Handling farm stress

2018-03-16T12:54:19+00:00March 16th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Andrea Bjornestad, extension mental health specialist and assistant professor at South Dakota State University, references an article in the British paper ‘The Guardian’ that addressed mental health issues in farmers. “Recent depression rates in agricultural workers have varied from 7.4 percent to 24 percent,” she said. (more…)

Bovine Health

2018-03-16T12:53:24+00:00March 16th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Hey Doc, that vaccine didn’t work!

by Gabe Middleton DVM

While working with our dairy clients to improve health and productivity of their herds, I’ll occasionally hear, “Hey Doc, that vaccine didn’t work.” We vaccinate cows and calves to prevent reproductive disease and loss, respiratory disease, mastitis, and scours, just to name a few. (more…)

How external influences are changing the cattle feeding industry

2018-03-16T12:44:51+00:00March 16th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Steve Wagner

Colin Woodall is the senior vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “In politics, especially in our industry, when you look at the political perspective, we are always asking ourselves ‘Are we better off today than we were a year ago?’” Woodall’s answer was an affirmation that he made before the 49th annual Cattle Feeder’s Day in Lancaster, PA. (more…)

Profitable forage based beef

2018-03-09T10:54:54+00:00March 9th, 2018|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Scott Barao, retired from the University of Maryland as state beef extension specialist, is now the executive director of the Jorgensen Family Foundation, which was created in 1997 to conduct beef and forage research for the benefit of farmers in the mid-Atlantic. Hedgeapple Farm in Buckeystown, MD, is the working model centerpiece of the foundation, and Barao directs the operations there. (more…)

Millsboro, DE Farm receives national award for environmental stewardship by USPOULTRY

2018-03-01T12:08:18+00:00March 1st, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

TUCKER, GA — A Millsboro, DE poultry farm was one of six farms nationwide to be recognized for environmental excellence during the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo, recently held in Atlanta. Baker’s Acres Farm was awarded the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s (USPOULTRY) Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. USPOULTRY sponsors the annual awards in recognition of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. (more…)

Milk quality: the people factor

2018-02-22T16:51:06+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

The somatic cell count (SCC) of milk increases if there is mammary gland inflammation in the cow. SCC is a “good marker of mastitis,” Susan Schexnayder, University of Tennessee, said in a recent DaireXNet presentation, “New Insight Into the People Side of Milk Quality.” “Mastitis is directly related to the quality of milk…and it decreases milk quality and yield.” (more…)