Automating the dairy

cm-mr-3-automating-biehl431-copyby Tamara Scully

Brad and Brooke Biehl, and their young children joined his family’s dairy operation and found a way of making it viable for the next generation. The farm consists of 230 acres, with 120 milking, 125 young stock and 25 dry cows in the herd. Biehl, an engineer who has a natural affinity for technology, joined the dairy full-time in 2014, and forged a partnership with AMS Galaxy USA. [Read more…]

The presence of phosphorus

cw-mr-3-presence-of-p-6221by Laura Rodley

Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]

Turkey is a tradition at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm

cn-mr-4-ekonk-hill-turkey-farm3by Kristen M. Castrataro

As Rick Hermonot approaches the pasture, a din arises from the flock of turkeys and geese on the other side. Clucking and squawking, the birds follow him along the fence line. Once he enters the fence, they circle around him and even allow him to cradle them in his arms. Though they are destined for someone’s table, the birds are fearless and content. Welcome to Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. [Read more…]

Forages help manage parasite load

cw-mr-55-1-parasite-load1-copy1by Tamara Scully

“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]