Dairymaster’s Latest Innovation Launched at World Dairy Expo

Dairymaster-Swiftflo-Commander-31As herds are getting larger there is less time for individual cow attention – during milking having access to the right information at the right time is essential. The Swiftflo Commander, the new brain of the milking parlor, controlling everything to do with milking, feeding and animal health has arrived! The launch at World Dairy Expo created great excitement especially after having won 2 major awards at the leading agricultural show in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships. It offers a new level of intelligence that takes command of each milking unit within the parlor. [Read more…]

Cumberland County 4-H honors three 50 year volunteers

CM-RP-1-VOLUNTEERS_011CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — Certainly having a volunteer who has served for 50 years is a fantastic achievement but to have three volunteers reach 50 years is exceptional. Sandy Long, Barb Rebert and Galen Smith were honored at the recent Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Night held at Highland Vue Farms, Newville. All three long time 4-H members went directly from being a member to being a leader. [Read more…]

Making connections; remembering Mike Dunn

CM-MR-2-MONTPELIER-FARMS_011by Branden Jaquays

“Mike would have been devastated if we didn’t open,” said Adrianne Dunn, as she recalled this season’s opening day at Montpelier Farms — a farm she and her late husband Mike Dunn started back in 2007. Mike Dunn, a Virginia native and Maryland farmer, unexpectedly died less than two weeks before the farm was set to open for its 8th Fall agritourism season — at the age of 46. [Read more…]

Planning begins with soil health

CEW-MR-2-Soil-health11by Tamara Scully

The USDA joined other global partners in celebrating 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. This initiative is meant to underscore the importance of soil as a living “ingredient” which is literally the building block of our lives.

Assessing your soils now, and amending them this fall, can provide the foundation for a healthy 2016 growing season. [Read more…]

Trick riding expert demonstrates skills at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

CE-MR-1-PA-Horse-Show73941by Sally Colby

Many who attend the annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, go for the thrill of watching hunters and jumpers. On one night, the audience had an opportunity to watch a skilled trick rider demonstrate what it takes to ride a horse full-speed around an arena with no hands or legs for control.

Ashley Pletcher didn’t grow up in a horsey family, but received a pony by the name of Sugar when she was eight years old. “She came from the local amusement park, but she could run,” said Ashley. “She didn’t like to leave the barn, so I rode far away from the barn, turned around and ran full-speed back to the stall. I know now that that’s not a good idea.” [Read more…]