Grass-fed livestock health and pasture management

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A livestock producers’ field day taught best practices for livestock health and ways to minimize antibiotic use as well as pasture and weed management. The field day called “Farm Case Studies, Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing” was held at Windmist in Jamestown, RI as part of a 3-year Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) “Grass-fed All Year Long” grant awarded to UConn, UMass and URI. [Read more…]

Rodes family embraces precision ag technology, the latest in their long line of innovations

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PORT REPUBLIC, VA — The Rodes family at Rivehill Farms have long embraced innovation on their dairy and turkey operation.

Years ago, the Rodes incorporated a dragline and tractor-driven manure spoon as a way to spread liquid dairy manure on their crop fields. They would hook up the dragline at hydrants attached to underground hard pipes connected to the lagoon. [Read more…]

All about Dorper sheep

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Dorper breeds were developed in the 1930s and ‘40s, and were officially recognized in South Africa in 1946. The fast-growing, well-muscled Dorpers are a cross between Horned Dorset rams and Blackhead Persian ewes. Dorper Sheep are typically docile and require minimal labor to manage. [Read more…]

Raising turkeys provides another avenue for income at Glastenbury Dairy

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Mike Cole of Glastenbury Farm hasn’t always raised turkeys. They are a fairly new addition to his family’s Canajoharie dairy farm.

“We’ve been raising turkeys for 3 years,” Cole said. “It just seemed like there was a market there for them and now people want to buy local so they know who they are getting their food from.”

Cole buys the turkeys locally as hatchlings and raises them up to market as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. [Read more…]