Planning for a new forage stand

2018-05-25T09:06:57+00:00May 25th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Many livestock farms rely on a combination of grazing and stored forages to feed ruminant animals throughout the year. This involves careful consideration of forage species that will work for both pasture and stored forage. Producers should plan ahead to minimize risk and ensure successful crop establishment. (more…)

Wynnbrook Coup d’ Etat, aka Sharky

2018-05-25T09:03:49+00:00May 25th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Hope Holland      

In the world of the everyday pony, “just plain cute works” well. Generally speaking, a just plain cute pony with good manners is set for life with two squares, a nice stall and minimal work with a succession of decent tiny people to ride it. (more…)

Another point of view on the dairy situation

2018-05-18T15:48:55+00:00May 18th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Jim Goodman, dairy farmer and president of the National Family Farm Coalition says the dairy industry is in a crisis situation, and added that it isn’t the first time. “I’ve been a dairy farmer all my life, basically the last 40 years; 20 as conventional farmer and the last 20 as an organic dairy farmer,” he said. (more…)

A return to the good ol’ days may not be so good

2018-05-11T12:06:19+00:00May 11th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, cooperative extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at University of California, Davis, spoke recently at the Animal Ag Alliance Summit in Arlington, VA. Although many people have a desire to return to ‘how it used to be’ in agriculture, there are far-reaching consequences. (more…)

Grass matters in cow diets

2018-05-11T11:57:55+00:00May 11th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Today’s conventional dairy farms typically feed a total mixed ration which includes grains and by-products for energy balancing, as well as hay and other forage crops, plus mineral supplements. No longer do most lactating dairy cows graze the pastures, producing milk primarily from the grass and legumes they harvest themselves. Instead, farmers spend time and energy growing feed crops such as small grains, hay, corn and soybeans. (more…)