Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]
As Rick Hermonot approaches the pasture, a din arises from the flock of turkeys and geese on the other side. Clucking and squawking, the birds follow him along the fence line. Once he enters the fence, they circle around him and even allow him to cradle them in his arms. Though they are destined for someone’s table, the birds are fearless and content. Welcome to Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. [Read more…]
“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — The Center for Dairy Excellence will host six mealtime meetings across Pennsylvania to collect feedback and input on resources to direct the future of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. [Read more…]
As the temperatures begin to drop it is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner. Farmers are always busy and wintertime is no exception. They are busy taking care of the cattle and making necessary repairs to equipment, getting it ready for the next growing season. As we shift gears from one season to the next, we need to take a look at the changes that need to be made in our dairy operations, especially regarding calf care in the winter months. Young calves are the future of the herd and the farmer relies on them as replacement animals. [Read more…]
Most of us appreciate Mother Nature’s wild critters, but not in our pastures and barns. Yet the feed, water and shelter we provide our equine friends are accommodations some varmints can’t resist. If wild things set up digs in your horse’s space, here’s how to cope. [Read more…]
Winter is a great time of year to make plans for improving and expanding your agricultural business to generate more profit for the future. Many farms are having success with promoting their business through agritourism.
The first step to that success is to determine what your options and opportunities are, and what your personality traits are best suited to. [Read more…]
“We need to educate the public so they understand how healthy dairy products are,” said Terri (Phillips) Nelson at Dellavale Dairy’s open house and Cabot Day.
Nelson said she believes the dairy industry is the most misunderstood sector of the Ag industry. “I think it’s important to educate the public because we are five generations out from farm life, so consumers don’t really know what dairy farms are about.” [Read more…]