a further half year of joy showing him at shows such as the Franklin County 4-H Horse Show, co-chaired by Kristie Tognarelli and Barbara Baldwin on Saturday, June 28. Milewski is now 14, and Rex is 19. [Read more…]

Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]