Mark your calendars for the April 25 SUNY Cobleskill 2015 Livestock Sale

CE-MR-2-Cobleskill-Sale1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Folks looking for well raised small livestock will definitely want to attend the livestock auction at the SUNY Cobleskill campus on April 25.

Technically known as the ‘3rd Colby Commencement Sale’, the sale will include hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, Bob White quail and possibly a few fall born Angus calves. [Read more…]

Land for Good

CN-MR-1-LAND FOR GOOD-field-staffby George Looby, DVM

Since the beginning of this century there has been a modest resurgence in the number of organizations whose mission is to encourage the preservation of farms and farmland and assist new farmers in acquiring land and gaining the knowledge to manage it successfully. Many young people are finding a career in farming satisfying in ways that cannot be achieved in other career fields. The pitfalls and obstacles this group faces are many and varied but help is available for those who know where to look. Land for Good will assist those who are searching for new resources to explore. [Read more…]

Is it organic or is it natural?

by George Looby, DVM

As the designated shopper makes his/her way through the aisles of the supermarket with the square wheel of the shopping cart not quite in sync with the other three one cannot help but be somewhat confused by the array of designations given to even the the most basic of foodstuffs. Not that long ago eggs were Grade A Jumbo, Extra Large, Large etc. Now one of the more basic of our dietary needs has been given additional designations and making sense of it all becomes a bit confusing. Free range, natural, organic, GMO free … just what do all of these designations mean or do they mean anything at all? [Read more…]

Feeding your cattle on hayland better for soils, forage stands

CM-MR-2-Carbon-Cycle-8by Karl H. Kazaks

Recently NRCS hosted a webinar regarding the importance of the carbon cycle in maintaining soils and agricultural systems, with a special emphasis on understanding the importance of nutrient cycling to better manage hayland. “Hayland is one of those land uses that many of us just often overlook,” said NRCS’s National Soil Health and Sustainability Team Leader David Lamm. “We think that just because something green is growing out there that means everything is fine in the soil ecosystem and all functions are go.” That’s not necessarily always the case, though. “We have actually a fairly degraded situation on our hayland acres because of our standard production” method of removing hay, said the webinar’s featured presenter, Jay Fuhrer. Removing all that vegetative matter removes carbon from the system and ultimately deleteriously impacts soils, and succeeding years’ hay crops. [Read more…]