Farm Briefs

May 11, 2014

Farm briefs: May 11, 2014

Swine Night to be held in Jay

JAY — Ward Lumber will be hosting a free educational seminar titled Swine Night at their Jay store location on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone who is interested in raising pigs.

Topics include Swine Nutrition 101; Feeds and Feed Highlights; Pasture Raised Pork; Common Diseases; Feed Prices; and Feed Your Pigs Right ... So You Eat Right.

The guest speaker is Andrew Beals, technical manager for Poulin Grain Specialty Feeds. He has had a life-long involvement with pigs, horses, sheep and poultry. His B.S. Degree in Agriculture from the University of Vermont focused on Nutrition, Economics, and Plant and Soil Science. Danielle Mosher, animal nutrition specialist from Poulin Grain, will also be available to answer questions.

For more information and to register, go to or call Kim at 946-2110, Ext. 120.

Comprehensive variety trial rates silage 

CHAZY — Cornell University research has shown that tall fescue silage used in a well-balanced dairy ration can produce as much milk per cow as alfalfa silage. With northern New York cropland suited to the production of the cool-season grass, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has funded a 40-variety trial, the most comprehensive tall fescue variety trial in the U.S.

The results of the trials, evaluated by Cornell Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Jerry H. Cherney, are now available at

Tall fescue is typically lower in crude protein than other grasses with the exception of timothy, but is similar in fiber concentration and quality making it suitable for inclusion in dairy cow rations.

The trial, planted at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, included five Novel endophyte versions of some varieties. These varieties have a “friendly” fungus that gives the plants added vigor. The variety trials provided insight as to whether the extra cost to Northern New York farmers of the Novel variety seed would be warranted by return on investment in yield and quality compared to endophyte-free varieties.

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