Rene Gasser is the seventh generation to work with horses, and not just any horses — Friesians — the Spanish Andalusians, Lipizzaners and Carthusians. Living part time in Australia and Switzerland, he has been touring for the last 10 years in Australia and abroad his productions, including Gala of the Royal Horses, Lipizzaner’s With the Stars and Equestra. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
As has been stated many times in recent years, the services, facilities and support programs available to new, young and start up farmers has expanded remarkably, making career transitions into agriculture far smoother than they would have encountered not that many years ago. The mindset of those closely involved at the support level has done an almost complete turn around in the last decade to one that finds itself eager to provide assistance in a wide variety of ways to those in the start-up mode. [Read more…]
As days grow shorter and nights grow cooler, many growers see their largest harvests of the year. Be sure to sell that bountiful harvest at its freshest. UVM Extension’s Mary Peabody, Director of the Women’s Agricultural Network and UVM Extension Specialist in Community Resources and Economic Development offers growers these useful tools to liven up their market booths, draw in customers and boost sales. [Read more…]
Nutrient management is a process of planning for manure and fertilizer applications to individual crop fields. Whereas whole farm nutrient balance considers the location and flow of nutrients onto, within and off the entire farm. Whole farm nutrient balance involves taking a step back and also comparing the amount of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and other nutrients entering the farm as purchased feed, fertilizer, animals etc. with the amount of nutrients leaving the farm as milk, animals, crops, manure exports to other farms, etc. Such a comparison can help in determining the economic and environmental impacts of nutrient management on dairy and livestock farms. [Read more…]
Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
“This is the first year in 40 years that there has not been a decline in fluid milk sales,” reported District 5 State Director Terri Phillips at the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council (ADADC) annual banquet and meeting.
Phillips, who has held the position of State Director for three years, commented that all of the State directors on the board of the ADADC are farmers and understand the “trials and tribulations” that farmers face daily. [Read more…]
Two young girls arrived with their parents and other extended family at the All-American Dairy Show held recently in Harrisburg, PA, and knew they’d be spending a lot of time working hard to prepare cattle for the show. The young girls, 11-year old Madisyn Wright and her 9-year old sister Bailey, were with their parents Nicole and John Wright, who farm in Dekalb Junction, NY. [Read more…]
Eight students of Penn State’s Department of Animal Science Advanced Beef Production course traveled to our nation’s capital to speak with industry representatives and meet with legislators and their staff, Sept. 27th- 29th. The intense two-day trip was designed to help students understand the issues within the beef industry and observe the legislative process as they met with congressional delegations to explain the issues.