Mills Family Farm feeds the Carolinas, Virginia

cm-mr-35-2-mills-family-farm-2aby Karl H. Kazaks

SHEPHERDS, NC — Dr. Bradley Mills’ home farm here in Iredell County has been in his family since 1935. Now it’s the headquarters of a rapidly growing all-natural, pasture-raised beef operation, Mills Family Farm, which supplies locally raised beef to consumers throughout the Carolinas and Virginia.

The origination of this business coincided with Mills’ marriage to Nicole, his wife of almost seven years. [Read more…]

Filth flies and cattle

by Tamara Scully

The four major types of filth flies important to livestock agriculture are the house, face, stable and horn flies. Because they are found in environments with manure or manure residues, livestock operations are preferred environments for filth flies. But each type of fly has specific environments conducive to supporting their life cycles, and control must be targeted to each species. [Read more…]

Good soil fertility means good crops

CW-MR-2-Good-soil-fertility659by Steve Wagner

“The physical characteristics of soil and the biological characteristics are every bit as important as fertility.” This was expressed by Soils Agronomist Mark Kopecky of the CROPP Cooperative during the first day of a two-day agronomy school at the Bird-in Hand Family Inn in Lancaster County Pennsylvania this summer. [Read more…]

Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]