The gateway disease

2021-04-01T15:44:59-05:00March 26, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Jesse Goff began a presentation about subclinical hypocalcemia (SCH), the milk fever a dairy farmer might miss, with a take-home message: it’s controllable. Goff, senior researcher and professor emeritus at Iowa State University Veterinary College, said as many as 50% of older cows in the national herd are affected by SCH. (more…)

Make marketing a priority, even amidst a pandemic

2021-03-26T14:40:34-05:00March 26, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

What customers used to prefer isn’t necessarily what they do now. What customers never knew they may have enjoyed might now be a favorite shopping experience for them – look at the increase in local food sales. Customer expectations sometimes shifted dramatically due to COVID-19, and during this year’s HauntCon, Nicole Leinbach Reyhle of Retail Minded spelled out five marketing strategies to help producers reach customers despite the challenges of the pandemic. (more…)

Innovation in the industry: Raising buffalo for milk, cheese and more

2021-03-26T14:37:06-05:00March 26, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Taylor Parrish, NC Department of Agriculture

Deep in the heart of Salisbury, NC, lives a unique farm, one of only five in the nation, that creates meat and cheese products from water buffalo. David and Faythe DiLoreto grew up far from the farming industry as a teacher and a family physician. All of that changed, however, after a trip to Italy left their taste buds begging for more. “We fell in love with the mozzarella cheese in Italy, which is made with the milk from water buffalo,” David said, “but when we came home, we realized no one made it here, so we decided to do it ourselves thinking it can’t be that hard.” (more…)

Getting the best soybean and wheat yield

2021-03-26T17:04:44-05:00March 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Want greater soybean and wheat yields? Dr. Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison soybean and wheat specialist, presented “Getting Your Best Soybean and Wheat Yield” as part of the New York Soybean & Small Grains Congress hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program. Team leader Mike Stanyard, Cornell Extension specialist, emceed. (more…)

Prepare for the rise

2021-03-12T12:05:14-05:00March 12, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Just about everyone who raises sheep or goats will say internal parasites top the list of health challenges. Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland small ruminant specialist, said the periparturient egg rise is at the core of small ruminant parasite problems, and that understanding this phenomenon is the first step in managing parasites. (more…)

Duvall discusses the future essential ag workforce

2021-03-16T09:00:06-05:00March 12, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

“Without labor nothing prospers,” said ancient Greek scribe Sophocles. The ongoing pandemic has brought attention to the role the agricultural workforce plays in ensuring Americans (and the world) are fed. But there are still major labor issues to be decided – H-2A reform, COVID-19 workforce safety and nurturing the next generations of ag leaders. These were the topics covered by American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall during his “Shaping the Future of Our Essential Agricultural Workforce” presentation during the virtual NASDA Winter Policy Conference. (more…)

Ensure youth are aware of all ag hazards

2021-04-09T14:41:04-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The top three industries that see worker fatalities are construction, transportation and then agriculture. But why is farming so dangerous? Machinery with aggressive parts, isolated workplaces, working alone, unpredictable animals, use of toxic chemicals and adverse weather are all reasons. (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

2021-04-09T14:33:10-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

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…)