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Another Generation at Engelbert Farms Owned and Operated by the Engelbert Family, Nichols, NY

Another Generation at Engelbert Farms Owned and Operated by the Engelbert Family, Nichols, NY

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

At Engelbert Farms, seventh generation New York farmers - brothers Joe and John Engelbert - have taken over operations from their parents, Kevin and Lisa. Unlike many such transitions, this one was harmonious. Older brother Kris, who chose not to return to the dairy permanently, continues to live nearby and help out as needed, and was onboard with the transition, too. The reasons for this successful passing of the torch? Mutual respect, reality-based financial expectations, and a heartfelt desire for the family’s dairy farming tradition to profitably continue into the future were the foundation upon which this transitional plan was built.

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posted to Featured Farms on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

The 24th Annual NODPA Field Days: Demystifying Succession Planning for Organic Dairy Farms, September 26 & 27, 2024

The 24th Annual NODPA Field Days: Demystifying Succession Planning for Organic Dairy Farms, September 26 & 27, 2024

Nichols Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 106 W. River Road, Nichols, NY 13812

The 24th Annual NODPA Field Days is fast approaching and we hope everyone will find the time to attend for both days because we have an excellent and very relevant educational program and two farm tours. This year, the NODPA Field Days focuses on demystifying the succession planning process for organic dairy farms. Register here! While there are any number of different webinars, workshops and presentation on farm transfer, none approach the challenge from an organic dairy perspective. A few examples raised by producers are:

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posted to Field Days on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Effective Succession Planning for Dairy Farms

Effective Succession Planning for Dairy Farms

By Ted LeBow, Co-CEO, and Evan Driscoll, Business Consultant, Kitchen Table Consultants

Many of the dairy farms we work with are family businesses. There are two core components to a family business: Family and Business. For many of our clients, the mixing of these two ingredients brings a great richness to their lives, spending many hours in the day together as a family, running and operating their dairy businesses. Sometimes, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren will all be actively involved in the daily operations. This dynamic often leads to a key decision point: Are you a family-first business or a business-first family? These phrases explore the priority setting between focusing on the needs and interests of the family versus the demands and goals of the business, which is a crucial balance to maintain for familial harmony and business success.

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posted to Field Days on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

H5N1 on Dairy Farms: Know it, understand it but don’t panic

H5N1 on Dairy Farms: Know it, understand it but don’t panic

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

H5N1 is one of several influenza viruses that cause a highly infectious respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or "bird flu"). Since 2022, there have been increasing reports of deadly outbreaks among mammals also caused by influenza A(H5) – including influenza A(H5N1) – viruses. Both land and sea mammals have been affected, including outbreaks in farmed fur animals, seals, sea lions, and detections in other wild and domestic animals such as foxes, bears, otters, raccoons, cats, dogs, cows, goats and others.

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posted to Organic Production on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Ask the Vet: Introducing New Veterinary Voices

Ask the Vet: Introducing New Veterinary Voices

By Dayna Locitzer, DVM

Dear Ask the Vet readers, thank you so much for reading this column! It has been so wonderful to hear your feedback and suggestions. This column is for you, so I hope it continues to serve your needs. This month's column is written by Dr. Alex Schaff, who is a new Associate at Midstate Veterinary Services in Cortland, NY.

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posted to Organic Production on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Ask the Vet, July, 2024: Holistic Approaches for Treating Metritis in Cows

By Alex Schaff, DVM, Midstate Veterinary Services, Cortland NY

My dad’s a tool guy. For any project, he always has the tools needed and the skills to know how to use them. Beyond the Dewalt and the Black & Decker, my dad also collects tools from a bygone era–hand tools with unique curves and mechanisms for specific jobs that have become obsolete as a result of multipurpose power tools. However, he doesn’t just collect these tools, he also has collected knowledge of older ways that often solve issues like no power tool can.

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posted to Organic Production on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

Final Rule for Electronic Ear Tags for Cattle

Final Rule for Electronic Ear Tags for Cattle

Compiled by Ed Maltby

Producers shipping dairy cattle and other types of cattle and bison across state lines might have to use electronic identification (EID or RFID) tags if a final rule developed by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) becomes effective. This Final Rule moves APHIS guidance from voluntary use of electronic ear tags to mandatory use under the same conditions that were under voluntary guidance.

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posted to Industry News on Sat, Jul 13, 2024

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