Six Ways to Slow Horse Feed Intake

cn-ms-mr-52-2-six-ways-to-slow-7170by Tamara Scully

Problem horse behaviors, as well as some medical conditions, can be vastly improved by increasing the time a horse spends feeding. With today’s emphasis on natural horse care, many owners are realizing that it is best for horses to spend longer eating than is common in many barns and pastures today.

Feral horses spend 12-18 hours per day grazing pasture, and these wild horses don’t show the behavior problems commonly seen in domesticated horses. [Read more…]

Vermont 4-H’ers win big at “Big E” Dairy Show

cn-rp-26-2-eastern-states-expo-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Thirty Vermont 4-H club members competed at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, MA, Sept. 15-18, walking away with several championships.

They took part in both fitting and showmanship classes in which they are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal and in conformation classes where the animal is evaluated on body condition and appearance. [Read more…]

Maple Lane Farms: a full-service enterprise

cn-mr-54-2-maple-lane-farms-6578by Kristen M. Castrataro

In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, Stanley Higgins bought a farm in Charleston, Maine for the sum of $1,500. Today, Maple Lane Farms is run by Higgin’s grandson, Barry, and Barry’s son and daughter. It is home to a 130-head dairy operation, a state-of-the-art slaughter and smoking facility, and Central Maine Team Penning. [Read more…]

Lucky B Farms

cn-mr-33-3-lucky-b-farm-oxen-useby Laura Rodley
The chickens at Lucky B Farm lay their eggs according to the sun’s schedule. At peak season in summer, they lay 12 to 15 dozen a day. Right now as the sun sets lower in the sky earlier at night, they are laying three dozen eggs a day. As their laying schedule is determined solely by natural light, there are no lights kept on in their shed at night.

“I like my birds to be natural,” said farm owner Dennis Bruffee, best known as Denny. He bought the farm in 1984. [Read more…]

Family Farm Days promote agritourism

ce-mr-4-family-farm-days12by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Agritourism is becoming more and more popular, with more farms opening their doors to the public, inviting folks in to see how things work on their farms and to be educated and entertained. [Read more…]