Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Change Adaptation Conference

CE-MR-1-Environmental-systems1by Tamara Scully

Climate change is real. It’s impact will both be felt by dairymen, and will be influenced by their management practices. That message was heard loud and clear as leading researchers, extension and conservation professionals, professors, energy professionals, engineers and dairy farmers gathered for an intensive two-day conference — with a third day of tours — focused on mitigating the impact of climate change. Held at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus, the conference was co-hosted by Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY program. [Read more…]

Pageant winners highlight local agriculture

CW-TM-1-Pageant-winners1c1by Daniel Crofts

On Wednesday, July 22, five remarkable young ladies from Genesee County, NY received the coveted crowns of their County Fair’s “Queen and Princess Pageant,” an annual event sponsored by the Genesee County Agricultural Society. Winners were Corinne Rhoads of Le Roy, NY; Sundae Duyssen, also of Le Roy; Ariana Cutcliffe, of Pembroke, NY; Emily Boldt, of Stafford, NY and Rebekah Allen, of Oakfield, NY. [Read more…]

Bringing back a reliable beef breed

CW-MR-3-Autmn-Harvest681by Sally Colby

Tim and Sarah Haws started their Romulus, NY farm in 2001 with six chickens; hardly enough to keep them busy. “Both my wife and I were working off the farm, but we really enjoyed the farm,” said Tim. “Then we got a few cows, and now we have over 100.” [Read more…]

Heavy use areas for horses

CW-MR-2-Heavy-use-paddocks63251by Sally Colby

Sacrifice lot, heavy use area, exercise lot, gravel paddock are among the names used to describe an area that is designed for horses as a component of a management system, perhaps as a component of rotational grazing or when grazing is limited. [Read more…]

Deciphering requirements for organic livestock feed

CEW-MR-1-Deciphering7501by Tamara Scully

Certified Organic producers must follow the Organic Feed Standards. But it’s not easy. Although guidance and resources are available, the many components of a feed ration and the various rules governing these can be difficult to decipher. Working closely with your certifier, and assuring that all rations are approved before utilizing them, are the best ways to insure that your organic certification remains valid. [Read more…]