Angus exhibitors led 65 entries at the 2016 Virginia Beef Expo Junior Angus Show, April 17 in Harrisonburg, VA. Randy Daniel of Colbert, GA and Chandler Akins of Nashville, GA evaluated the entries before naming champions. [Read more…]
As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]
Does the way you till your land impact our climate?
According to Dr. Robert L. Thompson, visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the answer is, “Yes!” [Read more…]
While dairymen traditionally have been tied to the farm to feed and milk the animals at regular intervals, the newest technology allows dairy farmers some escape from the clock. A recent workshop on dairy automation demonstrated that dairy farming has gone hi-tech. [Read more…]
Hog operations aren’t normally associated with fresh, outdoor air. The industrial swine industry has had its share of critics, due to air quality and water pollution issues, as well as welfare issues concerning the raising of livestock in enclosed, close quarters, the use of farrowing pens and more. [Read more…]
Friday, April 8, was supposed to be sunny, albeit on the chilly side. Perfect for a farm tour and it was, except for a brief gate-crashing blizzard that lasted for roughly half an hour. To be fair, a reminder sent the day before cautioned Please Dress Warm. No one was caught short. That’s the first thing you learn on a farm tour — be prepared. [Read more…]
When farms have an irrigation system in place for crops, they can often use the same system for distributing liquid manure. Manure application via an irrigation system result in less time on the road, rapid uptake of nutrients by crops, and less risk of runoff and groundwater contamination. Manure distribution through irrigation also helps reduce volume in storage facilities when levels are close to the top. [Read more…]
Not every horse owner can or wants to keep a horse on their property. For them, a boarding facility may be the next best option.
Boarding barns vary widely as far as what they offer their clients, but the number one consideration for most potential boarders is cost. As you visit different barns, keep in mind that cost doesn’t always reflect the level of care. [Read more…]