Back in the saddle again for the Brookfield Trail Ride

2021-07-15T15:12:03-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The Brookfield Competitive Trail Ride/Drive Clinic and Competition returned this June to Chenango County, bringing in riders old and new.

The ride is hosted by Pure Country Campground in New Berlin and led by ride co-managers Joanna Lasher and Lynn Dunn. There are 15- and 25-mile rides and drives both days of the weekend, and the format allows entrants to enter one horse in either one or two 25-mile events (with two creating a 50-mile ride). It also allows one rider to ride a different horse each day, if they so choose. (more…)

Hay days of summer

2021-07-15T15:06:03-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Frank Gringeri

Usually, we start cutting hay around the end of May. It never got hot and dry and we didn’t have three good days the whole month of June. Maybe July will have a different personality. I’m not sure horse owners know the kind of work that goes into making a good bale of hay. This is what you need to get it done. (more…)

Summer fairs give a sense of a new normal

2021-07-15T14:50:49-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Hannah Majewski

COVID-19 left many 4-H members unable to participate in their last 4-H experience before heading off to work or college. Long-time participants could not enter the show ring for their “Fit and Show” class, set up an exhibit or camp out with their friends and family at the fairgrounds one last time. For many youth, 4-H at the fair became an integral part of their summer – something they looked forward to every year. COVID-19 took away their chance to say goodbye to something that had become a staple in their lives. (more…)

Labeling dairy foods

2021-07-15T15:22:52-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Those who have added on-farm processing to the dairy farm enterprise are required to label products according to federal guidelines, and in most cases, state guidelines as well. Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor, Penn State Food Science, discussed federal guidelines for farmers who are developing dairy food labels. (more…)

Learning on the job

2021-07-15T14:43:46-05:00July 15, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Enrico Villamaino

Madison Jaslar recently became the beneficiary of a program jointly sponsored by the Dairy Excellence Foundation, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the PA Dairymen’s Association. These organizations are placing college students pursuing careers in dairy production in on-farm summer internships throughout the Keystone State. (more…)

Rethinking deworming of beef cattle: The role of refugia in managing parasites

2021-07-15T15:22:32-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Ray Kaplan, parasitologist and professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, has some stern words for cattlemen: “We need to start changing the ways we think about controlling worms. What we’re doing now is not only not working well, it’s heading us to potential disaster.” (more…)

Be proactive with media when activists appear

2021-07-15T15:37:59-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

If you haven’t put much thought into what to do in case animal rights activists show up at your farm, it’s time to develop a plan. Activists are becoming more emboldened, and as new groups form, members are developing new tactics. Unfortunately, when activists reach their goal of making headline news, they often receive more favorable coverage than the farmer. (more…)

The northern hardwood resource: A market perspective

2021-07-15T13:37:26-05:00July 15, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Emily Carey

Any forester and economist will tell you that hardwood markets are very different from other markets. Even Bill Luppold of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, with over 40 years of experience analyzing hardwood forest markets, said “They are not what’s taught in economic textbooks” during his presentation at the online 2021 Northern Hardwood Conference. (more…)