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Do balanced soil improve farms?

2019-01-14T10:45:11-05:00December 11, 2018|New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Maintaining soil balance may positively affect yield, quality and the environment, according to panelists recently assembled by Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center participating in a moderated call-in conference, “Soil Balancing: What do the Numbers Say About Its Effects on Soils, Crops, Weeds and Farms?” Matthew Kleinhenz, vegetable production specialist at Ohio State, moderated. (more…)

Animals guarding animals: llamas

2018-10-29T15:34:05-05:00October 29, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Could an animal protect your livestock from predators? Food Animal Concerns Trust hosted Jan Dohner presenting “Livestock Guardian Animals: Llamas, Donkeys and Dogs” as a webinar recently to introduce how these animals can ward off predators and warn producers of predator dangers. She lives on her family farm in Michigan. (more…)

Improving labor efficiency lowers farm overhead

2018-08-20T07:56:59-05:00August 20, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
SENECA FALLS, NY — Labor represents one of the largest parts of overhead at any dairy operation. Keeping labor costs under control can help farms increase profits. Ashley Howlett of Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Farm Business Management spoke on the topic earlier in the month at one of the free Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days, hosted annually by Rodman Lott and Son Farms. (more…)

Ration opportunities affect profitability

2018-08-20T07:12:43-05:00August 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?

2018-03-30T12:32:46-05:00March 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…)