Implementing forested buffers in a rotational grazing system

by Tamara Scully
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture recently hosted a field day, designed to introduce area farmers to the use of forested riparian buffers and other conservation practices. The event was held at Forks Farm Market in Orangeville, PA, an 85 acre diverse livestock farm, located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Susan Beal, DVM, ag science advisor and interim farm based education coordinator for PASA, moderated the event, which featured pasture walks, slideshow presentations and group discussions.
Farmers John and Todd Hopkins have been grazing cows on their farm since 1985. After initially running as a cow/calf operation and selling to a sales barn, they realized that making a profit was going to require a change in business planning. [Read more…]

Affordable care act

by Katie Navarra
If you think the Affordable Care Act will not impact your business, think again. “It is going to impact you,” said Sandy Buxton, Farm/Ag Business Management Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Washington County, NY. “Frequently I hear, ‘I don’t have more than 50 employees, so it won’t affect me’,” she said.
Businesses with less than 50 employees are not required to provide insurance. But the Affordable Care Act requires that all individuals, all employees enroll in a health insurance plan. “You may not be worried because you are not a big enough employer to be impacted,” she added, “but your employees are going to have to have insurance.” Be prepared to provide information on where employees enroll on their own.

If it’s dairy, he collects it

CN-MR-3-If it's dairy 1by Sally Colby
Earl Bennett’s home wasn’t always filled with old milk bottles, dairy signs and other dairy memorabilia. Antiques, especially dairy antiques, always intrigued him, and his hobby-turned-business began innocently enough when Bennett and his father were in the feed and grain business.
“We delivered grain to all of the dairy farms south of Boston; all the way to the tip of the Cape and the islands,” said Bennett, of Holbrooke, MA. “As the dairy farms went out of business, I asked them for a bottle to remember them by. That’s how I started collecting.”
In addition to having some rare and unique bottles in his collection, Bennett has interesting stories that go with bottles from the days of home milk delivery. He tells the story of the Quabbin Reservoir, built in the 1930s to supply the growing city of Boston. To create the reservoir, people from several towns were relocated before the entire area was flooded. One of the towns that was flooded was Prescott, and Bennett has one of the bottles from the Griswold dairy in that town. Another unique bottle in his collection is from the Richard Lamont dairy farm in Vermont, which bottled milk in an exclusive tall, round amber pyro quart bottle. [Read more…]

Holstein hat-trick for Supreme Champion at 2013 All-American Dairy Show

CMN-DY-MR-4-Holstein 2Senior, Junior, Bred-and-Owned Supreme Champions chosen

Whitaker Stormatic Rae-ET was crowned the Supreme Champion of the 2013 All-American Dairy Show on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Owned by Craig Walton and Gene Iager of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, “Rae” rose above 1,212 head of cattle represented from seven dairy breeds to earn the supreme title.
Walton and Iager earned $3,000 sponsored by Cargill, of Shippensburg, PA.
The six other All-American Grand Champions represented were: [Read more…]

Treating diarrhea with goat’s milk

by George Looby, DVM
Successfully treating diarrhea in the newborn of all species has long been a challenge to those charged with their care. Infants whose immune systems have yet to be developed rely on antibodies from their mother’s colostrum to provide the protection they need until their own systems can begin to provide some degree of protection. Despite the best efforts of their caregivers, very young farm animals are often exposed to a wide variety of organisms in their environment which can wreak havoc on them. Most often these invaders attack the gastro intestinal tract resulting in a loose, watery diarrhea which leads to dehydration and sometimes, if left untreated, death. [Read more…]