Central NY Beef Breeders looking to pool calves for December sale

CEW-MR-2-CNY-BEEF-BREEDERS-011by Branden Jaquays

Ron Maidens had been a dairy farmer the majority of his life, going into partnership with his brother Etsel in 1963. “When I started in the dairy business I didn’t know much, I was just a kid out of high school,” he fondly remembers, “I didn’t know anything, I had a good county agent and I was self taught.” Originally from West Virginia, Ron and his brother “farmed three states”, as he puts it – West Virginia, Pennsylvania and now New York. Ron and his wife raised 7 children, his brother, 5 — and they did it milking cows for nearly 50 years. [Read more…]

Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

Pageant winners highlight local agriculture

CW-TM-1-Pageant-winners1c1by Daniel Crofts

On Wednesday, July 22, five remarkable young ladies from Genesee County, NY received the coveted crowns of their County Fair’s “Queen and Princess Pageant,” an annual event sponsored by the Genesee County Agricultural Society. Winners were Corinne Rhoads of Le Roy, NY; Sundae Duyssen, also of Le Roy; Ariana Cutcliffe, of Pembroke, NY; Emily Boldt, of Stafford, NY and Rebekah Allen, of Oakfield, NY. [Read more…]

Bringing back a reliable beef breed

CW-MR-3-Autmn-Harvest681by Sally Colby

Tim and Sarah Haws started their Romulus, NY farm in 2001 with six chickens; hardly enough to keep them busy. “Both my wife and I were working off the farm, but we really enjoyed the farm,” said Tim. “Then we got a few cows, and now we have over 100.” [Read more…]

Heavy use areas for horses

CW-MR-2-Heavy-use-paddocks63251by Sally Colby

Sacrifice lot, heavy use area, exercise lot, gravel paddock are among the names used to describe an area that is designed for horses as a component of a management system, perhaps as a component of rotational grazing or when grazing is limited. [Read more…]