Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CN-FH-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]

Jim and Sam Dobson use wisdom of the past to thrive in the market of today

CM-MR-2-SAM-DOBSON_1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

CENTRAL SCHOOL, NC — “We’ve just gone back in time,” said Sam Dobson, describing the change his family’s dairy has gone through in becoming organic.

“We’re working ground again, cultivating, using a higher seed population,” he said, of the strategies he and his father Jim are using to control weed pressure in the crop fields. “The cool thing is, we had the equipment on hand. That’s what I grew up doing.” [Read more…]

Farm Safety Tip – Hay Harvest Safety

Harvesting hay can be very dangerous: A 61-year-old catches his sweatshirt in a hay baler and is killed. A 43-year-old farmer catches his arm in the PTO of a self-unloading wagon. The amputated arm cannot be reattached because it is mangled too badly. A 57-year-old man dies of internal injuries when caught in a hay baler. A 50-year-old is crushed to death by a load of hay that topples from a farm wagon as a flat tire is being changed. An 18-year-old falls into the beaters of a self-unloading wagon. Almost two hours go by before the victim is found. [Read more…]

Dairy herd management and methane production

by Tamara Scully

Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]

Lively Run Goat Dairy keeps it fresh and local

CW-MR-5-Lively-Run55821by Alex Huebner

The beginning of Suzanne and Steve Messmer’s journey into cheese making started as a favor. A family that lived nearby them in the town of Interlaken, NY owned Lively Run Goat Dairy and wanted to take a trip abroad. They asked the Messmers if they would be willing to tend to their goat herds while they were gone. [Read more…]