Sponsorship efforts produce $7,500 in prizes at Massachusetts Quarter Horse Show

CN-38-3-MQHA-horse-show4508-1copyby Paul Burdziakowski 

The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) held their annual show May 19-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day show, which featured competitive riders and their American Quarter Horse breeds competing in a full slate of classes and plenty of prizes up for grabs.

Northampton, MA has been the site of the MQHA spring show since it first started but due to a scheduling conflict this year they had to find a new home and new dates. [Read more…]

Don’t grind up your profit

CM-BF-MR-3-DON'T-GRIND-UP-cop1yby Michael Wren         

SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell University are known for the part they play in educating those willing to learn. This is why Betsy Jensen, Meat Laboratory manager at SUNY Cobleskill and MacKenzie Waro of the Cornell Cooperative Extension program Harvest New York, joined forces and put on their first Beef Cutting Workshop recently. [Read more…]

RI Mushroom Co.: “Growers and purveyors of exotic mushrooms”

CN-MR-57-3-RI-Mushroom2by Kristen M. Castrataro

Growing in a damp forest understory, emerging from the sides of stately trees, or showing up in brilliant colors on the side of a walking trail, mushrooms are a miracle. Their colors, shapes, and sizes are almost as limitless as their flavors. Golden Oysters brighten the palate, tasting as sunny as they look. Blue Oysters are subtle and mild, a mushroom for people who think they dislike mushrooms. For the best in these, and so much more, the RI Mushroom Company in South Kingstown, RI is the place to go. [Read more…]

Symphony in the sward

CE-MR-44-4-Sward-by-Bishopp-3cby Troy Bishopp

At this time of year many in agriculture are so busy with fieldwork they “can’t see the pasture for the plants” or “the forest for the trees.” However, 20 farmers from Central New York gave pause on a spectacular spring evening to linger with a seasoned “bird whisperer” in an open-air symphony surrounded by an amphitheater of working grasslands and cattle. [Read more…]

Field day showcases demonstration project to measure the benefits of non-toxic fescue

CM-59-3-Fescue-field-day2by Karl H. Kazaks

WEYERS CAVE, VA – In northeastern Augusta County, adjacent to the sinuous Middle River, a long, straight fence line splits a field at Bud Shaver’s Lucky Charm Farms. On either side of the fence you find similar topography and cattle of similar genetics.

Fescue grows on both sides of the fence, thick and green. On one side of the fence, the cattle are grouped together, not moving much, not grazing. The fescue on that side of the fence shows signs of uneven grazing. [Read more…]