Over the last few years the Agriculture industry has been hit by an inquisitive public, something that has never happened in the past. Instead of facing the new change right away, the Agriculture industry stayed quiet, not giving their side a voice and this silence allowed uniformed sources to spread their “truths”.
Now with so much misinformation spread and the facts coming out late, it is hard for consumers to weed out the facts from opinions. This misinformation has caused those who do not understand or know the industry to push the government to step in and do what they believe is needed. Unfortunately, these regulations are not needed and are causing hardship across the Agriculture industry/community. It’s what I tell almost everyone I come into contact with: don’t rely on google, ask a Farmer, ask a processor, ask someone who knows and understands this industry. And in truth, this can be said for all industries.
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Sources are from Purdue University.
The Century Forest Program in Virginia is designed to honor and recognize families who have owned working forestlands for more than 100 years.
Virginia began its Century Farm in 1997 to recognize farms that have been held in the same family for more than 100 years. Nearly two-thirds, or 10 million acres, of Virginia's woodland are controlled by family landowners.
For farms to be part of the Century Forest properties must have been owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years, include at least 20 contagious acres of managed forest, be lived on or managed by a descendant of the original owners, and have a history of timber harvests or forest management activities.
The Century Forest program is made to recognize the importance that the family farm and forest community has on the lives of all Virginians, and the need to retain this land cover and land use to maintain the quality of life.
Timber and farmland both have a pride in their agricultural and forest heritage. The program encourages people to keep land in production and to show the generations that have been involved.
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Dairy experts want farmers to be reminded of the proper care of baby calves to unexpected early winter snow.
The webinar dealt with cold-weather nutritional needs, how to keep calves fed and growing, health concerns when temperature drop, and keeping animals clean and dry at calving and beyond.
Three pillars of good calf health are reducing pathogen exposure, controlling environment stress and resisting disease through good nutrition. To prevent disease you have to provide good nutrition.
Farm should also be well-ventilated. To have good ventilation in farms use straw bedding, 4 to 6 inches deep, instead if sawdust, and keeping areas free of wetness and mud. Calves tend to nestle down into things during the winter and that is why it is important to keep clean. Disinfectants are important for good hygiene, but it won't be affected if dirt and organic matter aren't removed first. The usefulness of disinfectants may depend on temperature, concentration and the hardness of water used to mix chemicals.
Using antibiotics depends on the severity of a case and if the infection is systemic. For example, Pneumonia are low blood selenium, poor ventilation, airborne allergens, improper tube feeding, large nipple holes or hot BRSV (bovine respiratory syncytial virus) infections in freshening heifers.
Here are tips from experience farmers:
• Feed higher-quality hay with more energy and expect cows to increase intake. Without a forage analysis, producers cannot be exactly sure of their hay’s energy level, which can lead to inadequate nutrition.
• Consider moving cows to locations that protect them from wind and wet weather. The energy requirement of beef cattle increases about 3 percent for each degree the wind chill is below 59 degrees. This increases even further in wet conditions and prior to fully developing a winter hair coat.
• Match animal nutrition requirements to the forage quality. Heifers and thin cows require a more energy-dense diet in comparison to older or fleshy cows. Sorting animals into groups based on body condition allows farmers to feed the available forage more effectively.
Start by targeting higher-quality, more immature forages to heifers and thin cows. These earlier-harvested forages will be the most energy dense as energy declines considerably with maturity.
The older and higher-body-condition cows can then be fed slightly more mature forage. This allows farms to maximize forage supply while targeting the nutritional needs of the entire herd.
• Feed 3-6 pounds of energy supplements such as soy hulls, corn gluten feed or corn to avoid weight loss during stressful periods. To read into more detail tips please Click here or comment here
This article is about the safety of lighting on farm vehicles to help prevent on the road accidents. A study in the Midwest showed that if states in the region all created laws for farm equipment to follow ASABE standards for lighting on equipment, accidents while on the road could be reduced by 60%. States that already require farms to follow close to these guidelines show less accidents than the state that are more lax. Although the study was only done in the Midwest I believe lighting, and marking standards across all states could help prevent accidents involving equipment and vehicles. To the article click here.