Beef cattle disease

by Tamara Scully

The Veterinary Feed Directive, going into effect fully in Jan. 1, 2017, will change the way producers handle some common treatments for diseases. Any medically important antibiotics will have to be prescribed by a veterinarian. But before cattle get sick, vaccination is a preventative step available for many diseases.

Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, recently discussed common cattle diseases, prevention and treatments. The top disease concerns, ranging in severity, are: bovine respiratory disease; diarrheal disease; reproductive disease; and muscoskeletal disease. Vector diseases, transmitted by a bite, typically from a fly or tick, are also of concern. [Read more…]

Volunteer firefighters take initiative for tractor rollover preparedness

CE-MR-3-SOUTH-MINDEN-colorby Michael Wren

SOUTH MINDEN, NY — Living in a rural farming community definitely has its advantages. Fresh air, friendly people, and room to stretch your legs to name a few perks. However, with farming and working with heavy machinery, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. And when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong. This forethought is exactly why the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department decided to take a preventative strike against farm accidents, mainly tractor rollovers. They enrolled in a Farmedic class taught by Erik Merrell, an instructor working with McNeil & Co., a specialized risk management insurance company from Cortland, to learn how to properly handle a real life catastrophe. [Read more…]

Identifying, reaching and connecting with agritourism customers

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, and regardless of whether you’re selling products at farmers’ markets or through social media; the recent webinar, The Strategy of Identifying, Reaching and Connecting with YOUR Agritourism Customers, had something to offer.

Coordinated by Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator for the Ag and Natural Resources, University of California (UC ANR) Small Farm Program, Davis, CA, and FarmsReach founder/ Executive Director Melanie Cheng; the webinar was first of a series to take place every two weeks through July 14. [Read more…]