Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

Creamery “fits the mold” at Lime Kiln Farm

CE-MR-3-LimeKiln6911by Samantha Graves

When Brent Zimmerman went on a vacation to Italy in 1991, he never expected the return trip would take 23 years. Nor could he have anticipated how an elderly Italian woman who had lost her sight would nurture Zimmerman’s gift for cheese making and help launch him into a successful creamery business.

“I always knew I would end up on a farm,” said Zimmerman. “I just didn’t think it would be in Italy.” [Read more…]

Pro-Dairy Summer Dairy Reproduction Update explores voluntary waiting periods

CE-MR-3-Pro-Dairy-Summer3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Dairy farming is getting more sophisticated,” commented Dr. Julio Giordano, Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management at Cornell.

Giordano was a key speaker at the Pro-Dairy Summer Reproduction Update meetings, which took place across New York State.

Giordano and Matias Stangaferro, DVM, MS discussed studies they have been part of concerning voluntary waiting periods (VWP) for cows after calving and determining the optimal time involved to improve milk production and farm profit. [Read more…]

The National Oliver Show coming to Canandaigua, NY

CW-MR-3-NATIONAL-OLIVER3The HPOCA National Oliver Show is being held at The New York Steam Engine Assn. 56th annual Pageant of Steam, Aug. 10 to 13.

In addition to this event being the National Oliver Show, it is also the “100 years of Cletrac Show.” The feature tractor will be the Cletrac model F. It is expected to be the largest showing of Cletrac and Oliver crawlers plus hundreds of Oliver and Hart-Parr wheel tractors. [Read more…]

Turnout impressive for annual 4-H horse show

NEW HAVEN, CT — Nearly 100 competitors from 20 Vermont 4-H clubs participated in the annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show, held July 7-10 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sponsored the event, which included a division for youths without horses. All participants took part in quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests while 4-H’ers with horses competed in the 4-H Division and also were evaluated in fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes. [Read more…]