PhD student focuses on sheep research

CE-MR-2-Sheep-research113by Sally Colby

Sheep producers are accustomed to having a species that isn’t well-funded when it comes to research. Producers are pretty much on their own when it comes to learning anything new about sheep health, reproduction or other aspects of husbandry. [Read more…]

Wright’s Dairy Farm: Serving customers for 100 years and counting

CN-MR-58-3-Wrights-Dairy6416by Kristen M. Castrataro

Walking into the farm store at Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, RI, you might think success comes easily. Gorgeously decorated cakes beckon, surrounded by shiny floor-to-ceiling glass refrigerators. A visit with sisters Ellen Wright Puccetti and Elizabeth Wright Dulude would quickly dissuade you of that illusion. [Read more…]

Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Family is hip at Hip Hops Farm

CE-MR-1-Hip-Hops-Farm569by Lindsay Owens

BROOKFIELD, NY — When Loren Corbin decided to retire, his family wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored. His wife, Doreen, was concerned he would go stir crazy and drive her…well, crazy.

Their son Andrew answered the call with a bold idea: to transform part of their grandparents’ dairy farm in Brookfield, NY into a hop yard. Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each year to build and improve their operation with dad Loren driving much of the mowing and tending of hops. Andrew, an environmental engineer, said, “I couldn’t let my father collect dust… he hasn’t.” [Read more…]

Creating the obedient horse

CW-MR-1-Obedient-horse7by Marilyn Munzert

We all want a horse that listens to us and obeys our every command. When you are schooling him, is your horse alert to your cues, and eager to follow them? Does he seem almost able to read your mind? [Read more…]