LIVERPOOL, NY — Patrick Hooker, NY deputy of agriculture, received an Excellence in IPM award at the 185th Annual Meeting & Agricultural Forum of the New York State Agricultural Society recently. The honor is significant, considering Hooker didn’t grow up on a farm, like the many of the 500 attendees who represented multi-generational farms at the two-day event. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The final rule for the veterinary feed directive (VFD) became effective on Jan. 1, 2017, and many producers are still unsure of how it works, which drugs are affected and how to obtain drugs that now fall under the directive. [Read more…]
A well designed calf facility and calf management is key to successful calf program said Dr. Kimberly Morrill, northern NY dairy calf specialist, during the second full day of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Calf Management workshop.
Morrill, along with NWNY Dairy Specialist Dr. Jerry Bertoldo and SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team member Betsy Hicks, led the CCE Calf Management workshop in Cincinnatus, NY, culminating with a tour of Riverside Dairy, LLC. [Read more…]
At Recombinetics, a company which specializes in genetic modifications, including that of livestock, naturally hornless — or polled — Holsteins are one of the selected traits which they’ve been able to produce via gene editing techniques.
Dehorning cattle is going to become one of the primary issues facing the dairy and beef industry in the near future, Dr. Jen Burton, veterinarian for Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, predicted last year. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers who have good calf care protocol are likely to raise more heifer calves to maturity that go on to become productive herd members. But raising calves can be tricky, and they often become ill without warning.
Dr. Michael Ballou, nutritional biologist at Texas Tech University, states a fact that every dairy farmer knows: calves are the future of the herd. “What you do for calves will have a long-term impact on that animal’s productivity later in life.” [Read more…]
Winter calf care was one topic discussed at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 2016 Calf Management Workshops held across New York State.
During a workshop held in Norwich, NY, CNY CCE Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian and Betsy Hicks of CCE Southern Central NY Dairy and Field Crops team led a discussion on the importance of meeting neonatal and pre-weaned calf requirements in the northeast winter months. [Read more…]
Winter is here, and snow and ice become an inevitable part of farming. Since the most significant snowstorms occur in January, February and early March, there’s still time to prepare for the season. [Read more…]
“As a nation we need to renew our acquaintance with the land and reaffirm our faith in its continuity of productiveness — when properly treated. If we are bold in our thinking, courageous in accepting new ideas, and willing to work with, instead of against our land, we shall find in conservation farming an avenue to the greatest food production the world has ever known.” [Read more…]