Twenty-six Greenwich FFA members traveled to the 88th New York State FFA Convention in Albion, NY. Members joined 1,300 other FFA members from across the state to compete in Career Development Events(CDEs), receive their Empire Degree, Proficiency and Breed Awards, win scholarships, participate in workshops and tour agri-businesses. Greenwich FFA excelled! Easton Murray, Breana Scribner and Joana Wilbur won $6,500 in scholarships. Continue reading
by Stephen Wagner
“Making silage is like making wine. An excellent winemaker cannot make fine wine from bad grapes. And a bad winemaker will certainly make bad wine from good grapes.” That was the opening gambit and theme setter from presenter Robert Fry, DVM, at a breakout session at Pennsylvania’s 2013 Dairy Summit. After graduating from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977, Fry began a bovine veterinary practice on the Delmarva Peninsula. His career interest has always centered on production and health issues of dairy cows. In 1994, after years of working in traditional dairy operations, he was convinced that a healthy alternative was to manage and feed cows with the principles of Managed Intensive Grazing. To that extent Fry has become a partner in a grazing, seasonal breeding Jersey herd in Kennedyville, MD. He continues to practice Continue reading
Hay can be damaged by rain, snow, wind, and ice if it is stored outside during the fall and winter. Round bales, on average, will lose up to one fourth of its nutrients when stored outside. If the bale was stored properly or inside, this can be reduced to only 10 to 15 percent.
How do you stack or store your bales? In a line so the twine sides touch or are they stacked. If this is one of the ways you store them, extra spoilage can occur at the places where the bales are touching because rain, snow, and ice gather at these spots instead of running off the bale. If you were to line bales up end to end, you will have less spoilage. Continue reading
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
“Alfalfa height has been found to be an efficient and reliable indicator for spring’s first cutting,” reported Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Field Crop Specialist Kevin Ganoe.
Ganoe, who is with the Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Team, spoke to a large audience of crop farmers about the benefits of being able to judge the Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) content not only in alfalfa, but also alfalfa grass mixes and grasses.
“Dave Balbian and I started sampling fields in 2004,” stated Ganoe. “We actually sampled the fields taking what is called a ‘scissors cut’ to send a sample to a forage-testing lab to have it analyzed. We did this for a number of years.” Continue reading