Forage sampling reveals quality

2021-07-27T10:53:31-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Feeding nutritious forage is a vital part of promoting animal health and welfare. Dr. Amanda Grev, forage specialist with University of Maryland Extension, recommends forage sampling and testing to ensure forage is meeting animals’ nutritional needs. She presented “Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation” as a recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture and UME. (more…)

Hay days of summer

2021-07-15T15:06:03-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Frank Gringeri

Usually, we start cutting hay around the end of May. It never got hot and dry and we didn’t have three good days the whole month of June. Maybe July will have a different personality. I’m not sure horse owners know the kind of work that goes into making a good bale of hay. This is what you need to get it done. (more…)

Summer fairs give a sense of a new normal

2021-07-15T14:50:49-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Hannah Majewski

COVID-19 left many 4-H members unable to participate in their last 4-H experience before heading off to work or college. Long-time participants could not enter the show ring for their “Fit and Show” class, set up an exhibit or camp out with their friends and family at the fairgrounds one last time. For many youth, 4-H at the fair became an integral part of their summer – something they looked forward to every year. COVID-19 took away their chance to say goodbye to something that had become a staple in their lives. (more…)

Labeling dairy foods

2021-07-15T15:22:52-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Those who have added on-farm processing to the dairy farm enterprise are required to label products according to federal guidelines, and in most cases, state guidelines as well. Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor, Penn State Food Science, discussed federal guidelines for farmers who are developing dairy food labels. (more…)

Be proactive with media when activists appear

2021-07-15T15:37:59-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

If you haven’t put much thought into what to do in case animal rights activists show up at your farm, it’s time to develop a plan. Activists are becoming more emboldened, and as new groups form, members are developing new tactics. Unfortunately, when activists reach their goal of making headline news, they often receive more favorable coverage than the farmer. (more…)

A friendly reminder: Stay grounded, my friends

2021-07-15T15:13:56-05:00July 1, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

Staying grounded in life means you aren’t controlled by external chaos and have the ability to stay calm and connect to the core of who you are in the face of uncertainty. Having a good grounding system on your fence energizer will also help control the chaos of animals getting loose and allow you to remain calm when you’re with friends or striving for a good night’s sleep. (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…)