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Labor, health and relief are NYFB priorities

2021-03-05T19:20:49-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

In preparation for upcoming meetings with members of its congressional delegation, the New York Farm Bureau laid out its federal public policy agenda. NYFB President David Fisher and Senior Associate Director of Public Policy and National Affairs Lauren Williams outlined the organization’s priorities issues during a Zoom presentation on Feb. 24. (more…)

Pheromone trapping can help fight corn pests

2021-03-05T19:15:23-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Tracking patterns of corn pests can help farmers more effectively combat them. Ken Wise, livestock and field crops IPM specialist for New York State IPM at Cornell University, presented “Importance of Pheromone Trapping for Black Cutworm, True Armyworm and Western Bean Cutworm” at the recent Corn Congress, presented virtually this year. (more…)

Beef and Bira Buta pigs at Shaw Road

2021-03-05T18:22:12-05:00March 5, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

In 1995, Fred and Karen Cookson purchased 200-acre Shaw Road Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, as a retirement project. In 2013, a fire destroyed their house and 150-by-55-foot renovated dairy barn where they raised a small number of beef cattle. Both buildings were on the National Register of Historic Places. Fred and Karen briefly searched for a different farm after the fire but realized there were no comparable properties as ideal for raising and pasturing beeves. (more…)

A cow’s second career

2021-03-05T19:22:15-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

When dairy cows leave the herd, they’re often referred to as cull cows. Culling is typically done to reduce the herd size or eliminate animals that are weak or sick. Aerica Bjurstrom, University of Wisconsin dairy Extension specialist, would like dairy producers to think of cull cows as market animals – and more importantly, as beef. (more…)

Building a local beef market

2021-03-05T17:31:52-05:00March 5, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Stephen Wagner

Dr. Scott Barao is executive director of the Maryland Beef Council and spoke at the Penn State Extension 2021 Lancaster Cattle Feeders Day virtual seminar, addressing challenges and opportunities. “What I’ve noticed because of the disruptions in the supply chain, which you’re well aware of, is that there’s been a renewed voice of those who think ‘local’ as the savior of the beef business. They like to claim that our food supply chain has become too centralized and that we need more niche opportunities, more small packers, more local food, and that may or may not be the case. At the same time, I’ve also heard many folks who are interested in trying to build a local meat business, specifically a local beef business, to try to address the new demand that was created.” (more…)

Budgeting and pricing vital to profits

2021-03-02T16:57:01-05:00March 2, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Both budgeting and pricing goods determines if a farm business will be profitable. Kelly McAdam and Kenesha Reynolds, University of New Hampshire Extension specialists, presented “Taking a Good Look at Your Enterprises” at the recent New England Women in Livestock Business Winter Virtual Conference. (more…)