Adding calcium before calving

2020-01-22T10:37:09-05:00January 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Most consumers know that milk products are a good source of calcium in their diets. What many may not know (but farmers do) is that dairy cows also need calcium added to their diets, especially before calving and during the transition to lactation. A new study led by Dr. Phil Cardoso found that calcium added to acidified prepartum diets for dairy cows can improve several postpartum issues including lower rates of uterine infection and a quicker return to ovulation. (more…)

Dean Foods bankruptcy shakes up dairy industry

2020-01-23T09:06:53-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

On Nov. 12, media outlets from around the globe sent a shockwave throughout the countryside in reporting that the largest dairy processor in America, Dean Foods Company (and substantially all of its subsidiaries), had filed for voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas. Dairy industry watchdog Pete Hardin, editor and publisher of the Wisconsin-based Milkweed dairy newspaper, said, “The news is jaw-dropping and is the biggest bankruptcy in dairy history.” (more…)

Small ruminants: Grass to cash with goats

2020-01-23T11:40:54-05:00January 21, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Whether you’re already grazing cattle and have marginal land or pastures needing improvement, or are seeking to graze smaller parcels of land and considering cattle, Ken Andries, small ruminant specialist at the University of Kentucky, encourages you to think about adding sheep and goats to your operation. (more…)

Farmers’ Breakfast: The Lancaster County influence

2020-01-21T16:06:29-05:00January 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner

At State Rep. Mindy Fee’s October Farmers’ Breakfast, an event in which Lancaster County legislators bring farmers and others up to speed on what is being done in the state capitol of Pennsylvania, State Sen. Ryan Aument laid out a template for success. “We [Fee, Rep. Dave Hickernell and myself] work exceptionally well as a delegation between the House and Senate. One of the things I’ve been proud of over the years is the measure of influence that the Lancaster County delegation has had in Harrisburg. That is important not just because we’re interested in maintaining and holding onto power and leadership positions. I am privileged to serve on the Senate Leadership Team. We now have seniority, which gives a number of our members the opportunity as committee chairmen. (more…)

Fighting back against food bullying

2020-01-23T11:20:45-05:00January 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

If you are still tacking New Year’s resolutions to your list, consider helping to stop the issue of food bullying. The issue is an epidemic, according to Michele Payn, founder of Cause Matters Corp., a company which focuses on addressing food myths, developing science communication and connecting farm to food, and author of the recently released “Food Bullying: How to Avoid Buying B.S.” (more…)

The regulatory aspect

2020-01-23T09:12:11-05:00January 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Do you remember crop insurance of yesteryear? In the early days, the concept had to be a hard sell, and then re-sold the following year. Farmers annually had to be talked into buying crop insurance, and found themselves trying to come up with reasons to buy it, playing the odds of natural disasters avoiding their farms during those years. That segued into the cost of doing business to the point where most farmers buy it now as a matter of course, factoring in those costs. (more…)

Workshop covers FSMA regulations

2020-01-21T13:34:16-05:00January 21, 2020|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

GENEVA, NY — If you process farm goods, understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act (21 CFR Part 117) is vital for both abiding by the law and keeping consumers of your products safe. A federal regulation adopted in 2017 and enacted in late 2018, “FSMA” isn’t as well understood as it should be. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in cooperation with USDA and National Institute of Food and Agriculture presented “FSMA Regulations for Small and Very Small Food Processors” at the Cornell Food Venture Center recently. The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety and Cornell AgriTech co-hosted. (more…)

Cold Hollow hosts small ruminant seminar

2020-01-21T12:37:39-05:00January 21, 2020|New England Farm Weekly|

by Ty Mason

I know firsthand what a farmer goes through trying to raise goats in cow country. The U.S. is part of only 30% of the world that commonly consumes cattle products. The other 70% is dependent on goats. I have been raising dairy goats for several years and have found how difficult it is. In the first couple of years some of my goats died and I had no idea why. (more…)