Turnout impressive for annual 4-H horse show

NEW HAVEN, CT — Nearly 100 competitors from 20 Vermont 4-H clubs participated in the annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show, held July 7-10 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sponsored the event, which included a division for youths without horses. All participants took part in quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests while 4-H’ers with horses competed in the 4-H Division and also were evaluated in fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes. [Read more…]

American Mustang Makeover

CM-MR-42-2-American-Mustang1by Hope Holland

In the early years of the westward expansion the mustang was considered an asset. Being able to get a wild horse and make it a working horse with only the expenditure of time (and bruises) was the making of some western men’s fortunes. With the addition of the U.S. Cavalry’s remount stallions (an upgrading program for the native bred mustangs) in the late 1800’s, the mustangs received an improvement in their general appearance and usability. [Read more…]

55th Maryland Dairy Princess crowned

CM-RP-25-1-MD-Dairy-PrincessFREDERICK, MD — Mackenzie Underwood’s wish came true when she was crowned the 55th Maryland Dairy Princess. “I feel good about it. It feels good to bring this back to Cecil County,” she said of her new title. The last time a state dairy princess hailed from Cecil County was in 1970. Her aunt is also a past dairy princess, and Underwood said she is happy to follow in her footsteps, spending the next year promoting dairy products to consumers. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]

Seventeen breeds of sheep represented at 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show

CN-MR-43-3-NEYSS-sheep-sho1w4616by Paul Burdziakowski

The 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) and the New England Private Treaty Sale took place July 14-17 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day event, which featured New England youths practicing their sheep showmanship skills and top breeders selling various breeds of sheep. [Read more…]