Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

Consumer trends headline beef conference

“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.”

Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, KS, June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.

Schroeder and fellow Kansas State University ag economist Glynn Tonsor kicked off the conference, talking about beef demand in the next two decades. [Read more…]

Days End Farm Horse Rescue introduces manure-composting system

CM_MR_16-1-Days-End-Farmby Hope Holland

On June 14 the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, Maryland, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Green Mountain Technologies introduced their new manure composting system, Earth Flow. The manure composting system is a greenhouse type structure housing the auger that moves through the manure, mixing, aerating and moisturizing it for optimal compost process management. [Read more…]

Agritourism ~ utilizing social media to promote your business

CM-MR-1-Agritourismby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

The second in a series of Webinars organized by the University of California Small Farm Program in partnership with FarmsReach, instructing practical ways to attract Agritourism to your business was presented on June 2, with Kristin York of the Sierra Business Council and Lauren Gagliano-Saline of Suzie’s Farm as featured speakers.

Gagliano and York walked listeners through steps of using the internet to attract and secure new customers through use of social media including Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest and other growing social media sources. [Read more…]