CANANDAIGUA, NY — Herd management vastly affects herd pregnancy rates, said the experts at a local Cornell-led event, “Successful Reproductive Management” held recently. Moderated by Dave Keller, representing Cornell’s Northwest Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, the forum featured Wesley Smith, herd manager at Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, CT and Scott Yetter, reproduction manager with Cornell University Dairy Research Center in Harford, NY. [Read more…]
The 11th annual Big East Regional Youth and Jackpot Cattle Show took place May 5-7 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event, geared toward youths ages three to 21, consisted of numerous family friendly activities and several different cattle breed shows. The Big East Show also played host to the New England Junior Hereford Association’s regional show and the Northeast Highland Cattle Association Spring Show and Gathering. [Read more…]
Oxen have slowly but surely made their presence known and have become more popular in the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association. Beginning in 2005 with a single ox belonging to then-new member Robin Jurechko, of Campbell Hall, Orange County, New York, the association is now seeing more oxen coming to their events — and this year, at the Annual Spring Plow Day, held at Saunderskill Farms in Accord on April 27, there were 11 oxen present. [Read more…]
If a potential employee shows up at a dairy farm with a clean record, good references and a willingness to learn, there’s a good chance they’ll be hired. Are you sure the applicant is legitimately seeking to join your team for gainful employment, and does your farm have good training protocol in place to give the new employee the best possible opportunity for success? [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Ziems Farms experienced such a winning showing at the recent New York Spring Dairy Carousel that Barb Ziemba has a hard time remembering all the ribbons awarded to her husband, Kevin, and their son, Mason.
The Ziembas brought 26 cows of their 43-head herd from Durhamville, NY to the annual show, held at the New York State Fairgrounds. [Read more…]