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November 17, 2013

Farm briefs: Nov. 17, 2013

Farm-transfer workshop set for Chazy

CHAZY — Farmers interested in transferring their farm to the next generation or another buyer will have the opportunity to learn from succession and estate planners at workshops organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

Registration is open for the workshop, which will be Dec. 12 at Miner Institute, 962-4810, Ext. 409.

Presenters at the 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. session includes Farm Credit consultants Dan Galusha and Bill Zweigbaum, Business and Succession Planning Coordinator Dan Welch from NY FarmNet, and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) farm business management specialists.

The workshop agenda will focus on farm-transfer considerations and pitfalls, retirement and estate-planning options, tax and Medicare considerations, how to establish equity and respectful listening and discussion in family meetings.

The workshop fee is $50 including lunch and materials and $25 for additional participants from the same farm. CCE organizers encourage both junior and senior generations to attend.

Research for parasite-control options

PLATTSBURGH — Seventy-three percent of 273 sheep and goat farmers responding to a Cornell survey recently indicated problems with barber pole worm, a major cause of death in small livestock. To help producers, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is funding research into alternative methods for controlling the widespread parasite of sheep and goats. Results of the research will be shared at a series of meetings across the region Dec. 3-5.

The Cornell Sheep and Goat Program with Dr. Michael Thonney and Dr. Tatiana Stanton and the Cornell Veterinary Parasitology Lab with Dr. Dwight Bowman and Janice Liotta are working in coordination with Northern New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Regional Livestock Team Leader Betsy Hodge and small-livestock producers to evaluate promising alternative methods for controlling barber pole worm and other internal parasites in sheep and goats.

“Barber pole worm is widespread throughout our regional grazing pastures and particularly flourishes under wet and warm conditions as were prevalent throughout the summer of 2013,” Hodge said. “Many North Country sheep and goat farmers already report barber pole parasite resistance to multiple deworming medications.”

Project results will be shared at Northern New York Fall Sheep and Goat Week meetings to be held Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m., at the 911 Emergency Building in Malone, 483-7403; and Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County office in Plattsburgh, 561-7450.

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