Organic, grass-fed dairy challenges

2019-02-19T11:56:46+00:00January 28, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Heather Darby, agronomist with the University of Vermont, and Sarah Flack, grass-based livestock consultant, have been conducting research into the challenges and successes of 100 percent grass-based organic dairy farmers. Their ongoing research began in 2016, when the total number of 100 percent grass-fed dairy farms in the U.S. was estimated to be around 150. Today, that number has substantially increased, with over 400 dairy farms opting to feed no grain, and to rely on pasture forages – legumes, forbs and grass – to provide the nutrition a milking herd requires.

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Kelp supplementation and dairy cows

2019-02-22T14:47:42+00:00January 28, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have been exploring the use of kelp supplementation in milking cows. A survey conducted in the Northeast showed that 59 percentage of organic dairy producers are using kelp, either supplementing the ration with two to four ounces, or sometimes making it available free choice. In the Midwest, 83 percent of Minnesota organic dairy farmers, and 49 percent of Wisconsin’s organic dairy producers are using kelp.

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Keystone Farm Show draws enthusiastic crowd

2019-01-23T09:36:49+00:00January 23, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

For those not involved in farming, January may seem like an off time of the year for farmers. But there’s plenty of work for farmers during winter, and their days are filled with tasks such as planning crops, ordering seed, repairing equipment and meeting the challenges of caring for livestock in cold weather. Despite this busy season, many farmers take time to visit the Keystone Farm Show in York, PA, to check out the latest in farm services and equipment.

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Miss Agriculture USA making connections across the country

2019-01-25T16:55:25+00:00January 21, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

County fair queens are a familiar sight, moving with their courts through crowds of fair-goers, smiling, waving and representing their realms. Dairy princesses do the same, representing milk producers in their areas. But what about those who want to share their love of agriculture as a whole?

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Dennis Family Farm named “Conservation Farm of the Year”

2019-01-14T14:16:17+00:00January 14, 2019|Western Edition|

The Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District presented Dennis Family Farm with the 2018 “Conservation Farm of the Year” award. Three generations of the Dennis family gathered to receive the award. Local dignitaries were present to celebrate the farm – New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe; representatives for Congressman John Katko; David Knapp, County Legislator and District Board member; Wayne Norris and David Coburn, also District Board members.

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Mycotoxins in feed

2019-01-28T16:44:12+00:00January 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Mycotoxin pressures have been high with this fall’s grain harvest, leading to concern across much of the Eastern Seaboard. Drought stress, followed by heavy rains, set the season up to be one in which molds, and therefore mycotoxins, became a serious concern. Random sampling of corn silage by Alltech scientists resulted in more than 75 percent of corn silage samples having mycotoxin levels considered moderate or high for dairy feed.

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