Hay fires are more common than straw fires, for reasons involving the type of forage, the moisture content in the stored forage, and heat production. After forages are cut, respiration of plant fibers (burning of plant sugars to produce energy) continues in plant cells, causing the release of a small amount of heat. When the forages are cut, field dried and baled at the recommended moisture level (20-percent or less), plant cell respiration slows and eventually ends. [Read more…]
The Hereford Nation took Grand Island, NE, by storm as it hosted the record-setting 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event June 27-July 3, more than 800 youth from 38 states exhibited a record-number 1,441 entries. [Read more…]
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
Crop plans, CSA members, emails and farm expenses are just some of the critical files on our computers these days. Has a friend’s computer or mobile device been hacked? Do you know someone who was a victim of identity theft or had a hard drive crash? Did you learn from their misfortune? [Read more…]
Part 1: cattle handling basics
If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.
“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”
With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]
New York State hops producers were privileged to have an opportunity to attend an Intensive Hop Production Workshop featuring international speaker and industry consultant Michael Roy, 4th generation hop farmer of Moxee, WA. [Read more…]
Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]
On June 15, the Erie County 4-H had their annual goat fitting and showing meeting at The Steff Farm in East Concord, NY.
Two of the older experienced 4-Her’s taught goat fitting, such as trimming hooves, grooming, and show prep. The group practiced several moves that they would be doing during their shows in order to demonstrate to the judge their showmanship abilities.
A fun time was had by all. Everyone is excited to show at the fair this year! [Read more…]
NORTH BROOKFIELD, NY — When’s it’s raining enough to spoil hay-making, a good way to get your mind off the weather is to go visit your neighboring farmers. It just so happened that these neighbors were two hours apart. The common thread for the linkage of Delaware County farmers with Madison County farmers was grazing management. [Read more…]