Coby Corner: Calf and Heifer Congress

CW-CL-1-MR-Coby-Corner-1qcRecently I traveled to Syracuse, NY for the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015. This conference is coordinated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Pro-Dairy. The theme of the conference was “Manage What Matters,” which emphasized the importance of managing a profitable dairy replacement herd. This was a two-day event that began on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and ended on Wednesday, Dec. 16. I joined the Calf & Heifer Congress with Jeanne Wormuth, Farm Manager of CY Heifer Farm located in Elba, NY. CY Heifer Farm raises approximately 4,000 heifers each year for contract herds, including an on-site veal raising facility in cooperation with Provitello. [Read more…]

Organic Grain Markets

by Tamara Scully

The demand for organic corn, soy, and wheat for both feed and food markets is increasing. According to United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s data, organic corn acreage has increased 24 percent since 2011. Soy has shown a modest three percent increase during this same time. While organic wheat acreage decreased by three percent, overall wheat acreage in the United States also declined during that timeframe. [Read more…]

Keystone Farm Show gears up for their biggest year ever

CDM-PP-Keystone-171With the addition of a toy exhibit area and the expansion into an additional building, the Keystone Farm Show is cementing its status as being the largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania.

The show, now entering its 18th year, is the first farm show of the year and has the largest number of agriculture exhibitors on the East Coast. [Read more…]

Opportunity for dairy farms: Raising bull calves

CDM-MR-2-BULL-CALVES_66w6by Katie Navarra

If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy operation, dairy-beef production could be a natural fit.
“Sometimes it is hard to convince dairy farmers that they are also beef farmers. After all, think about where the cows go at the end of their life. The better care they receive, the higher value they will have at that point,” said Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.

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