Gearing up for field trips again

2021-08-17T15:06:36-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

August means back to school time for much of America. And back to school – especially post-pandemic – means teachers and students will also be heading back out on field trips too. Fortunately, those who have experience are willing to share their wisdom, like Debbie Sebolt of Nickajack Farms in North Lawrence, Ohio. (more…)

Managing an FMD outbreak

2021-08-17T11:13:37-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

When a serious disease breaks in a foreign country, people tend to think “That won’t happen here.” But when COVID-19 emerged and threatened the U.S., that thinking quickly changed. During the 2001 foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the UK, images of livestock being tossed into pits drew U.S. farmers closer to the reality of dealing with a highly contagious viral livestock disease. (more…)

Estimating winter hay needs

2021-08-17T11:09:19-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

With corn prices up and futures uncertain, many cattlemen will rely more heavily on stored forages this coming winter. But what if hay was baled late, was rained on or came from a particularly poor stand? Perhaps the ideal haymaking window came and went too many times, a new field was skipped because it was just starting to mature or a neighbor offered a field that hadn’t been cut and baled for several years. (more…)

Rethinking deworming of beef cattle: Deworming strategies and combination dewormers

2021-08-17T11:03:17-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

With beef cattle parasites becoming increasingly resistant to available deworming treatments, what’s next for managing internal parasites? A new dewormer would be helpful, but Dr. Ray Kaplan, parasitologist and professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, said it’s unrealistic to expect that any time soon. (more…)

A look at workforce development

2021-08-17T11:20:45-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

“For some years now, Penn State has been focused on growing labor shortages,” said Sara Gligora, a special assistant in workforce development and central regional director at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. “PDA has been looking at addressing issues at all levels, from youth all the way up to adult and dislocated workers, and workers looking for a career change.” (more…)

The ‘pick-and-roll’ pasture renovation play

2021-08-17T11:22:11-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

The pick-and-roll is a classic offensive play used in basketball. First comes the pick – player A has the ball and a teammate, player B, will put their body in front of the defender who is guarding playing A. Player B then rolls to the basket. Player A then passes to player B for an easy shot. (more…)

Different grains for different markets

2021-08-17T15:21:19-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

During this year’s Grains Week, a lot of attention was paid to the plants that go into making beer and brown liquors, but there are myriad market channels for grains. Discussing some of the ones tackled at her farm was Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, NY, where she and her husband Klaas have been rotating grains for more than 30 years. (more…)

Lameness issues and possible bowed tendon?

2021-08-17T15:01:04-05:00July 29, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

This past year has been a difficult one for our 17-year-old mare, Morgan. Back on May 22, 2020, we lost our 36-year-old mare, Sabrina. For the very first time in the seven years since she’s been here, Morgan was suddenly the only horse. I was concerned about how she’d fare; even though she had been the food-dominant horse, she would definitely depend on Sabrina for her guidance, such as what to do in a thunderstorm or how to handle new situations. She was much larger (heavier) than Sabrina and so it would be comical at times to see her jump behind Sabrina for comfort and protection in what she deemed a stressful situation. (more…)

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