The Cayuga County 4-H Dairy Show took place at the Remember the Big Six Picnic & 4-H Youth Fair event, which was held at the Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph Karpinski Educational Center on Route 38A, Auburn. A total of 31 Cayuga County 4-H members participated in this show. Continue reading
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
There was something for everyone at the 4th annual Herkimer County Family Day at the Farm on Aug. 24.
Children of all ages participated in pedal tractor races, sack races, egg and spoon races, Hula-Hoop contests and tug-of-war contests. Farrier demonstrations, many different vendors, and a cow-milking contest drew large audiences and everyone was delighted to test the varieties of milk shakes for the milk shake contest.
The event, which was hosted by Raycliff Quarter Horse Farm’s Ray Hulten and Judy Mijares with help from the town of Manheim, Herkimer County Dairy Promotion, Herkimer County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County, attracted a large crowd — even though it had been moved from October to August.
“We just had to get out of that cold wet weather,” said Hulten, who has been hosting the county event for the past four years.
The free family event attracts Amish as well as “English” and Hulten says he likes the idea of the two groups mingling and relaxing together. Continue reading
by Sanne Kure-Jensen
The Washington County Fair educates young people, builds their confidence and teaches leadership skills through the various 4-H, FFA, and Scout programs and competitions. Livestock competition classes included sheep, beef, dairy, goat, rabbit and poultry. A dog show was held on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Many successful livestock competitors go on to the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) held each September in West Springfield, MA. Learn more on this event at www.thebige.com/fair Continue reading
by Tamara Scully
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture recently hosted a field day, designed to introduce area farmers to the use of forested riparian buffers and other conservation practices. The event was held at Forks Farm Market in Orangeville, PA, an 85 acre diverse livestock farm, located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Susan Beal, DVM, ag science advisor and interim farm based education coordinator for PASA, moderated the event, which featured pasture walks, slideshow presentations and group discussions.
Farmers John and Todd Hopkins have been grazing cows on their farm since 1985. After initially running as a cow/calf operation and selling to a sales barn, they realized that making a profit was going to require a change in business planning.
Today, they raise and direct market about 50 head of cattle, 60 hogs, 3500 chicken, several hundred turkey and lambs, all in pastured, rotational grazing systems, both on the home farm, on rented property, and in partnership with other area farmers. The beef and lamb are 100 percent grass-fed, the livestock is pastured year-round, the poultry is out in the fields, free-ranging in large paddocks, and all are moved frequently to fresh pasture, in an intensively managed grazing system which includes silvopasturing practices. Continue reading