Steuben County farmer sets sight on year-round grazing

CW-MR-3-Steuben-Cty-walk311by Troy Bishopp

LINDLEY, NY — Is year-round grazing possible in the rugged hill country of Steuben County? John Burns thinks so and is putting a lot of planning and effort to do so. John along with wife, Anne, and their children get this optimism from using a technique known as mob grazing. “We see it as a way to be truly profitable and environmentally friendly at the same time,” said Burns. [Read more…]

Ask the Lawyer

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

  • Can a shareholder or officer ever be held personally liable for the debts or liabilities of a corporation?

Most people (or groups of people) who engage in commercial business ventures choose to do so through a corporation, a limited liability company, or other form of business entity authorized under New York law. Once duly formed, corporations are treated as separate legal entities existing independently from their shareholders (the owners) and officers. Given this separate legal existence, one of the primary benefits of doing business through a corporate entity is the general rule that individual shareholders and officers are usually not personally liable for the debts and liabilities of the corporation. As a result, individuals conducting business through a corporation may usually do so without placing their personal assets at risk. [Read more…]

The cow goes where its nose goes: Part Two

CN-MR-1-The-cow-goes2-8711Part 2: training cattle for routine handling

by Sally Colby

When you’re working cattle in a chute, perhaps near the barn or close to the road, would a visitor have a good first impression?

Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension, says what the casual observer perceives is a good reflection of cattle handling skills. [Read more…]

Trade-offs in bull selection

CE-MR-2-Trade-offs-in-bull1by Steve Wagner

In the mid-1950s western movie masterpiece Giant, which was about Texas, an Oklahoma world champion Brangus bull, two-fifths Brahma and three-fifths Angus, named Clear View King Tut, had his 15 seconds of fame in the movie by merely standing in front of the Victorian-style ranch house. Author John Wooley, in his book Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema, chronicles Tut’s epic Hollywood appearance. [Read more…]

Causes of fires in baled hay or straw

CE-MR-2-HAY-FIRES1Hay fires are more common than straw fires, for reasons involving the type of forage, the moisture content in the stored forage, and heat production. After forages are cut, respiration of plant fibers (burning of plant sugars to produce energy) continues in plant cells, causing the release of a small amount of heat. When the forages are cut, field dried and baled at the recommended moisture level (20-percent or less), plant cell respiration slows and eventually ends. [Read more…]