In an article “Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Herbicide in History,” Mike Mozart stated that although enthusiasts for genetically engineered crops preach that this technology reduces herbicide use, the reverse is true. With the arrival of glyphosate-tolerant crops in 1996, use of that herbicide has increased by almost 2,000 percent in the U.S. and 1,500 percent worldwide. (More and more weeds have developed their own herbicide tolerance, resulting in the need for even more weed-killer applications.) Moreover, that between 1974 and 2014 over 3.5 billion pounds of this herbicide were applied in the U.S., with two-thirds of that amount being sprayed between 2004 and 2014. [Read more…]
If you listen to what dairy farmers are saying, you may conclude that New York State’s status as a “Dairy State” is unlikely to continue.
Small farms and large alike are being negatively impacted by the low milk prices and the numbers are staggering.
“We lost $3,000 in one month,” reports Terri Phillips of Dellavale Farm, Montgomery County. “I can’t imagine what it is on a bigger farm!” Dellavale milks about 50 cows.
Sandie Prokop co-owner of Schoharie County’s Crossbrook Dairy Farm, is milking nearly 400. “The main point is that at the end of the week, after 80-plus hours of work, my son — the daily manager — has zero dollars for all his work! Every penny that can be scraped up is spent for expenses.” [Read more…]
In 1911 the Spur family began to farm about 15 miles west of Phoenix, AZ. In 1956 Spur’s successors began to develop feedlots, and in May of 1959 developer Del Webb started planning a retirement community to be known as Sun City, about 10.5 miles north of the Spur feedlot. By 1965, the Del Webb community had expanded to within 500 feet of those feedlots. The proximity of the feedlots to the retirement community was bound to cause issues, and did. Some tenants had already moved in, but the fragrance of manure and accompanying flies started to inhibit housing sales. [Read more…]
In 1981, when Austin Tanner and his wife Debbi first saw the dairy farm that would become Creamery Brook Bison in Brooklyn, CT, the first thing he noticed was the mulberry tree. He had grown up on a farm that had a tree just like it.
The Tanners milked cows for nearly a decade. In 1990, they acquired three bison cows and two calves at an auction because Austin had developed a fascination for the large, shaggy creatures. The following year they bought a bull and four additional cows. Now they have nearly 100 head of cows and young and two breeding bulls. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers recently gathered at Mor-Dale Farms, in Myersville, PA, to learn about automation: calf feeders, feed pushers, robotic milking systems and more. Part One discussed the use of automatic calf feeders as presented at the workshop “Automation and the Dairy Industry,” organized by Dr. Charles Garner, DVM.
Automatic feeding robots
Once calves mature, automation can still play a role in their daily feeding. Even in barns where humans — not robots — milk the cows, equipment, such as an automatic feed pusher, can simplify farm chores while helping to insure the cows consume the maximum dry matter intake, and are eating more of their daily rations. [Read more…]
The Lord blessed this year’s annual Plow Day with sunshine and balmy weather. The sun shone bright and a gentle breeze wafted across the 150-acre cornfield on Bill LLewellen’s Five Point Farm in Northfield, MA. The event was organized by Tony Amato and Paul Morehouse, members of the International Harvester Collector’s Club, New England Chapter 18. The Franklin County 4-H Club ran a food concession stand. Sixty-two tractors, 20 horses and their enthusiastic owners took part plowing, showing and socializing with the large friendly crowd that turned out. [Read more…]
by Troy Bishopp
Spring ushers in getting cows out to pasture. It also may mean new grazing and land management plans that help achieve financial and environmental goals.
Farmers like Dairyman, Kevin Murphy from Brookfield, NY that produce milk in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed are implementing best management practices such as buffers, rotational grazing systems and nutrient management strategies with the help of federal and state agencies to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation also saves soil, reduces feed and fertilizer costs while returning more money back to the farm. These approaches make agriculture more resilient. [Read more…]
by Hope Holland
A long time ago, people used to go looking in the Sunday papers for their horses. Now that many states have local horse magazines there are printed ads for horses in them and, of course, there are ads on the internet. It seems that every farm has a website which might mention that there are horses for sale.
The Strain Family Horse Farm in Granby, CT, also has a website: www.strainfamilyhorsefarm.com and they don’t hint about having horses for sale. Selling horses is their business. Each of the Strain brothers has his own farm within a relatively short distance of the other and handle very different aspects of the horse business. [Read more…]