Using dairy dollars effectively

2020-01-08T16:22:07-05:00January 7, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

At the opening of the 2019 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, Cindy Weimer, senior vice president of industry relations for the American Dairy Association (ADA) North East, shared information about what the organization is doing on behalf of dairy farmers.
“They’re not only farmer-funded, they’re farmer directed,” said Weimer, “and done on behalf of all farmers who are working hard every day and contributing to programs.” (more…)

Making farming profitable

2020-01-08T16:17:45-05:00January 7, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

With tighter profit margins than ever, farmers need to focus even more on planning to make their operations profitable. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently hosted “Three Steps to Build Your Profitable Farm” with Larissa McKenna, FACT Humane Farming Program director, as the moderator and Charlotte Smith with 3 Cow Marketing as the presenter. (more…)

CCE beef production series freezer trade

2019-12-30T16:34:27-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

A little more than a decade ago, Tilldale Farms in Hoosick, NY transitioned from a dairy to a multi-species livestock farm. Dan and Joanne Tilley sell meat directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and retail shops. On Sept. 19, the couple hosted the final event in the summer long beef production series sponsored by the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County. The focus of the workshop was cultivating a successful freezer trade, which the Tilley’s have done for their Red Devon grass fed cow/calf herd, broiler chickens and pork. (more…)

Adapting to the new realities of organic dairy

2019-12-30T16:24:18-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CANASTOTA, NY — Dairy meetings that ponder the future of a life devoted to taking care of the nation’s matriarch cows and providing the world with nutritious food are becoming head-scratchers in achieving economic viability. At the recent Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Annual Meeting and Field Day, organic farmers are not exempt from addressing a myriad of factors that are threatening their livelihoods. (more…)

Delilah does it again

2019-12-30T16:18:25-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Cutting Edge T Delilah, owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, NY, made history for a second year in a row on Saturday, Oct. 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to ever claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles. Taking the title of Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo is Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show, De La Plaine Bingo Stinger, owned by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, VT. (more…)

Standing out

2020-01-08T14:51:01-05:00December 30, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Being a veteran of scholarship pageants since 1965, the 63rd Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation was its usual spectator treat. What got me started in pageant-watching in the first place: I was dating a girl in 1965 who wanted to enter the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, the next step to the Miss America Pageant. We were in theater together and were between gigs when she decided to do this. She won the Miss Pennsylvania title, part of which was due to winning the talent portion of the pageant with a monologue from “Joan of Arc,” and went on to Atlantic City for Miss America. (more…)

Conservation professionals increase knowledge to support client needs

2019-12-30T16:05:41-05:00December 9, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

CORTLAND NY — As the autumnal equinox is ushered in, so too is the annual conservation skills training regime for conservation professional partners. Whether environmental stewardship is agriculture, rural, municipal or urban related, the folks on the front line of service seek ongoing training to help clients reach their water quality goals throughout the state. (more…)

Smith’s Stock Farm Inc. – Going robotic

2019-12-06T10:52:13-05:00December 6, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

No signage directs you to Smith’s Stock Farms Inc., in Hornell, NY, where 11 DeLaval robotic milking systems (RMS) have recently been installed.

The farm, about 2,100 acres, was originally established in 1832 on 52 acres. Brothers Lowell and Dale Smith are current owners at the farm. Lowell’s son Aaron, along with Andrew Smith and Chris Passero, are slated as being future owners of the Steuben County dairy. (more…)