Multi-drug resistant Salmonella Dublin on the rise in New York

2019-05-13T11:03:29-05:00May 13, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Producers came from as far away as Hoosick Falls, NY to attend a presentation about multi-drug resistant Salmonella Dublin at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County, where Marylynn Collins, Dairy & Livestock Educator, CCE Oneida County, teamed up with NYS Ag & Markets, Dr. Melanie Hemenway and Dr. Patrina Ashley, NY State Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP) to inform producers on symptoms, management and prevention practices associated with this deadly disease found in both beef and dairy cattle. (more…)

HR 832: Back whole milk back in our schools

2019-05-13T10:58:58-05:00May 13, 2019|Western Edition|

We are counting on consumers to help us get whole milk back in our schools.

Getting whole milk back in our schools cannot be considered a political issue. We must get whole milk back in our schools for our children’s’ sake. It’s important that their bodies and their developing brains have real whole milk. With the majority of dairy farmers back up against the wall because of financial pressures, I feel that consumers will be the deciding factor to help get whole milk back in our schools. (more…)

Dairy farmers continue to defy the odds

2019-05-20T08:32:24-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Recent figures released by the United States Department of Agriculture illustrate that from 2008 to 2018, 19,659 dairy farmers left their farms across the United States.

However, the remaining 37,468 dairy farmers produced 27,593 billion pounds more of milk in 2018 than was produced in 2008.

Wisconsin dairy farmers clearly illustrated what is going on in the dairy industry. In 2008, Wisconsin dairy farmers were producing 24.4 billion pounds of milk. This figure increased to 30.5 billion pounds of milk in 2018. The amazing thing is, during those 10 years, Wisconsin lost 5,230 dairy farms. The number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is down to 8,500. (more…)

NYFB’s 2019 Feast-East

2019-05-13T10:49:21-05:00May 13, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Brown’s Brewing, Revolution Hall, Troy, NY, provided the perfect setting for New York Farm Bureau’s 2019 Feast-East fund raising event, where folks came together to socialize and support the Foundation as the educational arm of NYFB. (more…)

Crop Comments: Five second flash to bang

2019-05-13T09:07:26-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Monday afternoon I took 13 soil samples. Immediately upon returning home, I spread out each of the samples on newspapers on card tables on our front porch. Early this afternoon, all samples appeared to have dried sufficiently overnight to screen successfully. After screening, the separated soil was returned to the sandwich bag in which it left its field. The sealed baggie was placed in a small cardboard box to be sent with other samples to the soil lab in Ithaca. (more…)

Understanding heterosis and breed complementarity

2019-05-16T15:26:37-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Part 1: heterosis

by Sally Colby

EPDs are a great tool for cattle breeders, but there’s more to developing a breeding system than looking at numbers.

For years, beef cattle breeders have taken advantage of crossbreeding and the resulting hybrid vigor to develop good cowherds. Dr. Megan Rolf, assistant professor of genetics at Kansas State University, said the benefits of crossbreeding can be summarized by two main categories: heterosis and breed complementarity. (more…)

Economic outlook for ag

2019-05-17T15:56:42-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

CLYDE, NY — It’s easy to get nearsighted with the activities on one’s own farm and lose touch with industry trends. That’s why David M. Kohl, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, presented “Economic Radar Screen 2019-2020” at a recent open house at A.N. Martin Systems, LLC. (more…)

Antibiotic use and resistance on dairy farms

2019-06-03T15:48:01-05:00May 13, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Hayley Springer cut to the chase by answering the question “What is antibiotic resistance?” It is the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic that would otherwise kill it or stop its growth. This is due, she said, “to a change in the bacteria. People think it’s a change in the animal or a change in the drug, but it’s a change in the bacteria that causes the disease.” (more…)

Livestock welfare and silvopasture

2019-05-16T15:27:11-05:00May 6, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

When livestock are grazing, providing shade keeps them cool and productive. Shelter, to protect from precipitation or extremely cold temperatures, is sometimes needed. Pasture forages must provide the needed nutrition, in enough abundance, to promote daily gain and animal health. Silvopasture systems can meet all of these needs while producing another crop from the land and enhancing resiliency in livestock farming systems. (more…)

Sustainable farm fulfills couple’s lifelong dream

2019-05-06T13:19:35-05:00May 6, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Fire Creek Farms in Livonia, NY is, in many ways, a dream come true to its owners. Farming has always been important to Jakob Stevens and his fiancé, Kyli Knickerbocker. Both grew up farming and realized while initially dating that they wanted to start their own farm together. The couple launched their operation in 2016 with 10 pigs. (more…)