How antibiotics are changing and what that means for cattle feeders

2020-05-14T14:09:32-05:00April 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

“Being that there’s always going to be bacteria on the food we get, the question arises as to what happens to some of those bacteria when they carry resistance genes,” said Dr. Lowell Midla, veterinary technical services manager at Merck Animal Health. His topic at the 2020 Cattle Feeders Day in Lancaster, PA, was the future of antibiotics. (All antibiotics must be obtained from a veterinarian or from a prescription written by a vet. Furthermore, much of what you read here will be Midla’s opinion.) (more…)

NYS Conservation Districts: Providing today, protecting tomorrow

2020-04-23T16:42:21-05:00April 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

SYRACUSE, NY – American author and farmer Wendell Berry waxed philosophic about our greatest resource: “The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, and death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” Connection, community and care are tenets soil and water conservationists abide by every day. (more…)

After coronavirus, what?

2020-04-23T16:33:24-05:00April 23, 2020|Western Edition|

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will long be remembered as a time which upended people’s lives and livelihoods and caused too many family tragedies to count. Each day, there is more depressing news about more cases and more deaths. It creates a shadow of doom over our society and world. (more…)

A phone call with PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding

2020-04-23T17:00:23-05:00April 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Because COVID-19 might be altering our lives forever, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding participated in phone calls open to around 400 people the first time around, and more than 200 the second time. These took place under the auspices of Penn-Ag Industries, with Assistant Vice President Jessica Darr hosting the program. Executive Vice President Chris Herr said at the outset of the program that he and Sec. Redding have been in contact almost daily since the COVID onset. (more…)

Colostrum management for future performance

2020-05-14T14:19:58-05:00April 15, 2020|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Colostrum quality and first feeding

by Sally Colby

Every dairy farmer knows colostrum is liquid gold, full of health benefits and protective antibodies. Dr. Sandra Godden, who works in Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota, said the time taken to ensure calves receive timely feedings of high-quality colostrum is time well spent, with both short and long term benefits. (more…)

A step forward in mastitis diagnosis

2020-06-05T10:05:09-05:00April 15, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by George Looby

For decades dairymen, veterinarians and those in university laboratories have been fighting a battle against mastitis. Researchers in the UK have employed new technology for determining the origin of mastitis in a herd. For many years, it was considered either contagious or environmental – passing from one cow to another, most often at milking. In tracing possible environmental sources, one is most often looking at bedding and other material to which the cows are exposed. (more…)

You’re amazing

2020-04-23T16:46:27-05:00April 15, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

Before the “shelter-in-place” pandemic concept came to fruition, I was on my way to Indiana to speak to farmers on grass farming and grazing management. The notoriety of being “The Grass Whisperer” and also coming from well over 100 miles made me a draw for the annual Southern Indiana Grazing Conference. Humbly, my words were not the most powerful story. (more…)