Wet distillers’ feeds for Eastern dairy producers gains popularity

2020-01-23T11:43:23-05:00January 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Jon M. Casey

For the past several decades, distillers’ byproducts, also known as co-products, have been a regular addition to the ration programs of beef cattle feedlots throughout Western and Midwestern corn producing regions. This is due largely in part to the increased ethanol in the past 20 years. With this increased use of ethanol as fuel in the transportation industry, and the opening of new distilleries and ethanol plants closer to the corn-producing regions, a consistent source of feedstuffs has become available to nearby feedlots. More importantly, with the increase of corn being used to make ethanol in the U.S. (now over 35% of the annual crop) the increased cost of corn grain makes feeding ethanol co-products like wet distillers’ grains more attractive. (more…)

Basic first aid tips for horsekeepers

2020-01-23T11:16:57-05:00January 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

It was a dark, cold Sunday evening just a couple weeks ago and the horses were late coming home from their pasture to the barn for the night. I had their feed, water and hay all ready and was just getting a spare lead rope and flashlight to head out and see where they were when they appeared in the back paddock and headed into the barn. My relief was momentary, as I immediately noticed that Sabrina, my elder mare, seemed to be bleeding profusely from above her eye. I called my husband to come into the barn to help and was prepared to call the veterinarian if necessary, but decided first to calm down, take a deep breath and assess the situation. I put Morgan, our other mare, in her stall where she was happily occupied with eating and didn’t mind being closed in so I could attend to Sabrina. (more…)

Fall Round-Up Grazier Meeting

2020-01-23T09:04:06-05:00January 22, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Brent Zimmerman is no stranger to farming. He grew up on a family farm in Michigan that raised dairy, hogs, hay and wheat. After high school he pursued a career in banking until a two-week vacation took him to Tuscany, Italy, in 1991. Instead of boarding his return flight, he stayed for 25 years and changed careers, getting back to his roots. (more…)

Fun on the Farm offers ag education

2020-01-22T14:33:19-05:00January 22, 2020|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Fewer families farm these days, meaning that they’re one or two generations or more removed from firsthand knowledge of farming. In New York, Ontario County farmers coordinate to host Fun on the Farm on odd-numbered years. This year marked the 15th event in 26 years. A different farm hosts the event each year. Though it includes many family-oriented activities, Fun on the Farm hosts are working farms that don’t ordinarily host guests — not agritourism locations that are continually open to the public. (more…)

Dean Foods bankruptcy shakes up dairy industry

2020-01-23T09:06:53-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

On Nov. 12, media outlets from around the globe sent a shockwave throughout the countryside in reporting that the largest dairy processor in America, Dean Foods Company (and substantially all of its subsidiaries), had filed for voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas. Dairy industry watchdog Pete Hardin, editor and publisher of the Wisconsin-based Milkweed dairy newspaper, said, “The news is jaw-dropping and is the biggest bankruptcy in dairy history.” (more…)

Small ruminants: Grass to cash with goats

2020-01-23T11:40:54-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Whether you’re already grazing cattle and have marginal land or pastures needing improvement, or are seeking to graze smaller parcels of land and considering cattle, Ken Andries, small ruminant specialist at the University of Kentucky, encourages you to think about adding sheep and goats to your operation. (more…)

The regulatory aspect

2020-01-23T09:12:11-05:00January 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Do you remember crop insurance of yesteryear? In the early days, the concept had to be a hard sell, and then re-sold the following year. Farmers annually had to be talked into buying crop insurance, and found themselves trying to come up with reasons to buy it, playing the odds of natural disasters avoiding their farms during those years. That segued into the cost of doing business to the point where most farmers buy it now as a matter of course, factoring in those costs. (more…)