Cows always tell the truth

CEW-MR-2-Cow-signals17by Sally Colby

Veterinarian and certified CowSignals® trainer Dr. Hue Karreman wants to help farmers do a better job with their animals under established organic rules. But what he teaches organic farmers applies to herds of all kinds.

Karreman explains the Cow Signals® concept, developed in Holland by veterinarian Jan Hulsen. “It bridges conventional, biological, organic, biodynamic and whatever you’ve got,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you have one cow, 10 cows, 100 cows or 1,000 cows. [Read more…]

Quality of life change at Law’s Holstein Dairy

CE-MR-2-Law's-Holstein-Dairy4by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Our quality of life and the cow’s quality of life is 100 percent better!” remarked Kip Law, when explaining how the transition from a tie stall barn to a free stall barn had improved not only his herd, but also his family’s life.

Law is the third generation to be on the farm, which is located in Sherburne, Chenango County, NY. [Read more…]

More for less in pastures

CN-RP-26-1-more-for-less-alfalfaMultispecies pastures show productivity, drought tolerant promise

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources.

  1. Howard Skinner has been researching this idea of more for less in agriculture. Skinner is a physiological plant ecologist and member of the USDA-ARS-Pasture System and Watershed Management Research Unit. He’s been looking into how to increase the amount of forage (grasses and plants that animals eat) pastures can grow. If a piece of land can produce more forage, it can feed more cows. More cows mean more beef and milk.

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Springville FFA sends kids to Camp Oswegatchie

CW-MR-2-Springville-FFA1by Anne Smith

The Springville FFA Chapter sent 13 kids to camp Oswegatchie this year from July 10 to 15. Once again a great time was had by all!

Some of the highlights this year were tubing on the lake, taking a plane ride over the camp and the ropes course. [Read more…]

Small Grains CCE workshop ~ harvest time

CW-MR-3-Small-grains-harvest1by Katie Navarra

“Waiting for small grains to dry down in the field during harvest season is much like walking down a dark, deserted alley,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr., extension resource educator, agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension, “there is a risk of receiving injury. You want to get through that ‘alley’ as fast as possible.” [Read more…]