Rethinking deworming of beef cattle – The growing issue of resistance

2021-06-10T15:54:22-05:00June 10, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Cattlemen have benefited from the development of anthelmintic products that keep stomach and intestinal worms at bay. But the easy availability and relatively low cost of products has led to cattle being dewormed without any parameters other than “we deworm calves at weaning” or “cows are treated when they go to pasture, and get an extra dose if the weather is damp.” (more…)

Invasive plants in Pennsylvania

2021-06-10T12:51:17-05:00June 10, 2021|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

The McKean County Conservation District has partnered with Penn State’s Education Extension to talk about some of the most invasive plants in the commonwealth. The Conservation District worked in concert with the Allegheny Plateau Invasive Plant Management Area to bring us this information. Madeleine Stanisch, a resource specialist with the district, hosted the session. (more…)

Access to feed and water for cow comfort

2021-06-10T15:55:13-05:00June 3, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “comfort” is defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. “Put the word cow in front of that and this is what we’re trying to achieve when it comes to cow comfort,” said Dan McFarland, an ag engineer with Penn State Extension. (more…)

Estate planning is important for women

2021-06-03T14:29:01-05:00June 3, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For many reasons, it’s important for women to understand estate planning. Statistically, women outlive men by five years, according to the CDC. Relying solely on a husband’s estate planning is not practical, as situations may change in those five or more years. More women own assets in their names alone and operate businesses independently of another person. And many farm women want to pass down their ag businesses to the next generation or see that their assets go to the causes they support. (more…)

Deworming cattle promotes herd health

2021-05-27T09:30:04-05:00May 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

An infestation of parasites can cause cattle stress and diminish their conditioning and vigor. It’s worthwhile for farmers to fight these pests. Sarah Potts, Ph.D. and Extension specialist in dairy and beef with University of Maryland, presented “Best Practices for Deworming Cattle” as recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture. (more…)

Managing heat stress in calves and heifers

2021-06-03T14:35:56-05:00May 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Dr. Jennifer Trout is a calf and heifer specialist with Cargill Nutrition and works with large calf ranches, heifer yards and dairies in the American West and Southwest. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida; she’s practiced dairy medicine in California, Texas and Maryland on dairies ranging from as small as 50 cows to as large as 12,000. (more…)

Refining grazing improves livestock health

2021-05-20T15:55:47-05:00May 20, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

In agriculture, “sustainability” can refer to not only environmental aspects of the business but also to the ability to continue to do business. Tri-State SARE Professional Development Project presented “Improving Pasture Management for Sustainable Livestock Production” as a webinar, in cooperation with UMass Extension, University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences and UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Daimon Meeh, New Hampshire state grazing specialist, presented. (more…)