Each year, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Cayuga County delivers a Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification course, specifically to educate youth. Youth from Cayuga and the surrounding counties are invited to participate in this very important safety program. This year, 10 teenagers from Cayuga and Onondaga Counties successfully completed the six week (24 hour) safety certification course. [Read more…]
Dr. Gareth Bath, University of Pretoria, South Africa, says when it comes to treating sheep and goats for internal parasites, producers have spent far too long concentrating on the parasites instead of the host.
“We tended to rely on dosing remedies that worked,” said Bath, explaining the worldwide resistance problem. “Since the 1960s, there have been a series of excellent drugs. Unfortunately, this led us to be lazy and get into bad habits and not think of anything except a dosing program. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Katie Ann Bower didn’t grow up on a farm, but her love of animals started when she was young.
“I’ve always had animals at my house,” said Katie. “I was being bullied in high school, so my parents got me a horse. I started going to 4-H, and my leader gave me lessons and took me to horse shows. I paid for my lessons by working on her dairy farm.”
That experience is what led Katie to fall in love with the dairy industry. [Read more…]
Sprouted grains have become a “very controversial” and a “very hot topic” in dairy grazing, Dr. Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, said in the recent eORganic webinar “Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms.”
“You’re taking a grain, and you’re sprouting it.” [Read more…]
Running farm machinery on main roads is hazardous. “You are not required to pull over,” reported New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Agricultural Safety Specialist, Jim Carrabba, featured speaker at Schoharie County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Day, co-sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]
As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]
This past month has been really busy! April 7 through April 9, 13 SUNY Cobleskill students traveled to Syracuse, NY to participate in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy. What is Dairy Challenge you ask? [Read more…]
While dairymen traditionally have been tied to the farm to feed and milk the animals at regular intervals, the newest technology allows dairy farmers some escape from the clock. A recent workshop on dairy automation demonstrated that dairy farming has gone hi-tech. [Read more…]