The Hereford Nation took Grand Island, NE, by storm as it hosted the record-setting 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event June 27-July 3, more than 800 youth from 38 states exhibited a record-number 1,441 entries. [Read more…]
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
Crop plans, CSA members, emails and farm expenses are just some of the critical files on our computers these days. Has a friend’s computer or mobile device been hacked? Do you know someone who was a victim of identity theft or had a hard drive crash? Did you learn from their misfortune? [Read more…]
Part 1: cattle handling basics
If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.
“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”
With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]
New York State hops producers were privileged to have an opportunity to attend an Intensive Hop Production Workshop featuring international speaker and industry consultant Michael Roy, 4th generation hop farmer of Moxee, WA. [Read more…]
Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]
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…]
On 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…]
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…]