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Ration opportunities affect profitability

2018-08-20T07:12:43+00:00August 20, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
SENECA FALLS, NY — What you feed your dairy herd directly affects cash flow, according to Tom R. Overton, Ph.D, professor of Dairy Management in the Department of animal Science at Cornell University. Overton, who directs the Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, presented “Feeding Strategies During Challenging Times” at the recent Empire Farm Days. (more…)

Are you over-grazing?

2018-03-30T12:32:46+00:00March 30, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
LIVERPOOL, NY — Do you ever find your farm “running out” of pasture? Sarah Flack, a consultant specializing in grass based and organic livestock farming, spoke on “Matching Cows & Land Base to Increase Farm Income” at the recent 7th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference, hosted by Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). (more…)

Sequential grazing benefits pastures

2018-03-23T09:16:48+00:00March 23, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
GENEVA, NY — Multi-species farm managers could be onto something. Ross Duffield, farm manager at Rodale Institute, spoke on the topic recently at the last of the series of NYCO Winter Meetings. While many modern commercial livestock operations feature just one species, pasturing them all can lead to problems. Pastures can become depleted as the animals eat only their preferred forage. (more…)

NOFA-NY continues growth

2018-03-16T13:04:52+00:00March 16, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
LIVERPOOL, NY — Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY, www.nofany.org) is on the grow. Organized as a LLC, the Binghamton, NY-based organization is accredited by the USDA to certify organic farmers and processors in the U.S. The association also holds the position as the state’s largest organic certifying body. (more…)

Are you a beef 'agvocate'?

2018-03-09T11:00:33+00:00March 9, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
SYRACUSE, NY — Of course you want more people to buy beef if you’re a cattleman; however, not every producer is an “agvocate,” according to Jean O’Toole, executive director of the New York Beef Council. O’Toole spoke at the recent New York Farm Show on the topic. (more…)