Multi-faceted dairying

CW-MR-1-MULTIFACETEDby Tamara Scully

The dairy industry — or at least the small family dairy farm — is struggling. With production costing more than the milk check, holding onto the farm is difficult. Some have turned to automatic milking systems and other automation to cut labor costs, help keep older generations on the farm, and interest younger generations in continuing to dairy. Others have sought refuge in the increasing demands for organic production, higher milk fat and protein components, 100 percent grass-fed milk, or A2 milk. [Read more…]

Fly control on organic dairy operations

by Katie Navarra

Without fail, flies arrive with summer heat and increased grazing time. Controlling flies is a common management issue among farmers, especially organic farmers who have fewer options for control. In a webinar hosted by eExtension and eOrganic, Roger Moon, Ph.D. and Brad Heins, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, discuss two control options that were researched at the university through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative.

Before a method of control can be established, you have to know your enemies. Flies originate from different places and cause specific problems. When asked to name flies, most people first list mosquitoes, horse flies, black flies and biting gnats. [Read more…]

The Famacha Method

CE-MR-1-Famacha-method8527Important innovation for managing barber pole worms in small ruminants

by Ellen Wren

As anyone raising small ruminants knows, gastrointestinal parasites are a serious threat to the health of their animals. Haemonchus Contortus, more commonly known as Barber Pole worm or Wireworm can cause a healthy lamb to be near death within a week. It is a dangerous blood-sucking roundworm. Hosts experience anemia and protein loss that can progress alarmingly fast, leading to death. Young and highly stressed animals are most vulnerable. [Read more…]

Manufacturing in NYS to get helping hand from Congress

CW-GO-MR-3-Candellas3by Pat Malin
MARCY, NY — Whether New Yorkers have manufactured cheese, guns and ammunition, air conditioners, automobiles and quality wines or put up skyscrapers during the last century, their talents and inventiveness helped fashion New York’s reputation as “The Empire State.”

That image has faded over the last few decades as manufacturing jobs slowly diminished, manufacturers faced increased competition from cheap imports or production facilities moved overseas in search of reduced labor costs. [Read more…]

Comment period extended for proposed changes

CM-MR-56-2-Organic-livestock2by Tamara Scully

Proposed changes to the National Organic Program Livestock and Poultry Practices are open for a recently extended comment period, which now closes on July 13, 2016. There are new revisions covering animal welfare and health practices, requirements for outdoor access and living standards for mammals as well as poultry, and new regulations for transport and slaughter. Anyone involved in organic production is encouraged to understand the new proposals, and to provide comments for consideration. [Read more…]