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2014 Empire Farm Days are Aug. 5-7

The 2014 Empire Farm Days is scheduled Aug. 5-7, at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms, Seneca Falls, NY. FULL STORY »

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of tile lines

Farm drainage has been increasing land productivity since its introduction during the colonial times in the United States. However, there is concern today more than ever about proper management to protect surface water quality. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions dip slightly, but…

…the 2014 corn crop is still the best reported since 2004. FULL STORY »

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. FULL STORY »

Wage war on our top 5 welfare issues

As a veterinarian, I see things we could do to improve cow and calf welfare. We need to improve our practices relating to lameness, dehorning, tail docking, euthanasia and transportation. FULL STORY »

Cattle Grazing: Summer Storms & Wild Cherry Trees

Following some of the rain storms and winds that have moved through our area recently, I received a phone call from a farmer who had noticed that a large wild cherry tree had fallen down into a pasture paddock. FULL STORY »

Ammonia and calf health

In a recent posting on his blog, “Calves with Sam,” New York calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley discusses industry guidelines and practical monitoring of ammonia levels in preweaned calf environments. FULL STORY »

IDFA, Cornell launch dairy foods leadership development program

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is joining with Cornell University to offer leadership development opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the dairy foods business. FULL STORY »

Implementing shorter, single-group dry cow programs

Consider Shorter, Single-Group Dry Periods for Managing Hypocalcemia. There’s been a trend on dairy farms to implement shorter, single-group dry cow programs. Benefits to shortening the dry period for may include: FULL STORY »

Senators to FDA: We want more antibiotic information

Amid the on-going controversy over the use of antibiotics in food animal production, three Democratic Senators are pushing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg for more information FULL STORY »

DHM Numbers: June culling hits 6-year low

U.S. dairy cows culled for slaughter in June 2014 fell to the lowest level in six years, slipping below 200,000 head for the first time since June 2008. FULL STORY »

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