Franklin County 4-H Fair

CN-MR-27-3-Franklin-County-Fair-8398by Laura Rodley  

Lessons in gentleness and creativity were apparent in the rabbit building at the Franklin County 4-H Fair as participants dressed their small rabbits in homemade costumes.

Maggie Brisbois, of Chesterfield, age 13, transformed her tortoiseshell colored Dutch Rabbit named Double Stuffed into an M&M™ at the fair held June 25. She has previously dressed up her other rabbit, also a tortoiseshell Dutch Rabbit (Oreo) as a knight and Sir Hops-a lot as Super Rabbit. [Read more…]

Path to Profitability: Making organic dairying work


The Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative “Path to Profitability on an Organic Dairy,” workshop was held in Penn Yann, NY recently. Featured speaker was Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Dairy Specialist. Originally organized to offer remote access via webinar, technical difficulties prevented that from happening. Fay Benson, Project Manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative Program (NYODP) is attempting to schedule another webinar with Dr. Tranel later this year. [Read more…]

Lucky 13 All Natural Red Angus Beef strives for excellence

CE-MR-2-Lucky-13-Rewrite3by Sally Colby

When Erin Hull’s husband David mentioned that it was hard to find a decent hamburger in central New York, his next comment was that they should raise their own beef cattle. Erin didn’t think much more about what he said, but was forced to take him seriously when he purchased 13 Hereford cows and brought them to their Tully, NY farm. [Read more…]

2016 National Holstein Convention Sale ranks highest averaging in history

CF4-CFPP-HOLD-FOR-ARTICLE-2016-National-Holstein9by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

2016’s National Holstein Convention, held this year at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, brought phenomenal results.

According to Patsy Gifford, Executive Manager New York Holstein Association, the “New York Charm ~ City to Farm” sale was “the highest averaging in history, with an average of $24,965 on 74 lots with a gross of $1.8 million.” [Read more…]

Local dairy royalty crowns new princess

Recently the Chautauqua County dairy community passed their promotional torch yet again, as 2015-2016 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Madison Woodis, of Dewittville, NY crowned a new Dairy Princess, Joyce Wiltsie of Frewsburg, NY. This event was held at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, and was attended by a small crowd of the local dairy industry’s distinguished representatives. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Pageant is an annual event, held in conjunction with the national June Dairy Month celebrations. [Read more…]