The Rhode Island Farm Bureau’s Annual Dinner Meeting featured something extra special this year: a visit from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Vincent “Zippy” Duvall. The meeting was held at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI in November. Also present were Rhode Island state senators and representatives, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, educators from Cooperative Extension, local agricultural leaders, and farmer members. [Read more…]
At Recombinetics, a company which specializes in genetic modifications, including that of livestock, naturally hornless — or polled — Holsteins are one of the selected traits which they’ve been able to produce via gene editing techniques.
Dehorning cattle is going to become one of the primary issues facing the dairy and beef industry in the near future, Dr. Jen Burton, veterinarian for Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative, predicted last year. [Read more…]
MORRISVILLE, NY — When you visit Central New York farmer’s markets or garden centers, you’re likely to see the buffalo girl, the honey guy and the chicken lady. But in the mix of vendors, you’ll come upon a different kind of livestock farmer and her signature mascot, O’Smiley McWiggler. Yes, ladies, gentlemen, gardeners and farmers, you’ve happened upon a red-wiggler royal: The Worm Queen. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers who have good calf care protocol are likely to raise more heifer calves to maturity that go on to become productive herd members. But raising calves can be tricky, and they often become ill without warning.
Dr. Michael Ballou, nutritional biologist at Texas Tech University, states a fact that every dairy farmer knows: calves are the future of the herd. “What you do for calves will have a long-term impact on that animal’s productivity later in life.” [Read more…]
Winter calf care was one topic discussed at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 2016 Calf Management Workshops held across New York State.
During a workshop held in Norwich, NY, CNY CCE Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian and Betsy Hicks of CCE Southern Central NY Dairy and Field Crops team led a discussion on the importance of meeting neonatal and pre-weaned calf requirements in the northeast winter months. [Read more…]