Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]
“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]
As the temperatures begin to drop it is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner. Farmers are always busy and wintertime is no exception. They are busy taking care of the cattle and making necessary repairs to equipment, getting it ready for the next growing season. As we shift gears from one season to the next, we need to take a look at the changes that need to be made in our dairy operations, especially regarding calf care in the winter months. Young calves are the future of the herd and the farmer relies on them as replacement animals. [Read more…]
Most of us appreciate Mother Nature’s wild critters, but not in our pastures and barns. Yet the feed, water and shelter we provide our equine friends are accommodations some varmints can’t resist. If wild things set up digs in your horse’s space, here’s how to cope. [Read more…]
Winter is a great time of year to make plans for improving and expanding your agricultural business to generate more profit for the future. Many farms are having success with promoting their business through agritourism.
The first step to that success is to determine what your options and opportunities are, and what your personality traits are best suited to. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers know the importance of colostrum to the newborn calf, and well-managed farms have established protocol for ensuring calves have adequate colostrum within hours of birth.
“Colostrum management is the most important thing you do with an animal in their life,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “What you do in the first two hours of their life has huge implications.” [Read more…]
The largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania is back and bigger than ever. The Keystone Farm Show returns for its 20th year Jan. 10-12, 2017 at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.
New this year is another expansion of the show to a new building. Last year saw the addition of the Expansion Building (Building #9) that featured the show’s first farm toy exhibit. This area allowed both collectors and traders to shop, swap and showcase their extensive farm toy collections. [Read more…]
by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY
- What steps can I take to improve farm safety?
A farm is not a hazard-free work environment. Farm workers are routinely exposed to a variety of hazards that may present a risk of illness, serious personal injury, or even death. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farm-related accidents, making agriculture one of the more hazardous industries in the country. [Read more…]