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Reducing Dairy Production Costs Through the Use of Pasture

By Fay Benson / May 6, 2020

The current and future disruption of the dairy industry will require producers to think outside the box and possibly inside the fence. Two dairy enterprises that can benefit the most from pasture are the heifers and cull cows. Raising livestock on pasture can reduce the cost of production for certain groups of dairy animals. Allowing…

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USDA Puts Northeast Organic Dairies at a Disadvantage

By Fay Benson / January 13, 2020

Raising an organic dairy heifer can be costly.  The first year of a dairy heifer’s life has the highest per day costs mainly due to the whole milk fed and labor required for young calves. This fact is the reason why the inaction of the USDA to close a known loophole in the National Organic Program (NOP) has allowed certain dairies to raise their young stock with conventional methods…

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How to Establish Crop Production History for Crop Insurance

By Fay Benson / July 1, 2019

As the government moves away from disaster payments and programs, New York farmers are increasing their reliance on crop insurance to take some of the risk out of their cropping enterprises. During the period between 2007 and 2017, liabilities covered by New York farmers increased by 46% according to the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA)…

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How to Establish Crop Production History for Crop Insurance

By Fay Benson / May 13, 2019

  As the government moves away from disaster payments and programs, New York farmers are increasing their reliance on crop insurance to take some of the risk out of their cropping enterprises. During the period between 2007 and 2017, liabilities covered by New York farmers increased by 46% according to the USDA Risk Management Agency…

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Consider Bedded Pack Barns for Cow Comfort and Manure Management

By Fay Benson / January 14, 2019

Farmers who have used bedded packs were featured at the NY Certified Organic (NYCO) meeting on January 8, 2019. Small dairy farm operators in New York may soon be faced with the prohibition of winter spreading of manure by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. As an option to winter spreading, farmers considering updating barns…

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