Edited press release
Farm managers in New York have banded together and are looking for ways to foster a new organization.
The New York Farm Managers Association held its inaugural meeting June 22 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Ballston Spa, N.Y., not far from Saratoga Springs. The meeting was well attended by farm managers, horse owners, and other parties interested in lending their support and ideas.
During the meeting, Linda Caveney, a veterinary technician who heads up biosecurity at the Cornell Veterinary School Animal Hospital, covered biosecurity measures on horse farms, while Dr. Hoyt Cheramie, a veterinarian on staff at Merial, gave a comprehensive presentation on vaccination protocols.
Sue Vitro, who organized the New York Farm Managers Association, said it was created to provide a combination of educational and networking opportunities to increase the skills, knowledge, and efficiency of New York horse farms. The meeting was supported by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, whose equine coordinator, Fiona Farrell, gave an overview of the services available to horse farms.
The organization plans its next meeting for the fall, and members are working on a directory of farms and farm-related services for next year.