Dealing with animal rights activists ~ Part 3

Part 3: how not to hire an activist plant

by Sally Colby

It’s no secret that animal activists are trying to access farms for the purpose of gaining video or photographs of animal abuse. Although cases of true abuse do exist, in many cases, the activist who makes his way onto a working farm is there to create the illusion of abuse through video or still photos. It’s important for farm employers to be cautious in hiring to protect themselves, their good name, and their animals.

“They’re very shrewd about getting hired,” said Kay Johnson-Smith, president and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Many will say that they have farm experience, so when they tell you they have worked on farms, they have. They go from farm to farm or region to region around the country. If they worked on a farm in Nebraska today, six months from today, they’re going to show up trying to get hired on a farm in New York.” [Read more…]

Watch, ask and learn

CW-MR-3-Swine8024qby Sally Colby

As consumers learn more about modern agricultural production, they’re also asking questions about how livestock are raised. Many farmers have opened their doors to the non-ag public to show them what’s inside the barn and how daily operations take place, but the biosecurity that’s essential for swine and poultry operations disallows that.

Some consumers have an opportunity to see livestock, including swine and poultry, at fairs, but those animals aren’t in their normal setting and it’s hard for people to relate to the production side. The goal of an ag display is to show people where food comes from; that it doesn’t just show up on a grocery shelf, and that there are people devoted to taking care of these animals. But what’s the best way to accomplish that? [Read more…]

Conn. vegetable and small fruit growers conference

CN-MR-2-CT-vegetable-and11by George Looby

On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 vegetable and small fruit growers from the state and beyond gathered at Maneeley’s Conference Center in South Windsor, CT for their annual conference. Mary Concklin from the UConn Extension Center acted as moderator for the morning session. Jatinder Aulakh, Weed Scientist from the CT. Agricultural Experiment Station welcomed the attendees to the conference. With 266 in the audience this annual conference was well attended again this year and were treated to a variety of topics. [Read more…]

The Thurmont sale: The New Year’s Day tradition

by Hope Holland

Between the dips of the economy and the new-wave attitude that horses are no longer livestock but pets the good old horse auction has almost vanished from the agricultural scene. However, RSD Horse Auctions, LLC is proving to be the exception every first Friday of the month. This small community could not be better suited to the agricultural purpose of the sale with neighboring Pennsylvania barely 15 minutes north up Route 15 from Thurmont and West Virginia and Virginia easily less than an hour to the south along the same road. [Read more…]

Feeding your horse naturally, part 2

by Paul Burdziakowski

In part 1 of feeding your horse naturally, holistic horse expert, Dr. Harman covered the basics of proper nutrition. The cornerstone of optimal nutrition comes from six main classes of nutrients including water, fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. In order to get these six nutrients in the horses diet Dr. Harman offered some basic guidelines to follow. [Read more…]