Grazing dairy saves money and time

CM-MR-2-HOLTERHOLM_55061by Sally Colby

Grazing isn’t the easy way out, but it was the ideal way for one Maryland family to honor the long history of their family who worked the farm in Jefferson, MD.

Adam Holter, sixth generation farmer on Holterholm Farm in partnership with his father Ron, says the farm was purchased 1889 in a bankruptcy sale. The land hadn’t been well cared for, so the Holters started the process of rejuvenating the property. [Read more…]

Virginia Farm Show set for Jan. 13-15, 2016

CM-MR-2-VA-Farm-Show2081by Jon M. Casey
The Lee Publications, Inc. Trade Show Division is pleased to announce that the 2016 Virginia Farm Show, the farm show for farmers, will be a Wednesday through Friday format. The dates are set for Jan. 13, 14, and 15, 2016. With free parking and free admission, the Virginia Farm Show remains the ideal showcase for farm equipment and services in the mid-Atlantic region. [Read more…]

Diamond K Spring Fling

CM-PP-6-Kegley141by  Kegley Baumgardner

During last month’s show the Keith’s ran 425 teams total in team penning and sorting. People from Canada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee attended.

There was nearly $5,000 of added money in the classes and a saddle was given away to the high-money earning novice rider of the weekend. [Read more…]

Liberty View Creamery

CM-MR-3-LIBERTY-GOAT_49451by Sally Colby

As a 4-Her, Matt Carman took pride in his herd of registered dairy goats. With the help of his parents Don and Deb, he learned how to select quality dairy goats, how to feed and care for young kids and how to fit and show. Most 4-Hers draw on their 4-H experience throughout life, but Matt turned what he learned into a career.

Matt’s original concept for the operation known as Liberty View Creamery in Littlestown, PA was to make goat’s milk ice cream and that’s still an option for the future. For now, he’s focusing on developing the milking herd as well as additional markets for Grade A goat milk. [Read more…]

It makes sense to vaccinate most horses now

Mosquito season will begin soon in Virginia and has already begun in some areas. That means it’s time to start thinking about vaccinating your horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Rabies is not a mosquito-borne disease, but it’s a fatal disease that also requires an annual vaccination.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) urges all horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination recommendations for their animals. Virginia only had one confirmed case of WNV (Augusta County) and one of EEE (Suffolk) in 2014, although many other states had a much higher incidence of cases.  [Read more…]