Glyphosate, red meat and burning wood

2019-09-04T13:09:53-05:00September 4, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

Since glyphosate is a hot button issue for both consumers and producers, American Hort brought together several experts in the field to discuss the topic. American Hort represents the entire horticulture industry and has been following the glyphosate debate in the interest of dispersing the science behind the glyphosate issue. (more…)

Beef handling vital to cattle health

2019-09-20T13:51:56-05:00September 4, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY – Cattle handling for vet appointments and routine procedures is “an extremely important part of raising cattle and it’s part of the Beef Quality Assurance program,” said Mike Baker, Ph.D., beef cattle Extension specialist with Cornell University. Baker led a presentation on beef cattle chutes at the recent Empire Farm Days. The presentation highlighted several features of various chutes in a live cattle demonstration. Presenters showed how beef producers can effectively use them to improve handling cattle to reduce stress in cattle and make cattlemen’s tasks easier. (more…)

Dairy Princess encourages farmers to tell their story

2019-09-04T08:57:32-05:00September 4, 2019|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Seventeen-year old Sophie Woodis of Country Ayre Farms, LLC, Dewittville, Chautauqua County, NY, has found her voice.

“I was a dairy ambassador for 5 years,” Woodis explained. “Then last year I was the Alternate Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, and now this year I am the Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, so it’s been about 7 years now that I have been in the program. At the beginning when I was an ambassador, I was pretty quiet — well, I am still pretty quiet — but, now I think it’s fun to talk to people and teach them about what we do.” (more…)

Showing is a family affair

2019-09-04T08:47:48-05:00September 4, 2019|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

CANANDAIGUA, NY — For Blue Heaven Farm in Stanley, showing at regional livestock events is a family affair. Mom Brooke Smithling took her daughter Samantha, 5, son Emmett, 8, nieces Amy, 16 and Morgan 18, plus Megan Castano, 9, a 4-H friend, to the Ontario County Fair recently. Showing at events such as this provides a bonding experience for the family, as well as promotes the growing farm. (more…)

PA Milk Marketing Board releases opinion survey report

2019-09-03T15:30:50-05:00September 3, 2019|Western Edition|

The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board has released the Dairy Producers’ Opinion Survey Report. The 47-page report, authored by Consumer Member Carol Hardbarger, Ph.D., analyzes and evaluates data collected by the board regarding Pennsylvania dairy producer knowledge of Pennsylvania’s milk pricing system, including the over-order premium. The report also categorizes producer opinions regarding Pennsylvania’s milk pricing system and relates suggestions for change related to those opinions. (more…)

Avoid arguments, prevent stress

2019-09-03T15:23:13-05:00September 3, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

Anyone who has worked cattle with a spouse or other family member knows the process can lead to tension and arguments. Cattle become stressed because they’re crowded and forced to move unnaturally, and noisy gates and tight spots are uncomfortable and unfamiliar. People become flustered, try to rush, and everything falls apart – including family relationships. (more…)

Strengthening farm decision-making and profitability: Dairy Profit Teams and the Dairy Acceleration Program

2019-09-03T08:55:14-05:00September 3, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Betsy Hicks, Area Dairy Management Specialist

Dairy farms today are faced with difficult decisions that impact their day-to-day operations in both short-term and long-term business viability. During this drawn-out low in milk prices, attention to these decisions can be the difference between a farm being able to cash-flow through the lows, or a farm losing thousands of dollars of equity that was earned during better times. To help our producers work through difficult financial decisions, the team has facilitated profitability conversations through two means: the Dairy Acceleration Program and Dairy Profit Teams. (more…)

Custom grazing workshop shows potential in raising replacement heifers

2019-09-16T09:00:45-05:00August 29, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team member, Mary Kate Wheeler, Farm Business Management, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), led a team effort, along with custom grazing farm owner/operator Tim Virgil, Fabius, NY, and Fay Benson, Grazing Educator, CCE, South Central NY, Dairy and Field Crops Team, in a pasture walk at Virgil’s 40 to 50 heifer, custom grazing operation. (more…)

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…)

DIPA and H-2A farm worker housing

2019-08-29T13:44:56-05:00August 29, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Farms employing H-2A workers are required to provide housing for them; however, the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs (DIPA), a part of the New York State Department of Labor (NYS-DOL), inspects and approves the housing. Caylin Gwise with the New York spoke on H-2A housing for a recent webinar hosted by the NY-DOL. (more…)