Detecting pregnancy in beef cattle

2019-08-29T13:49:59-05:00August 29, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

According to 2016 USDA data, only 20 percent of beef herds are actively using rectal palpitation or ultrasound to detect pregnancy. While 70 percent of producers with herds of 200 head or more do use one of these methods, a mere 11 percent of those with 49 head or less do so to detect pregnancy. According to Dr. Ky Pohler, Texas A&M University, the beef industry is leaving a lot of income on the table because these accurate pregnancy detection methods are better utilized. (more…)

Brush up on H-2A compliance

2019-08-29T13:42:51-05:00August 29, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Whether you have an H-2A program or are interested in becoming involved, it’s a great time to refresh your knowledge of compliance. Caylin Gwise with the New York Department of Labor’s (NY-DOL) Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs (DIPA) spoke on the topic for a recent webinar hosted by the DOL. (more…)

4-Hers continue family showing tradition

2019-08-27T15:19:20-05:00August 27, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Virginia Gardner grew up showing animals at the Steuben County Fair in Bath, NY. Helping her daughter Natalie Capluzzi, 12, show at the Seneca County Fair in Seneca Falls picks up right where she left off. Virginia and her husband, Zachary Gardner, moved their family to Interlaken in Seneca County a year ago. Natalie did particularly well showing her animals considering it was her first time exhibiting at a different county’s fair. Between the Open Show and 4-H Show, Natalie won Showmanship for her rabbit and for her dairy heifer; and Junior Champion, Reserve Junior Champion and Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion with her two Holsteins. (more…)

Dairy summer research update

2019-08-26T10:52:04-05:00August 26, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Dairy farmers in New York’s capital region gathered at King Brothers Dairy in Schuylerville, NY in mid-July to hear the latest outcomes of research by internationally renowned dairy reproduction expert Julio O. Giordano, DVM, MS, Ph.D. Giordano and a team of students from Cornell University’s Dairy Cattle Biology and Management Laboratory presented the findings from two recent studies. (more…)

Dairy and consumer trust

2019-08-26T13:33:31-05:00August 26, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

The Dairy Sustainability Alliance is a membership group which includes dairy farmers, dairy cooperatives, processors, agribusiness service providers, retailers, and non-profits. It’s composed of a variety of stakeholders from massive corporate entities to individual producers, representing interests all along the dairy supply chain. The Dairy Sustainability Alliance is a program of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. (more…)

2019 Farm Field Day held at Musgrave Research Farm, part 2

2019-08-23T10:58:51-05:00August 23, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award recipient Mike Hunter spoke to attendees about weed control in soybeans, with an emphasis on identifying and controlling herbicide-resistant weeds. “We’ve got to start spraying, really, by numbers now,” Hunter advised, explaining studies show some weeds with resistance to multiple sites of action. “We have a lot of glyphosate-resistant and ALS-resistant marestail in New York State, and that’s been difficult to deal with and it’s changed a lot of how we deal with soybeans and soybean weed controls.” (more…)