Preventive medicine an important focus of Calf & Heifer Congress

Brian Newton of Balsam View Farm, Pharsalia, NY, left, gets additional advice from Dr. Franklyn Garry of Colorado State on the use of hair dryers to keep newborn calves warm during the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015 in East Syracuse, NY. Photo by Pat Malinby Pat Malin

EAST SYRACUSE, NY – The revolution slowly occurring in Americans’ healthcare coverage could be filtering down to the farms.

Hospitals and doctors are being judged now on quality of care and discharges, not on the number of patients they treat. Efficiency is about reducing the number of patients who need to be treated and/or have to be hospitalized.

However, we’re not talking about farmers now, but about the health of their animals.

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Fatigued cattle syndrome

CEW-MR-1-Fatigued-cattle11by George Looby, DVM

As new innovative feeding practices evolve over time in the beef industry questions are bound to surface regarding their possible impact on the human food chain and issues regarding animal welfare. In a condition noted in several large-scale slaughterhouses during the summer of 2013 processed cattle showed a reluctance to move, immobility and difficulty breathing at a level above that which would have been considered normal in previous years. The recent issues regarding the long term use of antibiotics as feed additives prompted a careful look at other additives that have found their way into feeding programs throughout the industry.

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Sick Poultry: Proper Diagnosis

CM-MR-1-Sick-poultry11by Tamara Scully

Poultry production not only occurs in large commercial flocks, it is also finding a resurgence among small-scale farmers and backyard producers. No matter where or how the birds are raised, common poultry diseases are a concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and collecting samples to make a positive diagnosis, can go a long way in insuring poultry health. [Read more…]

How do the pieces of the puzzle fit for 2016? ~ Part 1

CEW-MR-1-Money-on-Table11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Possible financial pitfalls for dairy farmers and ways to avoid them while making every penny count during this time of instability in the dairy industry were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

Speakers at the meeting included Central NY CCE Regional Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe, Central NY CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Jason Karszes, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist Sandy Buxton and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen. [Read more…]

Practical advice on revised minimum wage

CEW-MR-1-Farm-labor-issues41by Pat Malin

ORISKANY, NY — What will be the impact of a higher federal and state minimum wage on my farm’s tax obligations?

Are farmers required to pay an unemployment insurance tax for part-time or seasonal employees? Should I be worried about an impromptu OSHA inspection?

These were among the concerns of a group of farmers who attended a seminar titled Agricultural Employers’ Requirements and Responsibilities sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County. [Read more…]