Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Focus on quality for meat goat producer

CM-MR-50-3-Focus-on-Quality-7975by Bill and Mary Weaver

Sherrie and Stuart Losch have been raising registered Boer goats for 17 years on their historic Riverview Farm in Port Royal, PA. “I was interested in breeding for colors before colors were ‘in,’” explained Sherrie. Today, their distinctive RVF Boer goats carry a fascinating variety of colors, splashes, spots and patterns in red, black, paint and traditional. “From the beginning, we’ve focused on colored goats with good conformation,” Sherrie added. [Read more…]

“Happy and Healthy Chickens” photo contest winners announced

CM-RP-9-1-happy-and-he1althy-chickensDOVER, DE – The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced the winners of its 2016 Happy and Healthy Chickens Photo Contest, celebrating the best snapshots of Delaware backyard poultry flocks. The winner, chosen from a field of nearly 100 photographs, was Weston Williams, 11, of Felton, for his photo “Proud Stance.” [Read more…]

Hemp: what’s the big deal?

CM-MR-44-2-Hemp8322by Sally Colby

Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]

Highland Cattle: Love at first sight

CM-MR-44-3-Scottish-Highland-cattleby Bill and Mary Weaver

Gary and Caralyn Van Horn, owners of Hickory Meadow Farm, prize the Highland cattle they have been raising for the past 12 years on their farm in Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA. “I’ve never seen one sick. They thrive entirely on grass. I’ve never had to call a vet for a calving, or assist in a calving myself. I’ve never lost a cow during calving or had a stillborn calf. The only medicine they need is worming once a year. I’ve never had to advertise to sell them,” commented Gary. [Read more…]