This year’s Keystone Farm Show, the 19th annual “Farm Show for Farmers” held Jan 5-7, was by far the biggest and best show yet. Some would say it was “Stellar!” With more than 400 exhibitors filling every venue available at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, attendees were able to shop both indoors and out, because this year’s mild and sunny weather was most accommodating as it welcomed farmers from Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic states. Venues for the vendor’s displays included eight permanent buildings and a heated 200-foot long tent (for the second year), along with a number of outdoor exhibits strategically placed around the show campus. Show manager, Ken Maring, said the response for exhibit space has been so encouraging that the show staff is considering adding a second heated tent for the 2017 Keystone Farm Show. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Animal rights organizations use many tactics, and perhaps one of the most effective is undercover videos.
“It used to be that individuals would break into farms in the dead of night, release animals and capture animals,” said Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, an organization that promotes animal welfare while bringing awareness to animal rights activists. “They learned that that tactic wasn’t garnering sympathy with the media. They weren’t able to get their story out that way, so they decided to get individuals employed on farms to produce undercover videos.” [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
The new employee presented what appeared to be an outstanding resume, and was willing to work wherever she was needed on the farm. With one employee out with an injury and two more away for several weeks, you hired her on the spot.
What happened next is every farmer’s nightmare. That new employee was an animal rights activist, working for a well-known animal rights organization, and had been taking photos and video with the intention of creating an undercover video that would be used against your farm. [Read more…]
BURDETT, NY – Jim Curatolo has been described as an entrepreneur, an outlier, a maverick, a conservationist and to his closest friends, “The Wetland Jesus”. His new title of “retired” probably won’t have him relaxing in a chair for long, but rest assured his 20 year legacy of putting projects on the ground will last a lifetime.
Avoiding financial pitfalls while making every penny count during times of instability in the dairy industry, were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.
Speakers Jason Karszes, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Program Department of Animal Science Cornell University; Sandy Buxton, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist, and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen wrapped up the meeting. [Read more…]
EAST SYRACUSE, NY – The revolution slowly occurring in Americans’ healthcare coverage could be filtering down to the farms.
Hospitals and doctors are being judged now on quality of care and discharges, not on the number of patients they treat. Efficiency is about reducing the number of patients who need to be treated and/or have to be hospitalized.
However, we’re not talking about farmers now, but about the health of their animals.
As new innovative feeding practices evolve over time in the beef industry questions are bound to surface regarding their possible impact on the human food chain and issues regarding animal welfare. In a condition noted in several large-scale slaughterhouses during the summer of 2013 processed cattle showed a reluctance to move, immobility and difficulty breathing at a level above that which would have been considered normal in previous years. The recent issues regarding the long term use of antibiotics as feed additives prompted a careful look at other additives that have found their way into feeding programs throughout the industry.
Poultry production not only occurs in large commercial flocks, it is also finding a resurgence among small-scale farmers and backyard producers. No matter where or how the birds are raised, common poultry diseases are a concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and collecting samples to make a positive diagnosis, can go a long way in insuring poultry health. [Read more…]