Pageant winners highlight local agriculture

CW-TM-1-Pageant-winners1c1by Daniel Crofts

On Wednesday, July 22, five remarkable young ladies from Genesee County, NY received the coveted crowns of their County Fair’s “Queen and Princess Pageant,” an annual event sponsored by the Genesee County Agricultural Society. Winners were Corinne Rhoads of Le Roy, NY; Sundae Duyssen, also of Le Roy; Ariana Cutcliffe, of Pembroke, NY; Emily Boldt, of Stafford, NY and Rebekah Allen, of Oakfield, NY. [Read more…]

Bringing back a reliable beef breed

CW-MR-3-Autmn-Harvest681by Sally Colby

Tim and Sarah Haws started their Romulus, NY farm in 2001 with six chickens; hardly enough to keep them busy. “Both my wife and I were working off the farm, but we really enjoyed the farm,” said Tim. “Then we got a few cows, and now we have over 100.” [Read more…]

Heavy use areas for horses

CW-MR-2-Heavy-use-paddocks63251by Sally Colby

Sacrifice lot, heavy use area, exercise lot, gravel paddock are among the names used to describe an area that is designed for horses as a component of a management system, perhaps as a component of rotational grazing or when grazing is limited. [Read more…]

Deciphering requirements for organic livestock feed

CEW-MR-1-Deciphering7501by Tamara Scully

Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]

North American Manure Expo enjoys ideal venue

CEW-MN-MR-5-Manure-Expo1761by Jon M. Casey

For the more than 1,500 estimated attendees who made the 2015 North American Manure Expo their destination July 14 or 15, the event held at a site provided by Lesher Farms, was without question one of the more ideal venues this event has enjoyed since its inception in the early 2000s. From the farm tours to dairy, beef and equine facilities to the solid an liquid manure spreading equipment field day demonstrations at the exhibit site, producers were able to get up close to the action as seen in the accompanying photos. More importantly, the weather cooperated with two days of ideal weather to attend this well-organized event. [Read more…]