Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 1

CEW-MR-1-Activists-39891Part 1: who are they and what are their goals?

by Sally Colby

The new employee presented what appeared to be an outstanding resume, and was willing to work wherever she was needed on the farm. With one employee out with an injury and two more away for several weeks, you hired her on the spot.

What happened next is every farmer’s nightmare. That new employee was an animal rights activist, working for a well-known animal rights organization, and had been taking photos and video with the intention of creating an undercover video that would be used against your farm. [Read more…]

Delaware delegates attend National 4-H Congress

The 2015 National 4-H Congress Delegation from Delaware. First row, L-R, Spring Vasey, Micaela Harvey, Shawn Mitchell, Mary Beth Robbins, Melissa Mitchell (leader/chaperon) Back Row, L-R, Jill Jackson, Sussex 4-H agent, Rose Reynolds, Laurie Wroten, Alexandra Swan.

Two Sussex County 4-H youth were part of a seven-member team of Delaware 4-H youth who represented Delaware as delegates to the National 4-H Congress over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend. The 94-year tradition recognizes a career of 4-H leadership and project work. In order to be eligible, 4-H’ers must be 14 to 19 years of age and submit a state 4-H record book that chronicles the scope of their leadership, community service and project work acquired through their years of involvement as a Delaware 4-H member. [Read more…]

Celebrating one man’s conservation legacy

CEW-MR-3-Jim-Curatolo221by Troy Bishopp

BURDETT, NY – Jim Curatolo has been described as an entrepreneur, an outlier, a maverick, a conservationist and to his closest friends, “The Wetland Jesus”. His new title of “retired” probably won’t have him relaxing in a chair for long, but rest assured his 20 year legacy of putting projects on the ground will last a lifetime.

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How do the pieces of the puzzle fit for 2016? ~ Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Money-on-the-Table31by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Avoiding financial pitfalls while making every penny count during times of instability in the dairy industry, were topics discussed in a ‘Money on the Table’ meeting held at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County.

Speakers Jason Karszes, Cornell PRO DAIRY Senior Extension Associate Program Department of Animal Science Cornell University; Sandy Buxton, CCE Capital District Farm Business Management Specialist, and Saratoga Co. CCE Resource Educator Kirk Shoen wrapped up the meeting. [Read more…]

Preventive medicine an important focus of Calf & Heifer Congress

Brian Newton of Balsam View Farm, Pharsalia, NY, left, gets additional advice from Dr. Franklyn Garry of Colorado State on the use of hair dryers to keep newborn calves warm during the Calf & Heifer Congress 2015 in East Syracuse, NY. Photo by Pat Malinby Pat Malin

EAST SYRACUSE, NY – The revolution slowly occurring in Americans’ healthcare coverage could be filtering down to the farms.

Hospitals and doctors are being judged now on quality of care and discharges, not on the number of patients they treat. Efficiency is about reducing the number of patients who need to be treated and/or have to be hospitalized.

However, we’re not talking about farmers now, but about the health of their animals.

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