Establishing a safety culture

CEWM-CN-MR-2-Safety Culture9804by Sally Colby

Dairy farmer Walt Moore says prior to 2007, his farm had several workers compensation claims. “We had one really big one,” he said. “The herd manager was injured while moving a heifer. He came back in limited capacity, but was never able to fully return to work.”

After several more claims, Moore’s rates went up. Eventually, his insurance company decided that the farm was a high risk and dropped them. “We had to go with the state workers program,” said Moore, adding that he had to stay with that program for three years. “The rates are substantially higher than commercial insurance.” [Read more…]

Is drone technology for farmers just around the corner?

CEW-MR-2-Oneida-Congress7021by Pat Malin

CLINTON, NY — Many American farmers have readily adopted GPS technology and can appreciate the uses of computers throughout the farm and around the home, but are they ready for the next wave of technology?

Enter drones. Even if you are ready, hold onto your hat. Drones are not merely toys, but neither are they the fearsome military vehicles you’ve seen on the TV news.

Jeff Miller of Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension enlightened farmers about the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or systems (UAS) during the 2015 Oneida County Crop Congress, sponsored by Clinton Tractor. [Read more…]

Cazenovia Equipment is priming the market for drones

CEW-MR-1-Caz Equip2by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY — Cazenovia Equipment, a farm equipment dealership in central and northern New York, isn’t waiting for farmers to catch up with technology — it’s already pushing the envelope in that direction.

Cazenovia Equipment began promoting and demonstrating unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for agricultural use at various trade shows in 2014. It has purchased four UAVs from Precision Drone, an Indiana company.

Cazenovia Equipment’s website has a special section devoted to the UAVs. It sells three different Precision Drone models, all helicopter-style (hexacopters) that have six rotors. [Read more…]

Unique cheese from big, gentle cows

CW-MR-2-CROSSWINDS 2by Sally Colby

On a farm situated on a high ridge between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, a twelfth generation farmer is pursuing her dream. Sarah Van Orden grew up on her family’s dairy farm in the Catskills area, and after completing her formal education at Cornell, she and her partner Charlie Morrow are successfully raising Brown Swiss and operating Crosswinds Farm and Creamery in Ovid, NY.

“My grandfather had Brown Swiss in the 50s and 60s, and that’s how I got hooked on them,” said Sarah, explaining her passion for the breed. “They make the most sense as a breed — they produce the volume of a Holstein and closer to the same components as Jerseys. They’re very rugged and don’t have a lot of health problems, and have a low somatic cell count.” [Read more…]