The 42nd Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

CN-MR-38-3-Sheep-and-woolcraft7411by Laura Rodley

The four Hs in 4-H stand for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-Hers that exhibited at the 42nd annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair also learned kindness and patience. 4-H is geared for children age six through 18. Three-year-old Asa Johnson of Owl Ridge Farm in New Braintree, MA was too young to compete, but wanted to help Georgianna Springstube of West Stockbridge, MA exhibit her Shetland lamb ewe in the junior ewe class. [Read more…]

Manufacturing in NYS to get helping hand from Congress

CW-GO-MR-3-Candellas3by Pat Malin
MARCY, NY — Whether New Yorkers have manufactured cheese, guns and ammunition, air conditioners, automobiles and quality wines or put up skyscrapers during the last century, their talents and inventiveness helped fashion New York’s reputation as “The Empire State.”

That image has faded over the last few decades as manufacturing jobs slowly diminished, manufacturers faced increased competition from cheap imports or production facilities moved overseas in search of reduced labor costs. [Read more…]

Comment period extended for proposed changes

CM-MR-56-2-Organic-livestock2by Tamara Scully

Proposed changes to the National Organic Program Livestock and Poultry Practices are open for a recently extended comment period, which now closes on July 13, 2016. There are new revisions covering animal welfare and health practices, requirements for outdoor access and living standards for mammals as well as poultry, and new regulations for transport and slaughter. Anyone involved in organic production is encouraged to understand the new proposals, and to provide comments for consideration. [Read more…]

Umbilical hernia repair in calves: the sooner the better

CEW-MR-16-2-Umbilical-hernia1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“You really want to get this taken care of as soon as possible,” commented Midvale Veterinarian Lisa Tobler. She was referring to calf hernia repair surgery and was prepping a two-month-old heifer calf in the field. Assisting Tobler were two other Midvale veterinarians, Jill Greisman, D.V.M. and new comer to the large animal clinic, Jessie Bolster, D.V.M. “You can’t wait until much after four months,” Tobler said. “Two months is good.” [Read more…]