Erie County 4-H’ers achieve excellence

2021-07-27T11:06:47-05:00July 27, 2021|Western Edition|

For members of the Erie County 4-H Youth Development Program were honored to have their Public Presentations selected to be reviewed by State 4-H Staff after great success at the county and district levels. Madison Kehr and Holly and Kelly Niefergold of Lawtons and Jack Niefergold of Springville submitted videos of their presentations for possible selection to the Northeast States Presentation Fest on Sept. 19. Madison and Jack are members of the Lawtons Progressors 4-H Club, while Holly and Kelly are Independent Members. All four youth are students at North Collins Central School. (more…)

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…)

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

2021-07-15T15:51:42-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show

Angus exhibitors led 100 entries at the 2021 Pennsylvania Angus Breeders’ Show on July 3 in Huntingdon, PA. Bain Wilson of Blacksburg, VA, evaluated the entries before naming champions.

Photos courtesy of Reese Tuckwiller, American Angus Association

Quarterly dairy industry legal update

2021-07-15T15:45:20-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

On Tuesday, July 27 from noon – 1 p.m., Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will be conducting the fourth webinar in its series titled “Quarterly Dairy Industry Legal Update.” The webinar will cover legal and regulatory developments in the U.S. dairy industry in the second quarter of calendar year 2021, and the focused topic will be “Geographical Indications in International Dairy Trade,” presented by Chloe Marie, LL.M., research specialist at the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more…)

Table Rock Farm’s conservation efforts earn recognition

2021-07-15T15:42:50-05:00July 15, 2021|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Meghan Hauser’s great-grandparents Florence and Scott De Golyer had always lived in town, but in in 1915, they purchased a farm in Castile, NY.

“They were not farmers,” said Hauser. “My great-grandfather was a civil engineer and was working on the Genesee River. He fell in love with the area and bought a dairy farm – probably without input from his wife.” The farm was typical for the time, with a small herd of Guernseys, some chickens and sheep, and dry beans grown as a cash crop. (more…)

Foote named NY Ag Educator of the Year

2021-07-15T15:26:13-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Greenwich High School Agricultural Science teacher Betsy Foote was recently named the New York Ag Educator of the Year. The NYS Farm Bureau, Nationwide Insurance and the NYS FFA Association sponsored this award. There were more than 350 NYS ag teachers eligible for this award. Foote was one of the 11 regional winners across the state and was selected to receive the inaugural Golden Owl trophy and a $3,000 cash award. (more…)

Back in the saddle again for the Brookfield Trail Ride

2021-07-15T15:12:03-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The Brookfield Competitive Trail Ride/Drive Clinic and Competition returned this June to Chenango County, bringing in riders old and new.

The ride is hosted by Pure Country Campground in New Berlin and led by ride co-managers Joanna Lasher and Lynn Dunn. There are 15- and 25-mile rides and drives both days of the weekend, and the format allows entrants to enter one horse in either one or two 25-mile events (with two creating a 50-mile ride). It also allows one rider to ride a different horse each day, if they so choose. (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…)

Rethinking deworming of beef cattle: The role of refugia in managing parasites

2021-07-15T15:22:32-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ray Kaplan, parasitologist and professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, has some stern words for cattlemen: “We need to start changing the ways we think about controlling worms. What we’re doing now is not only not working well, it’s heading us to potential disaster.” (more…)