Steuben County farmer sets sight on year-round grazing

CW-MR-3-Steuben-Cty-walk311by Troy Bishopp

LINDLEY, NY — Is year-round grazing possible in the rugged hill country of Steuben County? John Burns thinks so and is putting a lot of planning and effort to do so. John along with wife, Anne, and their children get this optimism from using a technique known as mob grazing. “We see it as a way to be truly profitable and environmentally friendly at the same time,” said Burns. [Read more…]

New England Juniors shine at National Holstein Convention

CN-MR-1-HOLSEIN-CON011by Erin Norris

This past June 13 New England Juniors traveled to the National Holstein Convention in St. Charles, IL. The National Holstein Convention takes place every year in different states around the country. The New England Junior delegation was selected last October at the New [Read more…]

Keewaydin Farm in Stowe named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year

CN-DY-1-VT-DAIRY-FOY_011by Lisa Halvorsen, Freelance agricultural journalist for University of Vermont Extension

Keewaydin Farm, on the outskirts of Stowe village, looks like a typical Vermont dairy farm. Its tidy white farmhouse and well-maintained barns and silos suggest a farm rooted in tradition.

But owners Les and Claire Pike are quick to embrace innovation, being among the first in the state to adopt the latest technology on their 141-head registered Jersey farm. They’re also passionate about their animals, their land and keeping their farm viable for the next generation, all reasons why this farm was selected as the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. [Read more…]