Overview of the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference

CM-MR-3-Overview of 3by Bill and Mary Weaver

The Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference, held March 25 and 26 at the Harrisburg/Hershey Holiday Inn, was part of a larger effort by a USDA-funded project through Michigan State University, to protect milk quality by lowering the use of antimicrobials, while at the same time also lowering the number of mastitis cases.

The event, hosted by Penn State’s Veterinary Extension Team, appeared to show that the science is available to accomplish this goal, if all the many factors that can influence mastitis infection and treatment are taken into account. [Read more…]

A win-win with stress-free cattle handling

CEW-MR-3-A win-win 1by Sally Colby

When Richard McConnell and Tina Williams work cattle, it’s almost eerily silent. There’s no shouting or arm-waving, and no one is in a hurry. Cattle just seem to fall into place, moving quietly and willingly to wherever they’re guided. Richard and Tina say that stress-free handing is a matter of understanding cattle — how and why they move the way they do — and taking the time to train them. [Read more…]

Berkshires are breed of choice- Passion and purpose coincide at Creek Place Farms

CM-MR-3-Agri Systems w ad 2by Sherry Bunting

BOWMANSVILLE, PA — Two words describe how passion meets purpose at Creek Place Farms: “Berkshires, naturally.”

The road to this 150-sow certified purebred Berkshire farm was years in the making for Donald and Maria (Kawulych) Longenecker. Their preparation, hard work and long hours are paying off in “happy pigs, living naturally, and ultimately rewarding consumers with delicious Berkshire pork,” as Maria put it. [Read more…]

What makes a successful farmers market?

CN-MR-2-What makes 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Thriving farmers markets have loyal customers and great vendors. The customers spend money, return regularly and bring friends. Successful vendors bring great products, friendly smiles and the right pricing, week after week.

During a Farmers Market Manager Conference held in Rhode Island, a brainstorming session revealed contribution to a successful market and what may be holding it back. [Read more…]