Winter feeding strategies

cn-mr-53-1-winter-feeding-strategiesby Tamara Scully

“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”

Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]

Farming with robots ~ pros and cons

ce-mr-1-scipio-center575by Michael Wren

LANSING, NY — Steve Patt is no stranger to working on a farm. Growing up on his parents’ farm in Fultonville, NY, and later in Sherburne, NY, Patt has always been around dairy farms. After graduating from SUNY Cobleskill and later Cornell University Patt began working on large dairy farms in the Scipio Center area. After a few years he and a friend from school decided to try farming for themselves on a rented farm in Scipio. [Read more…]

Cayuga County 4-H members participate in the 2016 NY State Fair

cw-ff-32-6-state-fair-youth1cThe New York State Fair Youth Hereford Beef Show and Youth Showmanship took place on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26. We were thrilled to have one exhibitor participate in these events this year, as this has been a successful result of the revitalization of our local 4-H beef program. [Read more…]

Nothing but forage

cm-mr-54-2-sandy-springs-dairy-9622by Sally Colby

Dairy farmers who have adopted grazing as part of a feeding system know that grazing isn’t a simple matter of opening a gate to a pasture. Grazing that’s part of a feed program takes a lot of planning and effort throughout the year to maintain successful production. [Read more…]

Eating alpaca

cw-mr-3-alpaca-meat-7433by Samantha Graves

Squicky. That’s the word that came to mind when I stared down an alpaca burger served to me by a farmer on a recent trip to Maine. Squicky embodies a feeling of disgust or repulsion, free from judgment over the rightness or wrongness of an act. For some, eating alpaca is like eating your favorite pet or muppet. But for a growing number of farmers in the United States, culling alpacas is not only about making their farm a sustainable enterprise; it’s about improving the quality of the animals raised in the United States. [Read more…]