East Hill Dairy ~ Kiwi-cross for high butterfat

2018-08-20T07:59:11+00:00August 20th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

East Hill Dairy sits atop a small knoll near Warsaw, NY, surrounded by open pastures. Passersby traveling the busy state highway would hardly notice it was there — if not for the Kiwi-cross cows that seem to appear and then disappear, reappearing on the other side of the highway through a tunnel the farm had installed so their cows could access the pasture. (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…)

Something to Cook About

2018-08-20T07:27:02+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by RD Vincent, author of the Donbridge Series

Walking along the country roads of my parents’ farm, I decided to stop off at my grandmother’s house. I could see her pruning her peony bushes in the late summer sun. As I walked up to her yard, the house phone rang loudly, and she quickly dropped her shears and headed to the house to answer the phone, all the while unaware that I was near. (more…)

Staying safe around dairy cattle

2018-08-20T07:21:29+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dairy cattle don’t have a reputation as being dangerous farm animals because they’re handled frequently and are usually placid. Despite their easy-going nature, dairy animals have the potential to seriously hurt or kill humans, so it’s important to understand how they perceive their surroundings and how to handle them. (more…)

More revenue, more liability

2018-08-10T15:05:13+00:00August 10th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

When it comes to liability related to agritourism, or agritainment, Dr. Brian Schilling says every farm is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for managing liability on agritourism farms. However, farmers can take steps to avoid messy legal issues. (more…)

Asado anyone?

2018-07-31T14:07:43+00:00July 31st, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

So you’re a farmer and you’ve got this pile of brush you made out of tenacious, multi-flora rose bushes, overgrown honeysuckle, wily spiked hawthorn trees and dead limb wood. Before you touch a match to this hedgerow fuel and burn up your nemesis, might you consider this action functional as well as delicious? An asado is just a smoldering flame away. (more…)