The tractors lining the arena looked like a testimony to mid-20th century farming. Brand names included Case, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Massey-Harris and lots of John Deere, many restored to use after being discarded in favor of new models. And if it weren’t for the polished paint and shiny stacks on the 60-year old tractors, they’d look just as at home working a field. Continue reading
Producing wool doesn’t start with shearing the sheep; it begins well before birth. Two primary factors which affect wool quality are genetics and nutrition. Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, of the University of Colorado — a sheep farmer herself — discussed the importance of nutrition in fiber development, offering producers tools to use to grow quality fleece. Continue reading
Do you want to share variety trial results, on-farm experiment results or great new equipment with fellow farmers? One great way is to invite fellow farmers or researchers over for a field visit. You might combine it with other topics and speakers for a four to six hour field day. Continue reading
UNION GROVE, NC — After milk prices collapsed in 2009, Nathan Souther decided to make big changes.
“We either had to get bigger or get out,” he said.
In 2009 the dairy was milking about 450 cows. Today it milks 750 Holsteins (3x).