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Country Folks West September 12, 2011

Transcript of CW 9.12.11

  • Farm News Equipment for Sale Auctions Classifieds

    12 SEPTEMBER 2011Section

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    Your Weekly Connection to Agriculture

    Fillmore FFA wins big atthe NYS fair

    FFA Page A26

    ColumnistsLee MielkeMielke Market Weekly

    A30Paris ReidheadCrop Comments A29

    Auctions B1Classifieds B15Farmer to Farmer A11Beef A6

    Agriculturee iss alivee andd welll atthee Neww Yorkk Statee Fairr

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    Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearingwith one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2

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    Despite the threat of severe weather, the 2011 NewYork State Fair was host to over 900,000 visitors fromAug. 25- Sept. 5. This years agricultural areas stallsand aisles were brimming with competitors addinglast minute touches to their animals to attract thejudges attention.

    Thousands of animals were showcased to apprecia-tive spectators. Giggles and squeals could be heardfrom children as they were exposed to the variousspecies for the first (or hundredeth) time.

    The New York State Fair provided fun, excitement,as well as education, to all who attended.

    Agriculture is alive and well at the New York State Fair

    Competition was fierce at the Hereford Open Show.

    The antique tractor exhibit featured numerous unusual examples of machinery likethis 1949 John Deere MT Ladys Tractor owned by Lillian Foster.

    The 2011 sand sculpture, In Remembrance ofSept. 11, 2001 was a moving reminder for all.

    This years butter sculpture was named Feeding ourFuture Depicting a food service person giving outlunch items. The 800 pound sculpture will be made intobiofuel sometime after the fair.

    Last minute preparations were apparent all through thedairy building. Photos by Lorna Quinn

    Cattle are shown in the Winter Heifer Calf division of the Youth Holstein Show.

    Outside, Elizabeth Goblet from Berne, NY, makes use ofthe washing area.This goat drew a great deal of attention as she was

    being milked.

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    by Troy BishoppPETERBORO, NY We really enjoy

    showing everyone around the farm andseeing the positive effects of a pasture-based farming system, said a welcom-ing Steven Weaver from Weaver FamilyFarm to 40 farmers traveling fromRochester to Boonville to attend theNew York Northeast Organic FarmingAssociations field day. According toBethany Wallis, Organic Dairy Educa-tion Coordinator for NOFA-NY, Thesemeetings provide a venue to shareknowledge among farmers, learn moreabout implementing organic grass-based dairy systems and help build astrong membership from the soil up.

    It was this symbiotic relationship be-tween soil biology, pasture plants andgrazing animals under the watchfulmanagement of the Weaver family thatfolks appreciated delving into. Steven

    began the pasture walk by describingthe goals of the farm: To be economi-cally viable, work as a family and leavethe land better than they found it. Forus, an organic grass-based dairy is thecenterpiece to achieve this goal. Heshowed fellow farmers his grazing mon-itoring chart and pointed out that hisold permanent pastures gave him aconsistent three pounds of milk per cowmore than his 3 year old seedings of or-chardgrass, ryegrass and clover.

    As the group looked for clues on theland for this increase in production, theyfound an active biological soil coupledwith diverse perennial plant mixturesand learned about different grazing tech-niques, including out-wintering, overseeding, intensive grazing (65cows/acre/12 hours) and following upthe herd with horses and poultry. I thinkits a combination of factors from deep

    rooted forbs, earthworm castings feedingplants, rest and the pulsing of the rootsby grazing animals that leads to a suc-cessful pasture system that provides usfeed until Thanksgiving, said Steven.

    The healthy and productive swardswhere complemented by a gateless sys-tem of PVC poles lifting the wire for thecows to walk under into the lane, gravityflow watering to every paddock and avery successful homemade sticky cow tocatch face flies. Steven also gave a tour ofhis milking parlor and bedded pack barnwhich is crucial to nutrient retention inthe winter and overall herd health. Hedescribed his many strategies in usingbedding materials, adjusting air flowwith barn curtains and learning aboutthe nuances of composting which he

    said, is a real art.The day was highlighted by fellowship

    surrounding a smorgasbord of localfood made by the Peterboro Amish com-munity, cheese and milk from OrganicValley Family of Farms topped off with acornucopia of pie choices and ice-cream(of course) to benefit the Siloam SpringsSchool.

    This pasture walk was supported byNew York State Grazing Lands Conser-vation Initiative, Organic Valley and theMadison County Soil and Water Con-servation District. To learn more aboutNOFA-NY Inc.s upcoming events andorganic certification, go on-line or contact BethanyWallis, Organic Dairy Education Coor-dinator at 585-271-1979.

    NOFA-NY brings farmers to the pasture

    Bethany Wallis, Organic Dairy Education Coordinator and Jeff Zimmer, Organic ValleyCooperative Dairy Farmer from LaFargeville, NY in the Weavers pasture overlookingOneida Lake.

    Photos by Troy Bishopp

    Homemade pasture sticky fly catcher positioned next to water tub.

    The demand for locally raised meatsand livestock products continues togrow. Strategic and specific marketingefforts can help you take full advantageof the local foods market. If you want tosharpen and focus your marketingskills or just dont know where to begindeveloping a marketing plan, CornellCooperative Extension can help!

    Cornell Cooperative Extension hasdeveloped a series of workshops that willteach the basics of strategic marketing,including how to identify a target marketand focus your farms marketing efforts.You will also learn how to choose themarkets that meet the needs of yourfarm, such as CSA, farmers market andwholesale. Each participant will developcomponents of a marketing plan andcreate marketing materials.

    While this series is tailored specifical-ly to the marketing of meats and other

    livestock products, it will benefit anyfarm looking to improve their marketingefforts.

    The series costs $10 per farm (up totwo people) per session or $30 for theseries (Not all sites will host a fourthsession). For more information, contactthe Cornell Cooperative Extension of-fices listed below, or you can also con-tact Matthew LeRoux, CCE- TompkinsCounty, 607-272-2292 or by e-mail [email protected]

    Dates and Times: Each session runsfrom 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept.15, 22, and 29 with an optional follow-up session at each location (datevaries).

    Session 1, Sept. 15: Introduction toStrategic Marketing: Identifying a Tar-get Market

    Session 2, Sept. 22: Communicatingwith Customers

    Session 3, Sept. 29: A Guide to Mar-keting Channel Selection

    Optional Session 4, date varies by lo-cation: Review and Critique of YourMarketing Materials

    This workshop series will be offeredby Cornell Cooperative Extension at lo-cations around NY. Pre-registration isrequired:

    1. CCE Oswego County, 3288 MainStreet, Mexico NY 13114. Registrationcontact: 315-963-7286 or e-mail Shaw-na Leigh at [email protected]

    2. CCE Sullivan County, Gerald JSkoda Extension Education Center, 64Ferndale Loomis Road, Liberty, NY12754. Registration contact: TrishWestenbroek 845-292-6180 or e-mailat [email protected]

    3. CCE Broome & Chenango Coun-ties. Classes held at: 840 Upper FrontSt, Binghamton. 2nd Fl. Cutler House.

    Registration contact: Laura Biasillo607-772-8953 or e-mail at [email protected]

    4. CCE Wayne, 1581 State Route 88N, Newark. Registration contact: JudyGlann at 315-331-8415 x 117 [email protected]

    5. CCE Chautauqua County, classesheld at: Park United Methodist Church,49 Sinclair Drive, Sinclairville, NY. Reg-istration contact: 716-664-9502 Ext.202 or e-mail Ginny [email protected]

    6. CCE Oneida County, 121 SecondSt. Oriskany, NY 13142 Registrationcontact: 315-736-3394 ext. 132 or e-mail [email protected]

    7. CCE Wyoming County, 401 NorthMain Street, Warsaw, NY 14569. Regis-tration contact: Jen Carges, 585-786-2251, ext. 124 or e-mail [email protected]

    Strategic Marketing Workshops for Livestock Producers in seven counties around New York State

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    ALBANY, NY New York Farm Bu-reau is encouraging individuals inter-ested in supporting the Tropical StormIrene relief effort to contribute to organ-izations such as New York FarmNet, theSchoharie County Community ActionProgram, and the American Red Crossof Northeastern New York.

    During this past week, New YorkFarm Bureau has been working non-stop with the New York State Depart-ment of Agriculture and Markets, theGovernors Office, Cooperative Exten-

    sion, and various emergency responseagencies, to assess needs, share infor-mation, and coordinate assistance tofarmers and rural areas hardest hit bythe devastating impacts of the storm. Inaddition, Farm Bureau has receivedcountless calls and e-mails from con-cerned citizens interested in helpingfarmers get back on their feet, said DeanNorton, president of New York Farm Bu-reau. We deeply appreciate the outpour-ing of support fo