Bovine fatty acids

by Katie Navarra

Organic dairies and conventional dairies that maximize grazing are at an advantage in the marketplace. Consumers are willing to pay more for products identified as been grass fed and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Both are natural benefits for milk and meat cattle largely raised on pasture and forage.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose omega-3 products over others,” said Melissa Bainbridge, a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]

Don’t get stuck! Preventing needle stick injuries in agricultural settings

CEW-MR-1-Don't-get-stuc1k1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.

In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.

Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]

Managing the beasts within

CE-MR-3-Managing-the-61109by Sally Colby

Dairy producers who use pasture-based systems want to see healthy animals with good growth from the start. One aspect of managing cattle on pasture is managing their internal parasites.

Penn State extension veterinarian Dr. Robert Van Saun says that although internal parasites haven’t been a problem for most dairy herds in the past, they’re becoming more of an issue. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to parasite management. [Read more…]

State 4-H horse hippology team selected April 2 in Woodstock

CN-17-1-State-24-HFour Vermont 4-H teens have earned a spot on the state 4-H horse hippology team for their keen horse judging skills and in-depth knowledge of horses and the equine industry.

Callon Fish, Rutland; Lauren Hodsden, Bridport; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; and Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; made the team after placing in the top four in the Senior Division (14 and older) at the State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, April 2. The event took place at Kedron Valley Stables, South Woodstock (judging) and Woodstock High School, Woodstock (written test, cognitive and hands-on skills tests and identification stations). Hosts were University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Windsor County 4-H.   [Read more…]

Herd genetics: Selecting for grass

by Tamara Scully

The dairy industry has been selectively breeding for specific traits for many years. Yet even today, it finds itself in need of new genetics, such as those for polled animals, or for producing milk on pasture. Some traits which selective dairy breeding has focused on have included: birthing ease; ketosis; mastitis and lameness.

“We can’t lose that to get new genetics,” Jen Burton, Veterinarian for Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, speaking at the recent NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, said. [Read more…]