Keith Tuck increases profitability with managed grazing

CM-MR-2-Keith Tuck 1by Karl H. Kazaks
MONETA, VA — The forecast was predicting winter weather — a mix of rain, freezing rain, and snow.

Just a few years previously, Keith Tuck would have been girding himself to brave the weather, to go out and spend two hours feeding hay — each and every day until the weather passed, and then continuing each and every day until April, when the grass started to grow again.

This time, Tuck planned to move the temporary electric fence that allows him to strip-graze stockpiled forage (mostly fescue with some clover).

“I can move the fence in 30 minutes by myself,” Tuck said. His plan was to move the fence before the weather hit. [Read more…]

University hosts panel discussion on GMOs in the food system

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby Tamara Scully
The University of Maine at Machias recently held a panel discussion on genetically modified foods, as a part of its ongoing “Food and Community” series of events. Panelists for the discussion were: Maine organic farmer Jim Gerritsen, president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; John Jemison, water quality and soil specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Eric Jones, assistant professor of plant biology at University of Maine at Machias; and Andrei Alyokhin, professor and graduate coordinator with University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology. The panel briefly introduced their views on genetic engineering and its use in our food system, and then answered questions from the audience. [Read more…]

Dream-makers at Equine Affaire

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Approximately 100,000 indulged their love affair with horses during the 16th annual Equine Affaire, promoting equine education, communication, and cooperation between horses and riders and within the industry held in Springfield, MA, Nov. 7 to 10. During clinics, presenters taught people how horses think to create better relationships versus just commanding, kindness being key. President and founder Eugenia Snyder started Equine Affaire in Dayton, Ohio in 1994, still held in London, Ohio. For many, horse-owner or not, horses and everything about them are the fabric of dreams. [Read more…]

Mountain View Farm

CE-COVERby Sally Colby
Mountain View Farm in Mayfield, NY, isn’t one of the largest beef operations in the area, but the Brower family is big on quality.

Mark Brower grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, and Mountain View is part of that farm. They chose White Park cattle to add to their farm.

“When my daughter Amy was eight years old, we were at the Washington County Fair, and she wanted a Jersey calf for 4-H,” said Brower. “We realized that it would be hard to have one Jersey cow on the farm. When we saw this breed at the New York State Fair, my sister wanted to partner with my daughter to buy one, so they did that. They bought more cattle, then my sister got out of it and my son became involved.” Son Mitchell is now 19 and daughter Amy is 22; and although both are currently college students, they’re involved with the cattle whenever possible. [Read more…]

Cream Hill Veal

by Tamara Scully
Dairy farming is a family affair. When an improperly installed milking system almost drove Will Kennedy’s Vermont dairy out of business, the family refused to fold, and re-evaluated their priorities. A return back to Connecticut, where Kennedy’s brother was milking cows, gave them the opportunity to begin again. [Read more…]