Going to the dogs

CN-MR-32-2-Sheepherding-Demo1632by Kristen M. Castrataro

The Scottish Highlander Festival held in June at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond, RI had a rainy start, but that didn’t thwart Sylvia Murray or her Border Collies, Fern and Tessie. They were as eager to demonstrate the art of sheepherding as if the sun had been shining brightly.

A regular fixture at the Festival, Sylvia provides information about Border Collie temperament, sheepherding history and sheep psychology. Her two dogs are ideal candidates for demonstrations because they behave very differently and show two distinct methods of working sheep. [Read more…]

Lanphear Family Farm wins top dairy award

CN-RP-22-1-VT-dairy-farm-of-th1e-year-familyHYDE PARK, VT — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, has been named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program to an exemplary Vermont dairy farm. This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics. [Read more…]

Potomac Horse Fever detected in Maryland: Horse owners encouraged to monitor horses

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in two Maryland horses, one of which has died from the disease. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging horse owners – especially those with horses that graze near rivers, streams and creeks – to watch their horses closely for signs of the disease. Clinical signs include mild to severe fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, laminitis and mild colic. Potomac Horse Fever is most commonly contracted by horses that ingest infected aquatic insects such as caddisflies and mayflies. [Read more…]

Agri-Science student’s organic shiitakes

CN-MR-22-1-Agri-science-student19451by Lorraine Strenkowski

Fourteen-year-old Ben Stankoski of Colchester CT, has been working on his grandmother’s farm ever since he can remember. For owners of Maggie’s Farm, Carol Brzozowy and her partner of 30 years, Jim Peppin, organic farming is a way of life. Ben brought awareness of his family’s produce to his school, the Regional Agricultural Science and Technology Center in Lebanon, where the farm is located. [Read more…]

People’s choice

CN-42-3-People's-choice89210by Laura Rodley

Farming resembles a square dance called people’s choice, swiftly changing partners according to the directions of the caller. Sometimes you have to let go of one your partners and go on by. Such was the case with Hager Brothers Farm. They used to be a dairy, but they let go of their dairy cows and switched to beef to sell at their busy roadside Hager’s Farm Market. [Read more…]