A new challenge in the form of the FDA Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act is here. Among its many sets and subsets, it clearly defines the way in which antibiotics may be used in food animal management. Perhaps it is better said it clearly defines when antibiotics designated to be used in humans may not be used in the feed of animals. [Read more…]
How do you know if your livestock needs shade? The answer has to do with heat stress. But heat stress can get complicated.
If animals are in the thermoneutral zone (TNZ), then shade isn’t needed. Outside of that zone, an animal must expend energy keeping cool. [Read more…]
Not surprisingly, many of today’s top horsemen and women started riding when they were young and when their legs were quite short. Classic Shetland Ponies, known for their child-friendly size, were their perfect first mounts. [Read more…]
Anyone with a pesticide applicator’s license has heard it: the label is the law.
Tracy Harpster, Penn State extension educator, pesticide education program, says labels are not only the law but also include information about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for that product. [Read more…]
The old-time auction standard for selling a horse as “sound” was always considered to be sound of eye, wind and not a cribber. If an unscrupulous dealer slipped a horse through an auction with any of these problems not clearly stated he would find himself on the wrong side of the law, the auction and public opinion in short order. [Read more…]
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…]