NY Holstein Association, Junior Holstein State Conventions showcase cream of the crop

CEW-MR-2-Jr Holstein convention2by Pat Malin

UTICA, NY — Emily Mikel of Stafford, NY, has just 35 registered Holsteins on her family’s farm in Genesee County. Don’t let that small number fool you.

The exceptional herd helped the 16-year-old high school junior walk away with an armful of awards at the New York State Junior Holstein Association’s state convention at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center on Jan. 18.

The three-day junior convention was preceded by the All-Breeds State Convention, also held in Utica, Jan. 15-17. Events at the junior convention included the election of junior officers, selection of Distinguished Junior Members, plus a speech contest, and Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy quiz competitions. [Read more…]

Grazing dairy strategies

CM-CN-MR-1-Grazing strategiesby Tamara Scully

There’s a lot of talk these days about different grazing systems. Mob grazing, management intensive grazing (MIG), ultra-high stock density (UHSD) grazing and tall grass grazing systems. Most concentrate on beef cattle production. But can these systems translate to dairy cows? In a system where dairy profitability and milk production is dependent upon excellent forage quality and dry matter intake, can these type of grazing strategies make sense?

Mena Hautau, field and forage crop educator with Berks County Extension, recently decided to take a look at what type of “mob grazing” was already happening on southeast Pennsylvania grazing dairies. A Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant allowed her to observe grazing systems on four dairies which have already incorporated some type of intensive, managed grazing system, and are grazing tall grass, using frequent rotations, and grazing in higher densities. They were also all certified organic, although this was not intentional, and all were being managed by dairymen with more than two decades of experience. The dairies are grazing-based dairies with little grain or total mixed rations being fed. [Read more…]

UNH Bee Hotel Featured at 2015 NH Farm and Forest Expo

beehotel_hrDURHAM, N.H. – Visitors to this year’s NH Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester will have a chance to see what the accommodations are like for bees buzzing around Woodman Farm at the University of New Hampshire. A rendition of UNH’s Bee Hotel, which is part of a research project at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES), will be on display.

The bee hotel, which won’t have any guests, will be part of the UNH booth featuring information about the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and the experiment station. The expo runs Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. [Read more…]

WNY Farm Show- February 5-7, 2015

indexHamburg, NY-The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY will host the 5th Annual WNY Farm Show. This three day event works to bring together some of the region’s best equipment providers and farm services with their customer base of agriculturalists, horticulturalists, and local farmers. The show will offer seminars, activities for the kids, and concessions as well. This show is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

At the junction of livestock and the environment

CN-MR-3-VT grazing conf3by Troy Bishopp

FAIRLEE, VT — The frozen surface of Lake Morey and the majestic mountain ranges provide many hours of relaxation, skating, hockey games and ice-fishing while adding the scenic backdrop for the 19th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference. All is quiet under the frozen lakes and soil of the Green Mountain State, but water quality opportunities and challenges coming down the pike for residents and farmers will no doubt heat things up.

Over the years, The Vermont Grass Farmers Association, The Vermont Beef Producers Association and The UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program have explored conference themes in building community and ecological resilience, integrating natural systems and growing the local food movement. This year’s theme, and perhaps the most telling, “At the Junction of Livestock and the Environment” added to the decision-making discussion as the immense Lake Champlain watershed comes under pollution diet restrictions. [Read more…]