Fighting the silver bullet mentality

CM-50-1-Fighting-the-s1ilverby Sally Colby

Dr. Gareth Bath, University of Pretoria, South Africa, says when it comes to treating sheep and goats for internal parasites, producers have spent far too long concentrating on the parasites instead of the host.

“We tended to rely on dosing remedies that worked,” said Bath, explaining the worldwide resistance problem. “Since the 1960s, there have been a series of excellent drugs. Unfortunately, this led us to be lazy and get into bad habits and not think of anything except a dosing program. [Read more…]

Working toward a career in dairy

by Sally Colby

Katie Ann Bower didn’t grow up on a farm, but her love of animals started when she was young.

“I’ve always had animals at my house,” said Katie. “I was being bullied in high school, so my parents got me a horse. I started going to 4-H, and my leader gave me lessons and took me to horse shows. I paid for my lessons by working on her dairy farm.”

That experience is what led Katie to fall in love with the dairy industry. [Read more…]

Sprouted grains for grazing dairies

CW-MR-1-Sprouted-gr1ains1by Tamara Scully

Sprouted grains have become a “very controversial” and a “very hot topic” in dairy grazing, Dr. Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, said in the recent eORganic webinar “Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms.”

“You’re taking a grain, and you’re sprouting it.” [Read more…]

Farm Safety Day: Part 2

CW-MR-3-Farm-Safety-Day2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Running farm machinery on main roads is hazardous. “You are not required to pull over,” reported New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Agricultural Safety Specialist, Jim Carrabba, featured speaker at Schoharie County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Day, co-sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

A head start for cover crops

CW-CM-42-2-Head-start-cover2by Sally Colby

As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]