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Going retail Bolsters Dairy

2018-09-28T15:22:39+00:00September 28th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

After decades of dairying, Will Comley of Mexico, NY knows volumes about the industry. With the third straight year of low milk prices, he knew that his dairy, like many other family-owned dairies, was in trouble late last year. (more…)

Improving labor efficiency lowers farm overhead

2018-08-20T07:56:59+00:00August 20th, 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+00:00August 20th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 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…)

Crop insurance provides safety net

2018-03-23T08:57:39+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

GENEVA, NY — Want a safety net to protect you from the perils of farming? Get crop insurance, according to farmer Brian Andrews. The Machias, NY-based producer spoke about crop insurance via video at a New York Certified Organic Winter Meeting recently. (more…)

NOFA-NY continues growth

2018-03-16T13:04:52+00:00March 16th, 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…)