Vermont 4-H members take on dairy challenge

CN-RP-1-DAIRY-CHALLANGE-011BURLINGTON, VT — University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H hosted the annual 4-H Dairy Challenge, Nov. 15, in Burlington, an event that attracted 110 participants, a record-breaking turnout.

The challenge, held on the UVM campus, is designed to expand 4-H’ers’ dairy knowledge through a series of learning sessions, each followed by a written quiz. This year, the sessions covered artificial insemination, lameness, the cow stomach and the udder. [Read more…]

Wild mustangs and burros

CN-MR-3-HORSE-ADOPTION_Jamisons1by Laura Rodley

Wild mustangs galloping across the prairies, manes and tails streaming. If it’s ever been your dream to own a wild horse, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association has made it easy for you.

As part of managing wild herds in the west, they have already rounded up the mustangs and burros that await adoption by qualified applicants. [Read more…]

Winter care for farm animals, large and small

by George Looby, DVM

Each year when the maples have dropped the last of their leaves the time arrives when we begin to look around our homesteads and begin the seasonal task of buttoning down for winter. It is an age-old ritual that never changes but as we check down the list of things to be done it is easy to slip and overlook one or more important tasks. High on the list should be insuring that all of the animals in our care are well provided for as winter approaches. [Read more…]

Fresh cow feeding

by Tamara Scully

Fresh cows are typically maintained on a slightly modified high-production cow diet. Unlike dry cow diets, where much of the research on transition cow nutrition has been focused, the postpartum period dietary requirements have been overlooked. But that will be changing, as researchers focus on fresh cow feeding strategies over the next few years, predicts Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University, Professor Director, PRO-DAIRY. [Read more…]

6th Annual Fiber Festival of New England features full line of diversity

CN-MR-3-FIBER-FEST-7931by Paul Burdziakowski

The sixth annual Fiber Festival of New England took place Nov. 7-8 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The event, put together by the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association (NESWGA) and the Eastern States Exposition, promotes the use of wool, natural fibers and other related products.

This year 168 exhibitors were onsite showcasing their carefully crafted handmade products which included clothing, blankets, yarn, raw fleeces, spinning wheels, shawl pins, Christmas ornaments and much more. Some exhibitors didn’t even need to be onsite to sell their products. For a $2 fee NESWGA members could mail in their fleece along with the date shorn, breed of animal and producer information. The fleece sale was ongoing throughout both days of the festival. In addition to the shopping opportunities there were several other activities for participants to take part in such as workshops, competitions, demonstrations, live animal displays and even a fashion show. [Read more…]