Round three at the 2014 World Percheron Congress

CM-MR-4-WorldPerch 1044by Laura Rodley

The coliseum shook as 11 mare six-horse hitch teams entered the ring on the final night of the 16th World Percheron Congress. Except for the elegance of the horses, their drivers and their carriages, it could have been a scene from the Wild West of yesteryear with the drivers wearing cowboy hats, working the reins hard. However, there was no scruffiness allowed here. The judges looked for not just how well the teams were matched, but also how well they worked together as they chose the World Champion Mare Six-Horse Hitch Team at the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, MA on Saturday, Oct. 11. [Read more…]

Bridgmont Farm

CN-MR-3-Brigmont3728by Laura Rodley

Peter and Mary Montague own Bridgmont Farm, which was started in 1786 by an ancestor, Elisha Bridgman. Peter grew up on Bridgmont Farm located in Westfield, MA and Mary grew up on Fitzgerald’s Farm, which was owned by her father, in nearby Ashfield. At the time, both were dairy farms. [Read more…]

Barefooting and beyond

CN-MR-3-Barefooting7432by Lorraine Strenkowski

Rodney Cone of Lebanon, CT started shoeing horses in 1989. The then 20-year-old apprentice spent three and a half years under the instruction of a mentor before he went off on his own.

It didn’t take long for Cone to become a desired farrier. With the freedom and willingness to take on the extraordinary clients, Cone found himself flying to an account on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), and to an Olympic Champion in Florida at times of competition, along with a myriad of destinations in Connecticut and the East Coast. [Read more…]

Agriscience college and career fair a huge success

CN-MR-1-AgriscienceThe Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair.  The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation. [Read more…]

Midnight Farms

CM-MR-2-Midnight2693by Sally Colby

Ben Warfield has been raising cattle for quite a while, and like many other young cattlemen, he got his start in 4-H. “I started when I was 10,” he said, adding that his father JG is also involved with the Marriottsville, MD cattle operation. “I raised breeding heifers and market steers, and I also had breeding and market hogs and market lambs.”

Raising and exhibiting a variety of livestock paid off well for Ben, who landed a spot on the Maryland state livestock judging team. “Our team was in the top three at the national contest so we won a trip to Europe,” he said. “We went to England, France, Germany and Belgium. In Belgium, we stayed with host families for several days.” The host farm where Ben stayed raised Belgian Blue cattle, which he says are very heavy-muscled and very lean. [Read more…]