Conservation planning in organic livestock systems

by Tamara Scully

Conservation planners may not be familiar with working with certified organic livestock producers, and may harbor misconceptions about organic farming. Yet conservation planning and organic livestock farming share the same foundation: to preserve natural resources and promote biodiversity. [Read more…]

New methods of vaccine production on the horizon

CEW-MR-1-VACCINES1by George Looby, DMV

Animal agriculture has long relied on the addition of antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and to aid in the control of low grade intestinal infections, especially in young animals. This practice has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as the human population has had to contend with the development of so-called super bugs which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapy. [Read more…]

Maintaining a legacy at Spring Pond Farms

CW-MR-3-Spring-pond61161by Alex Huebner

For the Kriese family at Spring Pond Farms, raising beef cattle is an indelible part of their history. John Kriese, the current owner of Spring Pond Farm II, has been raising Herefords on his own since his grandfather gave him one as a gift back in 1970. His sister Kim Mullenix is the Extension Specialist for Beef Cattle at Auburn University in Alabama. His daughter, Kate, is established in the beef showing world in New York State, winning multiple Grand Champion 4-H awards for her Hereford heifers. [Read more…]

Sunny Hill Farms Belgians

CM-MR-1-Sunny-Hill-Belgians98871by Bill and Mary Weaver

One of the highlights at the Main Horse Arena at Ag Progress Days 2015 was the 6-horse-hitch team of high stepping Belgians from Sunny Hill Farms in Myerstown, PA. Ken and Karen Sandoe have been showing these towering draft horses for more than 17 years. [Read more…]

Are you connected to your floodplain?

CEW-MR-2-Floodplain21by Troy Bishopp

“There are two things that interest me: The relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land,” said American author and conservationist, Aldo Leopold. Since 1992, The Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) with its network of 19 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York and Pennsylvania have followed the same sentiment. [Read more…]