Erie County 4-H goat meeting

CW-MR-Goat-meeting31by Anne Smith

On June 15, the Erie County 4-H had their annual goat fitting and showing meeting at The Steff Farm in East Concord, NY.

Two of the older experienced 4-Her’s taught goat fitting, such as trimming hooves, grooming, and show prep. The group practiced several moves that they would be doing during their shows in order to demonstrate to the judge their showmanship abilities.

A fun time was had by all. Everyone is excited to show at the fair this year! [Read more…]

The Erie County Dairy Princess and her court attend the Marilla Firemen’s Carnival Parade

CW-MR-2-Marilla-2c1On June 20, The Erie County Dairy Princess and some of her court attended the Marilla Firemen’s Parade. They rode in a flat hay wagon donated for the day by Foss Brothers Farm from Marilla, NY. The girls were escorted by Darryl Lippert from Alexander, NY.

A special thank you goes out to Amy Laduca and Jill Roesche for all their help decorating the hay wagon and special thanks to Anita Richmond for donating the candy. [Read more…]

Handling manure can be risky business

CM-MR-3-Manure-gasses16061by Sally Colby

Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.

Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]

A Picasso in the pasture

CEW-MR-3-Picasso101by Troy Bishopp

EARLVILLE, NY — Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” A NOFA-NY workshop billed as “Making Milk on Grass” found the true gift of pasture craftsmanship right in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A captivated audience of 70 farmers witnessed an exquisite canvas of beautiful cows, frolicking calves and diverse pastures at the hands and management of “Rembrandt” organic dairy farmer, Dave Stratton. [Read more…]

Dealing with arthritis

CEW-MR-2-FARMER-ARTHRITIS_29301by Sally Colby

For production farmers, slowing down or taking a break from daily work when dealing with pain from arthritis is not always an option. “Taking a break requires a change in thinking,” said Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility coordinator at the Arthritis Foundation. “Farmers must accept that they have to take breaks.” Wolfe isn’t handing out advice without first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in production agriculture. [Read more…]