Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Harvesting hay can be very dangerous: A 61-year-old catches his sweatshirt in a hay baler and is killed. A 43-year-old farmer catches his arm in the PTO of a self-unloading wagon. The amputated arm cannot be reattached because it is mangled too badly. A 57-year-old man dies of internal injuries when caught in a hay baler. A 50-year-old is crushed to death by a load of hay that topples from a farm wagon as a flat tire is being changed. An 18-year-old falls into the beaters of a self-unloading wagon. Almost two hours go by before the victim is found. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Consumers are more aware and concerned about the use of antibiotics in livestock than ever before, and some of those concerns are valid.
Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, says that many factors led to the veterinary feed directive or VFD; a topic of much discussion lately among livestock producers.
“It all started back in the 1960s with the concerns about the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock,” said Apley. “There have been numerous reports and studies through that time, waxing and waning, and interest continues to build now.” [Read more…]
The judging for Supreme Champion is a culmination of AADS events for the preceding week. Alan McCauley, AADS President, took a moment to focus on judging guidelines for this particular event, what the judges look for. “You look for straight lines, dairyness, which means angularity and not carrying a lot of excess condition,” he said. “The most important thing is probably a real sound set of feet and legs and a well attached, well balanced udder with proper teat size placement — udder and feet and legs are very, very important.” [Read more…]
Last month’s “Playing for Clover” 4-H Golf Tournament fundraiser was a success! The Grafton County 4-H Leaders’ Association collected nearly $11,000. [Read more…]
Some producers raising Holstein beef calves feed them too long, according to Jim Hogue of Agri-Basics, who has spent 27 years as a nutritionist. “Don’t go by the ‘finish’ on the outside of the animal. Most of the fat deposited in Holstein beef will be internal, and will not be detectable in the live animal,” he explained. “At 1,350 to 1,400 pounds, they’re ready for market. Both you and your buyer will be happier with the results.” [Read more…]
Misty is an 11 year old Brown Swiss owned by Laurie Cuevas and Bruce Jenks under their Hadley, MA based Signature Swiss prefix. Misty won Senior Champion, Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the Ralph W. Rice Memorial Award for best udder of all breeds at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair held the last weekend of August. [Read more…]