A young man patiently works a canvas hood over his sheep’s head, then makes sure all the straps and buckles on the canvas blanket that covers the animal’s body are untangled and properly fastened. The sheep stands patiently, and that’s because its owner has spent a lot of time training prior to show time. [Read more…]
The first of three, free, incubator workshops focusing on added value dairy products offered by Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) took place on Oct. 3.
“Dairy farmers are currently having a difficult time covering the costs of production,” said CADE’s Executive Director Rebecca Morgan. “Dairy value added product development makes sense as a more viable direction for many dairy farmers. [Read more…]
The first thing regular attendees to this year’s coronation might have noticed is a general upgrading of the quality in the trimmings of the affair. At the doors outside the banquet room stood an easel with a diagram of table locations so ticket holders could see before entering exactly where they were located. “In previous years,” said PA Dairy Princess Promotion Services Administrative Director Laura Daubert, “not doing that seemed to translate into a minor disaster.” [Read more…]
Becoming trapped in a grain bin is fatal over half the time. What you decide to do in the first 10 minutes after finding someone trapped may save a life. If you decide to do the wrong things, you may just make the situation worse. [Read more…]
ALPINE, NY — It has been said that you can’t truly understand something until it happens to you and the meaning of the situation is discovered in that experience. Luckily we have farmers who will share their story in an effort to help us learn. Nothing was more poignant in this journey for knowledge than finding out ways to manage grazing land and animals through the southern tier’s awful 2016 drought. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — Ethics, economics, environmental considerations, legality: farmers have many reasons to abide by workers safety regulations. Christopher Wainwright, pesticide control specialist with the New York State Department of Conservation recently presented “New Federal WPS Regulations for Ag Chemical Handling” at Empire Farm Days. [Read more…]
Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.
“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — Want to learn or teach the art of dairying? Consider an apprenticeship program. A. Fay Benson, dairy support program educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, presented information on GrassWorks Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship at Empire Farm Days. Newly begun in New York, the program seeks to teach anyone interested in dairying — but especially the next generation — about all aspects of pasture-based dairying. [Read more…]