Automatic dairy farming: Part 2

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Dairy farmers recently gathered at Mor-Dale Farms, in Myersville, PA, to learn about automation: calf feeders, feed pushers, robotic milking systems and more. Part One discussed the use of automatic calf feeders as presented at the workshop “Automation and the Dairy Industry,” organized by Dr. Charles Garner, DVM.

Automatic feeding robots

Once calves mature, automation can still play a role in their daily feeding. Even in barns where humans — not robots — milk the cows, equipment, such as an automatic feed pusher, can simplify farm chores while helping to insure the cows consume the maximum dry matter intake, and are eating more of their daily rations. [Read more…]

Plow Day in Northfield, MA

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The Lord blessed this year’s annual Plow Day with sunshine and balmy weather. The sun shone bright and a gentle breeze wafted across the 150-acre cornfield on Bill LLewellen’s Five Point Farm in Northfield, MA. The event was organized by Tony Amato and Paul Morehouse, members of the International Harvester Collector’s Club, New England Chapter 18. The Franklin County 4-H Club ran a food concession stand. Sixty-two tractors, 20 horses and their enthusiastic owners took part plowing, showing and socializing with the large friendly crowd that turned out. [Read more…]

Getting ready for grazing

by Troy Bishopp

Spring ushers in getting cows out to pasture. It also may mean new grazing and land management plans that help achieve financial and environmental goals.

Farmers like Dairyman, Kevin Murphy from Brookfield, NY that produce milk in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed are implementing best management practices such as buffers, rotational grazing systems and nutrient management strategies with the help of federal and state agencies to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation also saves soil, reduces feed and fertilizer costs while returning more money back to the farm. These approaches make agriculture more resilient. [Read more…]

From Ireland to America, a dynasty built on horses

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by Hope Holland

A long time ago, people used to go looking in the Sunday papers for their horses. Now that many states have local horse magazines there are printed ads for horses in them and, of course, there are ads on the internet. It seems that every farm has a website which might mention that there are horses for sale.

The Strain Family Horse Farm in Granby, CT, also has a website: www.strainfamilyhorsefarm.com and they don’t hint about having horses for sale. Selling horses is their business. Each of the Strain brothers has his own farm within a relatively short distance of the other and handle very different aspects of the horse business. [Read more…]

35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale

CE-MR-3-Dairy-Fashion11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Dairy cattle buyers were in full attendance and heavy bidding ensued at SUNY Cobleskill’s recent, 35th Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale.

“I do not think many people know that this sale is completely student run, from developing advertisements to actually obtaining the consigned animals,” stated Erica Gogis, SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club President. “Students have worked diligently to put the sale together.” [Read more…]