Traditionally the third Wednesday in March is set aside for Ag Days at the Connecticut State Capitol, a day when agriculture displays its diversity to members of the State Legislature. This year Mother Nature had other plans. She had a well-predicted snowstorm set for Tuesday the 14th, the meteorologists labeled it a blizzard. The storm prompted the planners to push the date ahead to Friday, March 17 to allow ample time for things to get back to normal. [Read more…]
The 13th annual Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale was held March 17 and 18 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The event was organized by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee with the goal of having several different types of quality calves for sale in one location. At the same time, it’s a major fundraiser to support the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Program. [Read more…]
LIVERPOOL, NY — Most dairymen understand the benefits to keeping their lactating cow cool and comfortable during hot weather; however, according to Albert De Vries of the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, keeping dry cows cool offers a return on their investment as well. [Read more…]
In 2008 the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) was first spotted in California, Since then it has emerged as one of the most devastating pests of small and stone fruit in nearly every state and worldwide. The pest, of Asian origin, can multiply its population by 200 times within one to two weeks. [Read more…]
We often see heavy emphasis of preventative maintenance programs being applied to the equipment directly affecting the livestock on the farm, with less focus on the Glycol Chiller System.
The items below are some common items that can be reviewed weekly to help avoid emergency service calls and improve the operation of the chiller system. [Read more…]
Sat. April 15th 2017 9 AM
@ Clinton Tractor – 31 Meadow St – Clinton, NY
The Calidonna Family is busy and the yard is full of nice trades. This is an early list and will be updated daily !
Onsite financing from several lenders — Online bidding available ! [Read more…]
Word on the street says you gain experience just after you really need it and you’re supposed to learn from past experiences in an effort to not repeat. After 32 years in the managed grazing business, I’m not supposed to be surprised anymore. That was until the dry spell of 2012 when I literally got burned. [Read more…]
Yes, you can finish high-quality beef on grass. To do so, you need to feed the soil, feed the plants, and feed the animals. The grass-farming model relies upon nutrient-dense forages to promote average daily gain. While selecting animals with the genetics to turn forage into fat, and to thrive on pasture, is one part of the equation, rotating those animals through the pastures to optimize energy intake, promote forage regrowth, and build the soil is the other. [Read more…]