Take time to observe the needs of cows

CE-Mr-3-Stolzfus-pasture11by Pat Malin

MUNNSVILLE, NY — Raising cattle on pasture should be neither a 24/7 task nor a thankless job.

According to Dave Roberts, a grazing specialist for the USDA, if a farmer takes the time to observe the cycle of growth in the pasture and the cattle’s natural tendencies, the animals can practically raise themselves.

Roberts, who is based in Oneida County, was the guest speaker as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida and Madison counties invited local grazers to an end-of the season pasture walk at the Stolzfus Farm on Oct. 16. He discussed how to evaluate pasture conditions and marketing options for beef producers. [Read more…]

Horse racing threatened in Pennsylvania

CDM-MR-1-HORSE-RACING-11by Hope Holland

During the last week of October Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to halt horse racing at all of Pennsylvania’s six tracks by Oct. 30, if the racing industry doesn’t agree to pay an approximate $9 million for drug testing. The tracks included cover three Thoroughbred racing tracks: Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie and Penn National. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Race Track in Chester, The Meadows Casino in Washington and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, all of which feature harness racing, make up the other three of the six tracks involved. [Read more…]

Penn State students earn top National Dairy Shrine Scholarships

CDM-MR-1-DAIRY-SHRINE-011Seven Penn State Dairy Science Club members received National Dairy Shrine scholarships awarded at the annual banquet during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. Two members won two awards; five others received single scholarships, and the total was impressive – the most ever for students from Penn State.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy Science, said, “We are so proud of our students and congratulate them on the fine showing in this prestigious scholarship program. It is a testament to their hard work and their strong preparation that they have done so well. These scholarships are extremely important to the students as they prepare for the future, recognizing and supporting their passion for the dairy industry.” [Read more…]

Canola meal in dairy cow diets: A new perspective

by Tamara Scully

With “millions of metric tons” of canola meal going into the dairy industry, there must be some value to the product. Farmers, by observation, have for years claimed that canola meal is a good source of protein, and readily replaces soy in the dairy cow diet, according to Dr. Essi Evans, of Technical Advisory Services, Inc, in a presentation at the recent 2015 Cornell Nutrition Conference. [Read more…]

New England Equitation Championships celebrates 40 years

CN-MR-3-NE-Equitation37361by Paul Burdziakowski

The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary with five days of exciting competition Oct. 14-18 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. This year approximately 370 junior and adult riders from all over New England attended what is considered to be the most prestigious equitation event in the northeast. Adult riders participated during the first two days of the event while junior riders, ages 18 and under, competed the final three days. Both groups of riders used a wide array of horses including German Martingales, Dutch Warmbloods, American Thoroughbreds, Selle Francais, Holsteiners, Westphalians and Hanoverians. [Read more…]