Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

New York Beef Industry Council ‘Farm to Fork’ tours open doors

CEW-MR-3-Farm-to-Fork1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Food service distributors, nutrition educators, culinary instructors, dietitians and other representatives from retail food and restaurant industries joined groups across New York State to attend 2016 Farm to Fork tours, hosted by the New York Beef Industry Council.

Attendees met with dedicated farm owners, touring beef farms and learning how cattle are cared for, from in utero through harvesting. [Read more…]

Keeping the memories alive at Stoney Hill Cattle Co.

CN-MR-39-3-StoneyHill625by Kristen M. Castrataro

When you own a beef operation, it may seem counter-intuitive to name all of your cattle. That kind of personal touch is just one of many that have endeared Stoney Hill Cattle Co. in Charlestown, RI to their customers and their community.

In 1955, Ben Luchka purchased a dairy farm on what is now Stoney Hill Cattle Co. (SHCC). The owner of a paper mill, he had rented land for years, hoping for an opportunity to buy. He jumped at the chance. In the 1960’s he shifted his business model from dairy to beef and sheep. [Read more…]

Consumer trends headline beef conference

“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.”

Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, KS, June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.

Schroeder and fellow Kansas State University ag economist Glynn Tonsor kicked off the conference, talking about beef demand in the next two decades. [Read more…]

Small grains workshop: Applying fungicides

by Katie Navarra

Small grains crops have reached the middle of the growing season and it’s time to plan fungicide applications. “Head blight is such an important disease to control,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator in agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

If the spores of the Fusarium head blight fungus germinate in the developing grain, the seed becomes shriveled and infected with the fungus. “Affected grains are lighter so the combine can sometimes be adjusted to remove light kernels, but distillers and brewers are particular in the quality they will accept,” he said. [Read more…]