Oxen have slowly but surely made their presence known and have become more popular in the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association. Beginning in 2005 with a single ox belonging to then-new member Robin Jurechko, of Campbell Hall, Orange County, New York, the association is now seeing more oxen coming to their events — and this year, at the Annual Spring Plow Day, held at Saunderskill Farms in Accord on April 27, there were 11 oxen present. [Read more…]
If a potential employee shows up at a dairy farm with a clean record, good references and a willingness to learn, there’s a good chance they’ll be hired. Are you sure the applicant is legitimately seeking to join your team for gainful employment, and does your farm have good training protocol in place to give the new employee the best possible opportunity for success? [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Ziems Farms experienced such a winning showing at the recent New York Spring Dairy Carousel that Barb Ziemba has a hard time remembering all the ribbons awarded to her husband, Kevin, and their son, Mason.
The Ziembas brought 26 cows of their 43-head herd from Durhamville, NY to the annual show, held at the New York State Fairgrounds. [Read more…]
There’s a new campaign to promote dairy, and it’s unlike any before. Beth Engelmann, chief marketing communications officer at Dairy Management, Inc., says the objective of the newly-launched Undeniably Dairy campaign is to engage with consumers in a way that builds trust and relevance over time. [Read more…]
“Sex is determined genetically,” Dr. George Seidel, Colorado State University, said. “In my opinion, sex is the most important genetic trait.”
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council recently hosted a webinar presentation, “Ten Years of Sexed Semen in North America,” given by Dr. Seidel. [Read more…]
by Gabe Middleton, DVM
Drug residue avoidance is a critical area for dairy producers to focus on. In today’s dairy industry climate, a milk residue puts the dairy at risk for loss of market access as well as financial losses. In addition, it creates a black eye for the industry in general that all producers certainly want to avoid. On July 1, 2017, the tetracycline screening pilot program will begin, and no less than 1 out of 15 tanker loads of milk will be tested for oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, and tetracycline. The tolerance limit for the drug is 300 ppb. [Read more…]
Marie Roenke, of Trumansburg, NY, was 12 years old when she started raising sheep as a 4-H project. But she didn’t start out with one of the most common breeds.
“I wanted goats, but someone offered me some Jacob sheep,” said Marie. “I said sure, and they brought me two ewe lambs and a ram lamb from North Carolina in the back of their Jeep.” [Read more…]
by Karl H. Kazaks
HEAD WATERS, VA — At Healing Waters Farm, the does have mainly kidded, but a few remain pregnant.
Inside the old farmhouse, Hubert (H.C.) Wise is surrounded by reminders of the immanence of man’s spiritual nature by relics of those departed. [Read more…]