ONEONTA, NY — The lovable, iconic dog, Snoopy, will forever be remembered for saying, “Keep looking up, that’s the secret to life.” For New York farmers and communities along the creeks, rivers and tributaries that feed the mighty Susquehanna River Basin and finally the Chesapeake Bay, the water quality is also getting a thumb’s up. [Read more…]
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, over 150 people descended on Shenandoah Valley Simmentals for Lisa Zirkle’s eighth annual production sale. The Shenandoah’s Shining Stars Bull Sale featured 71 bulls and 5 females, almost entirely purebreds from the herd Zirkle has developed since the mid-1970’s, along with some SimAngusTM. Buyers from a half a dozen states were in attendance, with buyers as far away as the Great Plains participating in the video auction. [Read more…]
Central New York has become a hot spot for beef production over the past year with dairy prices driving farmers to reconsider where their profit is coming from, and T&F Ross Beef Farm is one farm where raising cattle for beef has proven to be successful.
Fred, Sr. and Peggy Ross moved their family of five children from Dorance, PA, where they raised beef, to Edmeston, NY, to start up a dairy farm and raise their family. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the forecast for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017.
“U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to rise to the challenge of supplying the world with high-quality, American-grown products. At a projected $134 billion in 2017, U.S. farm exports continue to rally and remain on the record-setting pace of the past eight years. [Read more…]
The times are changing in almost every field of endeavor and the same for those involved in vegetable and small fruit production. With the ever-increasing demand for local produce, growers have been forced to find ways to accommodate that demand. And, with a finite length to the growing season, they have turned to high and low tunnels to help. [Read more…]
On Nov. 11 the 54th annual Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, was the setting for an informative horsemanship clinic which was held by Jonathan Field, a gifted teacher, presenter and horseman with a passion to give back to the world of horses by sharing what he has learned from them over the years. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Beef producers saw some of the drugs they use fall under the veterinary feed directive (VFD) on Oct. 15, but on Jan. 1, the final rule will be in full effect.
Dr. Doug Hufstedler, nutrition and beef advisor at Elanco Animal Health, provides some background on the VFD that will affect producers in just a few weeks. [Read more…]