Missing/stolen Pinzgauer bull

CN-MR-5-1-Missing-bull1On Saturday July 23, 2016 a Pinzgauer Bull went missing from Harrison, Maine.

It is now assumed he was stolen. Please be on the lookout for him.

He is a 3-year old Registered Pinzgauer bull.

Left Ear Tattoo: PRF 08A. He is halter broke and has been shown. His name is PRF Tiko and he is very friendly.

Tiko weighs about 1,300 lbs, moderate frame. He breaks/dips behind the shoulders.

If you have any information concering Tiko, please contact: Clayton and Kathy Haskell at Pleasant River Farm, 9 Harriet Ave., Windham, Maine 04062, call 217-892-5396 or email: prfpinz@myfairpoint.net . [Read more…]

Association of New England Ox Teamsters, Inc. brings annual event to North Haverhill Fairgrounds

CN-MR-49-3-Assn-NE-Oxen-2by Alice H. Allen

NORTH HAVERHILL, NH — If you were expecting to see a good selection of working oxen you would have hit the jackpot the weekend of July 15 through 18 at the North Haverhill Fairgrounds. All told there were 188 teams entered with the option of participating in 24 classes during that three-day event. In the past participation by 50 to 75 teams was considered respectable. With this 2016 event the bar has been raised for future ox teamster gatherings. [Read more…]

Agri-science schools and the FFA experience

CN-MR-38-2-agri-science-schoolsby Lorraine Strenkowski                

With your farm child already amazingly proficient at chores, field work and animal science; you look toward their future. Choosing a high school can be a difficult decision. Magnet schools, technical schools, performing arts or vocational schools are all valid choices. Is it worth going to an agri-science school when your child is showing great success here on the farm already? [Read more…]

Local dairy farm conserves grassland bird habitat

CN-RP-25-3-Local-dairy-farm3In a first-time partnership effort, Gold Top Dairy Farm of Knox Ridge collaborated with the Somerset and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation Districts this summer to conserve more than 40 acres of active hayland as grassland bird habitat. Gold Top Farm is run by brothers Mike and Greg Ingraham and their wives Jackie and Shirley, Greg’s son, Isaac and employee, Alex Green. The farm, started in 1876 and now on its fourth generation, is an icon in the town of Knox, and consists of 1,400 acres. The Ingrahams milk 400 cows. [Read more…]

Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]