Celebrating the green-up and the underground livestock

CEW-MR-1-Winter green up1by Troy Bishopp

ALBANY, NY — This year’s robust installment of Albany County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Winter Green-Up Grass-Fed Grazing Conference highlighted burgeoning grass-fed markets, grazing management and the little guys under the soil. As guest speaker, Missouri’s NRCS State Soil Health Conservationist and Beef Farmer Doug Peterson put it, “It’s all about the soil biology.”

The theme throughout the two-day event resonated well with farmers from around the Northeast who continue to hone their skills and minds on how to improve their operations. And lest we forget knowledge is better taken with food, graziers enjoyed “the best conference meals in the region.” [Read more…]

New SUNY Cobleskill Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources update

CE-MR-1-SUNY Cobleskill5by Brad Johnson, SUNY Cobleskill, Assistant Professor of Animal Science

At the SUNY Cobleskill School of Agriculture faculty meeting on Jan. 16, John Rose, Project Manager for the new, $38.766 million Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, reported that the expected completion date for the building is June 11.

The 98,000 square foot facility will house the Animal Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Plant Science departments, featuring a USDA inspected meats lab, cold and warm water fish hatcheries, and 18,000 square feet of gutter-connected greenhouse space. [Read more…]

Young boy wins big in Denver

CN-MR-3-Young boy 1by Sally Colby

When seven-year-old Austin Petow was given the opportunity to show a Lowline heifer by the name of Frosty, his parents Bruce and Lisa agreed that it would be a great learning experience for their son.

But Frosty needed some work. She had never seen a person the size of Austin, and was afraid of him. When Frosty arrived at the Petow’s farm in Vernon, CT in March of 2013, the Petows had to come up with a plan to make sure Austin and Frosty got to know one another safely. [Read more…]

Lambing and Kidding 101: the basics

CEW-MR-1-Kidding and Lambing1228by Brad Johnson, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, SUNY Cobleskill

If they’re not already knee-deep in new-born lambs and kids, lambing and kidding season is on the very near horizon for sheep and goat producers throughout the Northeast. Planning ahead for this stressful and sleepless time can significantly impact the success or failure of a producer’s lamb or kidding crop. [Read more…]

Virginia No-Till Alliance annual meetings draw crowds

CM-MR-3-Virginia 3by Karl H. Kazaks

HARRISONBURG, VA — The Virginia No-Till Alliance (VANTAGE) recently held its 5th annual winter meetings at a pair of locations, the Rockingham Fairgrounds and in Chatham at the Olde Dominion Ag Complex. Jeremy Daubert, dairy agent with Rockingham County Extension, estimated that over 250 people attended the event in his county. [Read more…]