Coats for goats

CE-MR-2-Coats-for-goats2by Al Dorantes

This story sounds like a rhyming children’s story. There are pickles and jams in jars and goats in coats on a farm. But there is more to this story.

Pashley Farm, in Schuyler, NY is also home to Rosie’s Heavenly Harvest. Rose Burroughs creates homemade salsas, butters, canned products; all fresh and natural. The farm and the canning all started seven years ago when she thought she could make goat’s milk cheese. They have not quite come to fruition with the cheese but they make jams and jellies, wine, vinegar from the wine, maple syrup and more. The farm is also home to goats, ducks, and chickens.

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Support continues for farmer facing animal cruelty accusations

CE-MR-1-ROCKWOOD1by Branden Jaquays

Joshua Rockwood, the New York farmer who is facing multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, appeared in Glenville Town Court on April 21. His attorney, Andrew Safranco filed a formal demand for discover evidence and a bill of particulars. “We need to see the evidence they believe they have, then we’ll make our summations from there about going forward.”

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Public Notice by The Maine Pork Producers Association And the National Pork Board

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2016 National Pork Producers {Pork Act} Delegate Body will take place at 1:30 P.M. Sunday, April 26, 2015. In
conjunction with a regular meeting of The Maine Pork Producers Association at the Witter farm classroom off College Ave at the University of Maine, Orono, 04473. All Maine Pork Producers are invited to attend. [Read more…]

Air blast sprayers: useful but difficult to calibrate

CN-MR-2-AIR BLAST2by Bill and Mary Weaver

Now New Hampshire and PA Extensions have a grant-funded calibration unit that can quickly and accurately measure the output of each nozzle on the sprayer. In Pennsylvania, the cost to the grower is $50 for the first sprayer and $35 for a second one. The rest of the expenses, estimated at $200, are paid for by grant funds supplied by the PA Department of Agriculture and the State Horticulture Association of PA. The calibration unit has eight cylinders, each with a quick-connect hose that connects to the nozzles on your air blast sprayer. “The unit does the job with precision,” says Dr. Kerry Richards, Director of the Pesticide Education Program for Penn State Extension. According to Richards, the grower can see on the unit which of his nozzles are ‘off’ and not working properly. “What’s at stake is your bottom line,” [Read more…]

New restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock feeding

by George Looby, DVM

For almost 60 years the use of antibiotics as additives in livestock and poultry feeds has been an accepted and recommended practice. It was found that such use increased feed efficiency and was thought to reduce the incidence of low grade infections. This practice did not go unnoticed by consumer groups who became concerned about the likelihood that such drugs would find their way into the human food chain with unknown consequences. For years this very active group made their concerns known to their legislators requesting that some sort of regulations be instituted that would control such activity. In time the medical community began to observe an increase in the number of antibiotic resistant strains they were observing in their practices. This was particularly evident in hospital settings where compromised patients were failing to to respond to conventional antibiotic therapy. This trend led to very real concern among physicians and hospital staff when the MRSA (Methacillin resistant Staph aureus) problem began to surface. [Read more…]