Living (and farming) with Parkinson’s

2021-06-24T15:57:40-05:00June 24, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Tara Haskins, Total Farmer Health director for AgriSafe, gave some statistics for Parkinson’s disease: It affects one million people in the U.S., and every year, about 60,000 new cases are diagnosed. The occurrence of Parkinson’s is about 1.5 times greater in men, and the majority of cases are diagnosed in individuals over age 55. (more…)

Providing employee feedback from data collection

2021-07-15T15:12:32-05:00June 24, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Data collection on the farm can benefit the entire farm team and the dairy’s bottom line.

Dr. Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy and animal science at Penn State, said cameras are commonly used in various areas throughout dairy farms and can collect valuable information that allows managers to provide feedback. “It isn’t about finger-pointing,” said Holden. “It’s about ‘How can we make things better? What’s happening that we can get this done, work as a team and fix things.’” (more…)

Forage basics for pastured hogs

2021-06-24T15:53:03-05:00June 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

“There’s not a lot of recent research information on pasturing hogs,” said David Hartman of Penn State, where he works as a livestock Extension educator. “This is because over the last few decades, the swine industry has become more consolidated with much more production in confinement systems, and not nearly as much pasture.” Use of forages for hogs diminished in the early 1950s when synthetic vitamins became widely available. Prior to that, hogs needed access to some pasture to obtain those vitamins. (more…)

Social media matters

2021-06-24T15:52:29-05:00June 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

For many farmers, tackling social media seems like another chore on an endless list of things to do. But Amanda Basse, business coach in Providence, RI, wants more farm businesses to use social media, and use it well. She presented “Best Practices for Social Media Ads and Promotions” as a recent webinar. (more…)

Giving vaccines the best shot

2021-06-17T12:54:22-05:00June 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

The time spent planning for the ideal heifer calf to add to the milking string may be wasted if she isn’t properly immunized. The act of vaccinating an animal doesn’t guarantee she’s immunized or protected from disease. Good immunization is the result of proper vaccine handling from the time products arrive on the farm until they’re administered.

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Plan for insurance

2021-06-24T10:38:26-05:00June 10, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Many people rely upon their employer-sponsored health insurance plan. Farmers operating their own businesses do not have that option. MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture recently presented “Health Insurance Options for Farmers and Small Business Owners” as a webinar led by Maria Pippidis, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and Jesse Ketterman, University of Maryland Extension. (more…)

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

2021-06-24T10:41:09-05:00June 10, 2021|Eastern Edition, 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…)