Enhancing row crop profitability with cover crops and livestock grazing

by Tamara Scully

If you grow corn, soy, or small grains, you may want to rethink your rotations. No matter if you no-till or low-till, or use manure or inorganic fertilizers, you soil health is probably lacking. A focus on living soils is regaining renewed traction with dust storms in the Midwest, drought in the West, and hypoxia from runoff causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is a contributor, and decreasing the impact from our farms is imperative. [Read more…]

New England Dairy Conference

CN-51-1-NE-Dariy-confer1enceby George Looby, DVM

In late winter of each year dairyman in the six New England States are treated to an update on the latest trends in dairying presented by one or more leaders in the field. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Gabriella A. Varga, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University with Dr. Sheila Andrew of the Dept. of Animal Science at UConn acting as moderator. [Read more…]

Selecting a boarding facility

CEW-MR-1-Horse-Boarding82538by Sally Colby

Not every horse owner can or wants to keep a horse on their property. For them, a boarding facility may be the next best option.

Boarding barns vary widely as far as what they offer their clients, but the number one consideration for most potential boarders is cost. As you visit different barns, keep in mind that cost doesn’t always reflect the level of care. [Read more…]

Enhancing crop profitability with cover crops and livestock grazing

by Tamara Scully

If you grow corn, soy, or small grains, you may want to rethink your rotations. No matter if you no-till or low-till, or use manure or inorganic fertilizers, you soil health is probably lacking. A focus on living soils is regaining renewed traction with dust storms in the Midwest, drought in the West, and hypoxia from runoff causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is a contributor, and decreasing the impact from our farms is imperative. [Read more…]

The 21st Annual Orange County 4-H Dairy Calf Sale and 4-H Alumni Reunion – An Event for Everyone

One of those events many 4-H’ers remember is the annual Calf Sale and Silent Auction – traditionally held the day before Mother’s Day.  This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, May 7 will be held at the recently opened Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Education Center & 4-H Park, near Otisville, NY.  The sale includes a chicken BBQ at 6 pm (pre-order required), silent auction, and live dairy cattle sale at 7 pm.  There is something for everyone at this event:  food, fun, and useful items from the silent auction, and great dairy cattle for both the showman and the commercial dairy producer.

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