Spring grazier meeting

2020-06-12T15:34:58-05:00June 12, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Social distancing and a virtual meeting platform didn’t keep Capital Region farmers from attending the annual Spring Turnout Grazier Meeting in late May. The two-hour meeting offered tips for strategizing about spending money, considerations for feeding minerals to livestock and calculating costs for fencing and forage. The annual event is organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program. (more…)

Grassfed cows, organic milk and fatty acids

2020-06-12T15:29:39-05:00June 5, 2020|Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Changing cow diets changes the amount of fatty acids in their milk. Fatty acids found in cow milk, which are thought to play an important role in human health, include linoleic and alpha-linoleic (ALA) – or omega 6 and omega 3 – as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). All cow milk, no matter what the animals are fed, contains these and many other fatty acids. But the amounts and proportions of these fatty acids can differ based on cow diet. (more…)

Why heifer maturity matters – the Peter Pan problem

2020-05-29T15:18:26-05:00May 29, 2020|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Immature heifers leave a long shadow over a herd that cannot be remedied. Early calving may get milk faster, but over time total volume is comprised. During the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Virtual Conference in April, Gavin Staley, technical services specialist, Diamond V, shared his evaluation of DairyComp305 production records, which sheds insight into the significant impact of heifer immaturity on whole herd production. (more…)

Develop a marketing strategy to target the right customers

2020-05-29T14:42:45-05:00May 14, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

“I like to think of it as ‘the smell of the flower will draw in the bee,’” said Matt LeRoux, describing the importance of creating an identity for your farm business. “We’re not going to survive, especially small farms, if we don’t have an identity. This identity will draw in your target customer.” (more…)