Delivering cheese from a dynamic herd

2013-06-28T08:35:23+00:00June 28th, 2013|Western Edition|

CW-MR-2-Muranda Cheese50by Sally Colby
With high volatility in the agricultural industry, not everyone is willing to start farming from scratch. But that’s what Tom Murray and his wife Nancy did. They borrowed money for their Waterloo, NY farm and bought cattle they could afford. Although they weren’t able to obtain top-quality cows in the beginning, they eventually purchased High-Sights Cleitus Lulu, who became the dam of Muranda Oscar Lucinda — a cow that set the world record for milk production.
That was in 1991, and Murray says that it was Lulu who put Muranda Holsteins on the map. “She was one of a few registered Holsteins,” said Murray, adding that grade cows were purchased to fill the barn. “That triggered the start of our interest in genetic marketing and cow families, and it blossomed from there.”
The Murrays used revenue from early genetic marketing to purchase more cattle, aiming to acquire cattle with deep pedigrees. At a 1998 dispersal sale, the Murrays purchased Beachlawn L Lilly, who became the matron for a significant cow family. Lilly has produced numerous offspring by (more…)

Grazing livestock

2013-06-28T08:23:08+00:00June 28th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CeWN-MR-1-Grazingby Katie Navarra
Grazing livestock have the potential to maximize or exceed their daily intake requirements ultimately leading to increased production than if fed stored forages.
“Well-managed pastures are generally higher in quality than any other forage,” Karen Hoffman, Resource Conversationalist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, said. Livestock allowed to graze consume the plant when it is in the vegetative stage of growth before it sends out a seed head.
“The plant will be lower in fiber, which means it is more easily digested by the animal, with the help of bacteria in the rumen of the animals that have one,” she added. Pastures also tend to be higher in protein and energy than other forages due to the stage of plant growth. Furthermore, (more…)

Quality fleece production

2013-06-21T12:04:29+00:00June 21st, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-3-Quality fleece333by Katie Navarra
Twelve months of work is measured in a matter of minutes. Shearing day reveals the overall health of the animal and defines the income that animal has produced in its fleece. A successful shearing day begins months in advance and is achieved with proper nutrition and grazing management practices.
A quality clipping begins well before shearing. In addition to the animal’s breeding nutrition, pasture management and parasite control significantly impact the quality of the fleece produced.
“Protein and energy are the two big things,” Aaron Gabriel with Cornell Cooperative Extension said, “the stage of the plant affects quality (more…)

Dryden Dairy Day Parade

2013-06-21T11:52:17+00:00June 21st, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-3-Dryden Dairy Day2cDryden, NY — This year brought us to the 29th Annual Dryden Dairy Day. The parade is part of a full celebration of June is Dairy Month. Dryden is a small farming community in Upstate New York that is surrounded by area farms. The event incorporates local business, schools and churches for a fun-filled parade and then a gathering at the small community park. Everything in the park is based on the goodness of Dairy and Dairy products.
This year the parade was dedicated to a local Grange member and long time farmer, Roger  Gleason, and after the area farmers losing one of the most reliable and trusted repairman in April, a local Dryden Dairy farmer was inspired to organize a tractor procession for the end of the (more…)

We’re not overgrazing, we’re under managing

2013-06-21T10:33:34+00:00June 21st, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-2-Overgrazing1by Troy Bishopp
NEWARK VALLEY, NY — This situation of farmers under-managing grazing land, plants, animals, biological systems and finances was the backdrop of what internationally renowned holistic grazing educator and South African rancher, Ian Mitchell-Innes, has seen throughout America on his three month lecture series preaching the gospel of working in “wholes”.
“The grazing opportunities in the Northeast are absolutely exciting but one has to treat it like a train stop. You’ve got to be ready to get on. Money will not save us, management will,” said Innes.
Creating this grazing workshop with a different perspective using holistic management decision-making tools was the brain-child of Brian Reaser, Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District’s agricultural planner, Board Treasurer of the CNY RC&D Council and former (more…)

What happens when Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybean patent expires?

2013-06-21T09:42:35+00:00June 21st, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CN-MR-2-What happens 2by Steve Wagner
“The world’s most widely adopted biotech trait, Roundup Ready® soybeans, is set to go off patent soon in the U.S. — the last applicable Monsanto-owned patent is expected to expire in 2014.” In cutting-to-the-chase fashion, the Monsanto press release’s first line explains it very clearly. Other things Monsanto wants you to know are bullet-pointed below:
• Monsanto is amending all Roundup Ready soybean trait licenses to extend through the final patent expiration. As a result, the last crop year for which Monsanto will collect royalties on the technology is 2014.
• Licensees have no obligation to destroy or return seed due to expiration of the Roundup Ready soybean trait licenses.
• Monsanto will not use variety patents against U.S. farmers who save varieties containing the Roundup Ready trait for planting on their own (more…)

Trinder Farm stays small and manageable, yet progressive with robots, wind and solar power

2013-06-14T08:07:11+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

CEW-MR-3-Trinder Farm 3cby Pat Malin
FABIUS, NY — Progress could be the middle name of Trinder Farm LLC.
In just the past five years, the Trinder Farm has arguably undergone more significant changes than in the previous 35 years since Tom Trinder bought the family farm.
Trinder and his management team, consisting of herdswoman Nancy Wood and night manager Brian McKallip, along with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, hosted an open house on May 22 to show off the unique setup of this organic Dairy of Distinction.
Trinder purchased the farm in 1978, a few years after his father, Glenn, had sold it. The elder Trinder bought the farm in 1952 and milked just 75 cows. In 1965, Tom Trinder decided to go to a free stall operation. In 2002, Trinder began pasture grazing and in 2006, converted every acre of corn into pasture and hay for 200-plus cows. (more…)

Senate approves Farm Bill containing dairy policy reform Dairy Security Act key feature of new measure

2013-06-14T08:04:43+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

ARLINGTON, VA — For the second time in a year, the Senate has approved a comprehensive farm bill containing the dairy policy reforms backed by the National Milk Producers Federation. The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 by a vote of 66-27 on June 10.
The measure contains the Dairy Security Act backed by NMPF and its farmer members, which creates a more effective safety net for dairy producers. (more…)

Senate Farm Bill fuels economic growth and energy independence, RFA presses House to consider similar programs

2013-06-14T08:03:40+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), commented on the 2013 Farm Bill as it moves from Senate approval to consideration by the House of Representatives.
“It has been a long process, but a very worthwhile one. After much thoughtful dialogue, the Senate passed a Farm Bill that is forward-looking and positive for America’s renewable fuels industry. We believe the House, like the Senate, will also recognize the job-creating, value-added economic (more…)

Peterson statement: Senate Farm Bill passage

2013-06-14T08:02:44+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 10, U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-MN, made the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved S. 954, the 2013 Farm Bill.
“Today’s Senate vote brings us one step closer to having a new, five-year farm bill in place this year. Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran did an excellent job and I applaud their leadership. (more…)

NCGA congratulates Senate on Farm Bill passage, urges House action

2013-06-14T08:00:43+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Corn Growers Association  congratulates the Senate on passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2013 farm bill). The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 66-27. NCGA now urges the House of Representatives to quickly follow suit.
“America’s farmers greatly appreciate the leadership and bipartisan efforts by the Senate to complete their work on the farm bill,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “We also recognize the efforts put forth to address regional concerns to ensure all areas of the country are adequately represented in the final language.” (more…)

Statement from NCBA president regarding Senate passage of 2013 Farm Bill

2013-06-14T07:59:31+00:00June 14th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate in a 66 to 27 vote passed the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954) on June 10. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a dairy and beef producer from Cody, WY, issued the following statement on the passage of the legislation:
“NCBA is very pleased with today’s passage of the 2013 Farm Bill by the Senate. We commend both Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for their leadership on this very important piece of legislation. Cattlemen and women have been asking Congress to pass a farm bill which not only provides certainty for agricultural producers nationwide, but also incorporates priorities (more…)