Local dairy royalty crowns new princess

Recently the Chautauqua County dairy community passed their promotional torch yet again, as 2015-2016 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Madison Woodis, of Dewittville, NY crowned a new Dairy Princess, Joyce Wiltsie of Frewsburg, NY. This event was held at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, and was attended by a small crowd of the local dairy industry’s distinguished representatives. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Pageant is an annual event, held in conjunction with the national June Dairy Month celebrations. [Read more…]

An old breed performs on grass

CM-MR-41-2-STOLFOLTZby Sally Colby

Jonas and Judy Stoltzfus’ 70-acre central Pennsylvania farm included enough acreage for beef cattle, so they decided to purchase some Angus x Charolais heifers to feed out. Several of those heifers were pregnant, and one turned out to be an exceptional producer that produced winning calves for their children’s 4-H projects.

A neighbor told them about the Limousin breed, and Jonas was impressed with the overall appearance of their herd bull. [Read more…]

NYCAMH to host Grain Bin Rescue Training and Safety Demonstrations at Empire Farm Days

CEW-FS-MR-19-1-NYCAMH-1cby James Carrabba, The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH)

NYCAMH will be hosting a grain bin safety and rescue-training unit at the Health and Safety tent located at the corner of East Pencil Pusher and Sunrise Blvd. The unit is provided by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located in Peosta, Iowa. NECAS Director Dan Neenan will be offering 20-minute educational presentations throughout each day of Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, and providing firefighters and emergency rescue personnel with a free four-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10. [Read more…]

New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]

Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]