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…]
Equipment and feed dealers, dairy producers and other industry representatives gathered at two Berks County, Pennsylvania farms for an in-depth exploration of precision technology. Hosted at the Stutzman family’s Lehigh Creek Farm in Mertztown and Cornerview Farm in Kutztown, attendees received a close-up look at the use of automation on mid-sized family dairy farms. [Read more…]
A poultry tractor, (sometimes called an ark), is a movable coop without a floor. This housing allows free ranging along with shelter, where birds can consume fresh forage such as grass, weeds, bugs, worms, or grubs. Most poultry tractors are lightly built A-frames which one person can drag to designated areas in their yard. It may have wheels on one or both ends to make travel easier. [Read more…]
Judi Smith and her family are pretty busy right now. This is crunch time for all five turkey houses on their three-generation family farm that work in conjunction with the family business of processing for the Hillside Turkey Farms Store in the not so small town of Thurmont, MD, a town that has worked to maintain its friendly small town identity. [Read more…]
GHENT, NY — Oct. 17, 2016 marked the final on-farm field day put on by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). These events are hosted by farms in New York State and are held from June through October. NOFA-NY’s Executive Director Adrianna Natsoulas and the Grain and Field Crops Coordinator Robert Perry helped to put on the field day. [Read more…]