Ben Weikert has seen nearly every side of beef production possible. He started with beef projects as a young 4-Her, and he competed on a collegiate livestock judging team as he pursued a degree in animal science. He and his brother Owen have developed an elite herd of show cattle and have served as judges at numerous livestock shows. After receiving a master’s degree and serving as an extension agent, Ben is now working toward a PhD in agricultural leadership, and has some tips for youth who plan to show cattle this season. [Read more…]
Attendance at the recent Central New York Beef Producers (CNYBP) workshop-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties — exceeded expectations, with a full house.
Featured speakers, Cornell University Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker and Jerry Emrick, Northeast Beef Specialist with Select Sire Power discussed estrus synchronization, bull scoring, artificial insemination (A.I.) and Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). [Read more…]
Inadequate tie stall design — or lack of stall comfort — contributes to a loss in cow comfort, thus a loss in productivity; as was discussed by Penn State Agriculture Engineer Dan McFarland during CCE Central New York’s 2016 Dairy Day.
McFarland, an advocate of tie stalls, emphasized providing larger stalls in tie stall barns to accommodate the cow’s need to lay with her legs out-stretched and accommodate her posture when lunging low and forward to regain her feet for standing. [Read more…]
Managing manure on a dairy farm can be challenging, especially with ever-changing regulations about when, how and where to put it.
Dr. Robert Graves, Penn State professor emeritus of Ag and Biological Engineering, says that methane digesters are a good option for handling manure on some dairy farms, but producers should be well informed about what a digester does, the cost of establishment and upkeep, and how to keep a digester healthy. Graves added that having an on-farm digester means that the farmer must acquire skills in wastewater treatment, electric power and organic materials management. [Read more…]
Can your cow’s environment and comfort have an impact on her production and milk components?
Researchers and animal scientists are saying a resounding, “Yes!”
Ongoing studies have shown remarkable increases in production and components in herds that have been shifted from overcrowded, small stalls and co-mingled herds to herds grouped by lactation number (first lactation, second lactation, etc.), are not overcrowded and have larger stalls. [Read more…]
Spring has arrived at farm supply stores. Peeping young chicks serenade visiting customers.
Whether you’re looking to add farm raised eggs to your market offerings or are simply interested in having fresh eggs for your family, chickens are relatively easy to integrate on any farm. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“Every living organism has very specific nutritional requirements,” John Kempf, keynote speaker at the NOFA-NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, and founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, said. “Managing plant nutrition is the fundamental tool in yield and quality.”
No matter whether the crop is grass, grain or vegetables, healthy plants not only have immunity to disease and pest pressures, they also enhance the soil environment.” [Read more…]
The 12th annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale was held March 19 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. There were approximately 600 people from all over New England and New York on site to inspect and purchase dairy calves through a consignment auction. A total of 60 calves from seven different dairy breeds were up for bid including Holsteins, Red & White Holsteins, Milking Short Horns, Brown Swiss, Jerseys, Guernsey and Ayrshire. There were plenty of other aspects to the event including youth clinics, commercial vendors, a silent auction and raffles. The calf sale, which was put on by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee, included free admission and parking. [Read more…]