Preparing a market lamb for show season

CEWN-MR-2-Preparing 1by Sally Colby

Competing in market lamb and showmanship classes is hard work, but that work pays off. Proper fitting of a market lamb for the show ring involves a sound feed and exercise program as well as grooming preparation before the show.

Start the season with a calendar — mark down the dates of every show you plan to attend, from local to regional or even national. Select lambs that have the frame and growth potential that will keep them gaining steadily until show or market time. When you purchase the lamb, request a record of the lamb’s health, including the dates of immunizations and dewormings. Ask which product was used for deworming so that you can switch to a different product if necessary. Most club lambs require a CD&T booster as well as regular deworming. Watch withdrawal dates on all medications, and use clean needles and proper technique when administering vaccines. [Read more…]

Developing a grassed waterway

CEW-MR-3-Grassed waterw#1C0by Sally Colby

Soil and water are among any farm’s most valuable resources, but the two don’t always make the ideal combination. Water in the form of runoff is a powerful force, and can remove significant amounts of soil from agricultural land. To solve the problem of runoff and to protect soil, water can be effectively diverted to a desirable location by means of grassed waterways. [Read more…]

Central NY 2014 Dairy Day ~ looking to the future

CEW-MR-2-Dairy Dayby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Are robotic milkers in your dairy’s future? What are your options for installing low-cost milking parlors on your farm? How can you economically transition from a tie stall to a free stall with a low-cost milking parlor? Can you make your dairy more profitable? These were questions that speakers, including Cornell’s ProDairy program financial analyst Jason Karszes, ProDairy’s Kathy Barrett and University of Wisconsin, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering David Kammel, addressed at Central New York’s 2014 Dairy Day. [Read more…]

Your farm as a classroom

CEW-MR-1-John Bowne794by Steven E Smith

“I love it out here. It is just perfect to me,” stated Gieselle as she was reflecting on the fullness of her summer experiences at Dreamroad dairy farm in Johnstown, NY. Giselle’s excitement for farm chores was not because she is a member of the Ferry family farm, she was a summer work-study student from John Bowne High School in New York City. After finishing her junior year of school, Gisselle had reached the placement phase and working at a dairy farm was her goal. After years of commitment and demonstrated proficiency in her school’s Ag program experience, Gieselle had the privilege of working closely with animals in preparation to study animal science when she goes to college. [Read more…]