4-H, Fair, and Community

CW-MR-1-Erie-County-Fair44661by Anne Smith

The Erie County Fair is now just a great memory for the members of the Erie County 4-H Livestock Program. Exhibiting their livestock projects at the fair was the culmination of hours of care and work, and the fun and comradery were bonuses to a successful show. This year, 4-Hers in the sheep program were able to help with a great community project as well. [Read more…]

Central NY Farm Progress Show

CE-MR-4-Farm-progress46751by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Central New York’s Farm Progress Show began 40 years ago with fewer than a dozen displays. This year more than 100 exhibitors took part in the annual event, which is hosted by the Leonard Gilbert Family at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk, NY.

“The show this year was one of the largest shows to date,” said Dick Presky, President of the CNY Farm Progress Show. “Many new items were displayed this year — such as expanded disc mowing machines, new excavators, new tractors with ultra-modern transmissions, remote control tractors and harvesters, and different types of drones to be used as surveyors and for laying out fields to be used by remote tractors.” [Read more…]

Keeping up with the Veterinary Feed Directive ~ Part One: why do we need this?

by Sally Colby

Consumers are more aware and concerned about the use of antibiotics in livestock than ever before, and some of those concerns are valid.

Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, says that many factors led to the veterinary feed directive or VFD; a topic of much discussion lately among livestock producers.

“It all started back in the 1960s with the concerns about the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock,” said Apley. “There have been numerous reports and studies through that time, waxing and waning, and interest continues to build now.” [Read more…]

Judging the best of the best

CEW-MR-2-JUDGING-AADS_09931by Steve Wagner

The judging for Supreme Champion is a culmination of AADS events for the preceding week. Alan McCauley, AADS President, took a moment to focus on judging guidelines for this particular event, what the judges look for. “You look for straight lines, dairyness, which means angularity and not carrying a lot of excess condition,” he said. “The most important thing is probably a real sound set of feet and legs and a well attached, well balanced udder with proper teat size placement — udder and feet and legs are very, very important.” [Read more…]

Feeding Holstein beef

CN-MR-1-Feeding-Holstein91by Mary and Bill Weaver

Some producers raising Holstein beef calves feed them too long, according to Jim Hogue of Agri-Basics, who has spent 27 years as a nutritionist. “Don’t go by the ‘finish’ on the outside of the animal. Most of the fat deposited in Holstein beef will be internal, and will not be detectable in the live animal,” he explained. “At 1,350 to 1,400 pounds, they’re ready for market. Both you and your buyer will be happier with the results.” [Read more…]