For better or for worse

CN-MR-2-ForBetter1by Laura Rodley

The relationship between a teenage girl and her horse is like a marriage — for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Abby Milewski of Gill, MA was 11 years old when she first met a tall, liver-colored Appaloosa named Rex at the Pony Pals 4-H Club. It was love at first sight.

She schooled him from being a backyard horse, never having competed gymkhanas. Together, they learned what it took to train and show a willing and happy show competitor.  She went on to buy him and a further half year of joy showing him at shows such as the Franklin County 4-H Horse Show, co-chaired by Kristie Tognarelli and Barbara Baldwin on Saturday, June 28. Milewski is now 14, and Rex is 19. [Read more…]

2014- 2015 Officers installed at Mohawk Valley FFA Banquet

CE-MR-3-MV FFA1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

State officers of the NYS FFA and officers from the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA Chapter joined the Mohawk Valley FFA Chapter for the 76th Mohawk Valley FFA Annual Banquet and award ceremony on June 20 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.

In addition to awarding Discovery Degrees, Greenhand Degrees and Chapter Degrees, NY FFA 2014-2015 State Reporter Kait Isaac, who is also a Mohawk Valley member, reported on the Career Development Event (CDE) and competition, which took place in May at the NYS FFA Convention. [Read more…]

Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]

WBB Farm

CW-MR-1-WBB Farm06by Katie Navarra

Despite not having any children or grandchildren participating in this year’s Junior Nationals event, Warren (Jr.) and wife, Brenda, Bippert, owners of WBB Farm in Alden, NY, are ecstatic the event will be held in Harrisburg, PA, July 5-12.

Over 600 junior exhibitors from 36 states will travel to Harrisburg to participate. “This is the first time Junior Nationals has been in the East, ever!” Brenda noted, “it’s exciting to get the kids from out west here to see how different it is to raise cattle here in this climate.”
Aside from this being the first year Junior Nationals have been on the East Coast, the Bipperts have a special interest in this year’s competition. James Held from Orchard Park, NY will be showing his cattle at the event. [Read more…]