Fitting and showmanship clinic for beef cattle

CEW-MR-2-Beef fitting361by Katie Navarra

Youth ages 5 to 17 had the opportunity to learn fitting and showmanship tips to help them succeed in showing beef cattle at the county fair or at sanctioned beef shows.

A clinic sponsored by the Washington County Junior Beef Club provided youth ages 5 to 17 with fitting and showmanship tips for a successful trip into the show pen at the county fair or other sanctioned shows.

The clinic, held at the Washington County Fairgrounds took place on Saturday, May 31. Multiple 4-H clubs encouraged their members to attend. “We’re ecstatic with the turnout,” said Robert Bentley a co-organizer, “we’ve got 20 kids here today.” [Read more…]

Intelligent mastitis management

CEW-MR-1-MastitisConAs dairy farmers, we need to learn to manage mastitis using a whole arsenal of information rather than routinely treating all our mastitis cases with antibiotics. One step in intelligently managing mastitis, according to Dr. Ernest Hovingh of Penn State, is to learn to culture the organisms causing mastitis on your farm. Which organisms are causing mastitis is one important piece of information you’ll need to figure out the best way to manage your mastitis cases. [Read more…]

Collaborative effort helps CSA owners improve

CM-MR-2-CSASchool1by Jon M. Casey

Approximately 50 CSA farm owners gathered to participate in a daylong program presented by Penn State Extension and Dickinson College covering important aspects of CSA Farming, including food safety, finances and finding shareholders. The notable Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm of Kinderhook, NY began the day with a presentation reminding attendees of the importance of staying the course with the CSA business model while also allowing change to improve profitability and customer service. [Read more…]

4-H teen leaders dream big in Wyoming County

A group of Wyoming County 4-H Youth has taken major strides to increase the presence of 4-H in the Wyoming County community. On May 13, three youth representing the 4-H Teen Leaders Program presented a sign proposal before the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. This proposal involves the installation of signs reading “WYOMING COUNTY 4-H WELCOMES YOU” at regular intervals throughout the county.

On-farm safety concerns for biomass production

CEWM-CN-MR-1-BiomassProd14by Tamara Scully

The United States has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and has almost reached its 2020 goal. There is still a long way to go to meet the goals set for 2050. The use of biomass products will play a large role in reaching this goal, and today’s farmers are gearing up production of alternative fuel sources such as switchgrass, willow and other plant-based crops to be harvested for fuel use. [Read more…]