More for less in pastures

CN-RP-26-1-more-for-less-alfalfaMultispecies pastures show productivity, drought tolerant promise

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources.

  1. Howard Skinner has been researching this idea of more for less in agriculture. Skinner is a physiological plant ecologist and member of the USDA-ARS-Pasture System and Watershed Management Research Unit. He’s been looking into how to increase the amount of forage (grasses and plants that animals eat) pastures can grow. If a piece of land can produce more forage, it can feed more cows. More cows mean more beef and milk.

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Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

American Mustang Makeover

CM-MR-42-2-American-Mustang1by Hope Holland

In the early years of the westward expansion the mustang was considered an asset. Being able to get a wild horse and make it a working horse with only the expenditure of time (and bruises) was the making of some western men’s fortunes. With the addition of the U.S. Cavalry’s remount stallions (an upgrading program for the native bred mustangs) in the late 1800’s, the mustangs received an improvement in their general appearance and usability. [Read more…]

55th Maryland Dairy Princess crowned

CM-RP-25-1-MD-Dairy-PrincessFREDERICK, MD — Mackenzie Underwood’s wish came true when she was crowned the 55th Maryland Dairy Princess. “I feel good about it. It feels good to bring this back to Cecil County,” she said of her new title. The last time a state dairy princess hailed from Cecil County was in 1970. Her aunt is also a past dairy princess, and Underwood said she is happy to follow in her footsteps, spending the next year promoting dairy products to consumers. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]