New York State is leading the pack when it comes to bringing back industrial hemp — after becoming prohibited about 80 years ago, to be an agricultural option for farmers in the Southern Tier of the state. [Read more…]
When Potomac Horse Fever was first identified in the Potomac River region of Maryland, horse owners who lived outside that area weren’t too concerned. But the rickettsial disease soon spread to other geographic regions.
“Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) was first noticed in 1979 in the Potomac Valley region of Maryland,” said Cornell University veterinarian Dr. Joy Tomlinson. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
The word for this year’s growing season is patience says Aaron Gabriel, soils and crops educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Washington County. Unlike the past few springs, this spring has been cold and wet.
“Farmers are a bit anxious with all the rain. It has slowed hay seedings and corn planting,” he said. [Read more…]
CANANDAIGUA, NY — Herd management vastly affects herd pregnancy rates, said the experts at a local Cornell-led event, “Successful Reproductive Management” held recently. Moderated by Dave Keller, representing Cornell’s Northwest Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, the forum featured Wesley Smith, herd manager at Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, CT and Scott Yetter, reproduction manager with Cornell University Dairy Research Center in Harford, NY. [Read more…]
If a potential employee shows up at a dairy farm with a clean record, good references and a willingness to learn, there’s a good chance they’ll be hired. Are you sure the applicant is legitimately seeking to join your team for gainful employment, and does your farm have good training protocol in place to give the new employee the best possible opportunity for success? [Read more…]
There’s a new campaign to promote dairy, and it’s unlike any before. Beth Engelmann, chief marketing communications officer at Dairy Management, Inc., says the objective of the newly-launched Undeniably Dairy campaign is to engage with consumers in a way that builds trust and relevance over time. [Read more…]
“Sex is determined genetically,” Dr. George Seidel, Colorado State University, said. “In my opinion, sex is the most important genetic trait.”
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council recently hosted a webinar presentation, “Ten Years of Sexed Semen in North America,” given by Dr. Seidel. [Read more…]
by Gabe Middleton, DVM
Drug residue avoidance is a critical area for dairy producers to focus on. In today’s dairy industry climate, a milk residue puts the dairy at risk for loss of market access as well as financial losses. In addition, it creates a black eye for the industry in general that all producers certainly want to avoid. On July 1, 2017, the tetracycline screening pilot program will begin, and no less than 1 out of 15 tanker loads of milk will be tested for oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, and tetracycline. The tolerance limit for the drug is 300 ppb. [Read more…]