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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…)
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…)
SENECA FALLS, NY — Want to get top dollar for your beef calves? Try pre-conditioning. Dave Wilson, a retired large animal veterinarian presented “Putting Profit in Your Pocket with Pre-Conditioning Practices” at the recent Empire Farm Days. (more…)
A group of New York potato farmers began meeting annually in central New York in the 1930s. Their group, the Empire State Potato Growers, continued to expand the event that eventually became Empire Farm Days, which today spans 300 acres at the Rodman Lott & Sons Farm in Seneca Falls, NY. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)