Cows always tell the truth

CEW-MR-2-Cow-signals17by Sally Colby

Veterinarian and certified CowSignals® trainer Dr. Hue Karreman wants to help farmers do a better job with their animals under established organic rules. But what he teaches organic farmers applies to herds of all kinds.

Karreman explains the Cow Signals® concept, developed in Holland by veterinarian Jan Hulsen. “It bridges conventional, biological, organic, biodynamic and whatever you’ve got,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one cow, 10 cows, 100 cows or 1,000 cows. [Read more…]

Springville FFA sends kids to Camp Oswegatchie

CW-MR-2-Springville-FFA1by Anne Smith

The Springville FFA Chapter sent 13 kids to camp Oswegatchie this year from July 10 to 15. Once again a great time was had by all!

Some of the highlights this year were tubing on the lake, taking a plane ride over the camp and the ropes course. [Read more…]

Small Grains CCE workshop ~ harvest time

CW-MR-3-Small-grains-harvest1by Katie Navarra

“Waiting for small grains to dry down in the field during harvest season is much like walking down a dark, deserted alley,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr., extension resource educator, agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension, “there is a risk of receiving injury. You want to get through that ‘alley’ as fast as possible.” [Read more…]

Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

Pro-Dairy Summer Dairy Reproduction Update explores voluntary waiting periods

CE-MR-3-Pro-Dairy-Summer3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.

Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.

Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]