The cow goes where its nose goes: Part One

CEW-BF-MR-2-The-cow-goes37931by Sally Colby

Part 1: cattle handling basics

If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.

“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”

With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]

Cattlemen prepare for antibiotic regulations changes


Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]

Erie County 4-H goat meeting

CW-MR-Goat-meeting31by Anne Smith

On June 15, the Erie County 4-H had their annual goat fitting and showing meeting at The Steff Farm in East Concord, NY.

Two of the older experienced 4-Her’s taught goat fitting, such as trimming hooves, grooming, and show prep. The group practiced several moves that they would be doing during their shows in order to demonstrate to the judge their showmanship abilities.

A fun time was had by all. Everyone is excited to show at the fair this year! [Read more…]

The Erie County Dairy Princess and her court attend the Marilla Firemen’s Carnival Parade

CW-MR-2-Marilla-2c1On June 20, The Erie County Dairy Princess and some of her court attended the Marilla Firemen’s Parade. They rode in a flat hay wagon donated for the day by Foss Brothers Farm from Marilla, NY. The girls were escorted by Darryl Lippert from Alexander, NY.

A special thank you goes out to Amy Laduca and Jill Roesche for all their help decorating the hay wagon and special thanks to Anita Richmond for donating the candy. [Read more…]