CNY Farm Progress Show

CEW-MR-2-Farm Progress1by Al Dorantes

CNY Farm Progress Show took place Sept. 10 and 11 at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk (Leonard Gilbert Family). The Central New York Farm Progress Show provides an essential service to the agricultural community. The Central New York Farm Progress show is put on by the Farm Show Committee, a group of hardworking volunteers. The CNY Farm Progress Show is a non-profit organization; any excess funds generated by the show are used to fund youth scholarships and educational programs that will foster learning and involvement in the agricultural community. The show featured about 120 exhibitors ranging from agriculture products and services to equipment and machinery. Attendance averaged about 8,000 – 10,000 people. Activities included an antique tractor show, most attractive display, presentation of Herkimer County Dairy of Distinction Award, and much more. [Read more…]

Demonstration reminds audience of historical significance of oxen in U.S. agriculture

CDM-MR-3-Oxen578by Bill and Mary Weaver

Dr. Darwin Braund, the proud owner of a beautiful pair of Jersey oxen, created a fascinating demonstration at Ag Progress Days on why, after draft horses were imported to America, they quickly replaced oxen in use for heavy work.

The oxen were no match for the speed and strength of a team of Percheron draft horses owned by Dave Rohrbach of Bee Tree Percherons. The oxen had a top speed of 3 miles per hour, and considerably less pulling power. To add insult to injury, Dr. Braund had to walk beside his team of oxen while they hauled a log, while Rohrbach’s horses not only pulled the log, but also Rohrbach, who rode comfortably on a forecart behind them. Braun did point out, however, that all the walking tended to keep owners of oxen in better shape. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY

Q. I co-own a piece of real property with my two siblings. I would like to sell the property and divide the proceeds, but my siblings are against any sale. What can I do? [Read more…]

Cycle of life, the good and bad alike, on display at Cow Birthing Center

CEW-MR-3-Birthing center1by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — Steve Palladino was as proud as any papa after the birth of four young ones, even if they happen to be dairy calves.

The four calves, including just one bull, were born on the morning of Aug. 26 at the Cow Birthing Center, a “live” exhibit at the New York State Fair. Palladino brought six of his cows from Walnut Ridge Dairy Farm in Lansing, NY, and all six had given birth at that point, midway through the 12-day fair. [Read more…]

Teaming up for dairy goat competition

CW-MR-1-Dairy goatby Pat Malin
Thirteen-year-old Nicole Mrzywka and her 16-year-old sister, Natalie, insist they have been competing in the state fair their entire lives. “I was three months old when I first came here in 2001,” said Nicole, adding that her sister was just over two years old at the time.

The sisters and their cousin, Rylie Leer, 14, of Holley in western New York, teamed up to win 19 ribbons and two plaques in the Meat Goat competition at the New York State Fair, including grand champion, percentage doe, percentage doe reserve, master showman, blood doe, reserve junior champion, etc. with their Nubian and Boer goats.

The three girls have also been busy breeding, training and showing cows, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs. “It’s hard sometimes, but everything falls into place,” said Nicole of the teens’ hectic schedule.