Jeff and Alexis Cone of River Plain Dairy in Lebanon, CT, recently hosted New England Patriot Devon McCourty and the New England Dairy and Food Council (NEDFC),, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program started by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the USDA. McCourty, also known affectionately as “DMac,” is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador and is nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. [Read more…]
WOODBURY, CT — At the State FFA Conference held June 4 at Suffield High School, Woodbury FFA’s state winning Dairy Judging team members were recognized for their first place state championship team accomplishments as well as their individual placing within the state. [Read more…]
The dairy industry — or at least the small family dairy farm — is struggling. With production costing more than the milk check, holding onto the farm is difficult. Some have turned to automatic milking systems and other automation to cut labor costs, help keep older generations on the farm, and interest younger generations in continuing to dairy. Others have sought refuge in the increasing demands for organic production, higher milk fat and protein components, 100 percent grass-fed milk, or A2 milk. [Read more…]
June 18 dawned sunny and hot at Plum Creek Farm in Littlestown, PA for the Carrollton Hounds Spook Proofing Clinic. There were balloons on poles of the parallel jump fences that were set up to be a walk-through obstacle, a giant Nemo the fish balloon on the top rail of the fence by the chicken pen and a bubble machine floating large bubbles into the air at a good rate while waiting for the clinic participants to arrive at the final field of obstacles. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Without fail, flies arrive with summer heat and increased grazing time. Controlling flies is a common management issue among farmers, especially organic farmers who have fewer options for control. In a webinar hosted by eExtension and eOrganic, Roger Moon, Ph.D. and Brad Heins, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, discuss two control options that were researched at the university through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative.
Before a method of control can be established, you have to know your enemies. Flies originate from different places and cause specific problems. When asked to name flies, most people first list mosquitoes, horse flies, black flies and biting gnats. [Read more…]