The amount of sweet clover used as a feed for cattle nationally has diminished in recent years but its unique role in human medicine is worth retelling. Farmers of a certain age can vividly remember being admonished by their elders not to feed moldy sweet clover hay or silage to the cows. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Vermont delegation included Jarod Bushey, Addison; Charlotte and Rebecca Moriarty, both from Jericho; and Riley Ochs, Orwell. They participated in the sheep show as well as comprised the four-member Vermont quiz bowl team that captured first place in competition. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT — Eleven 4-H equestrians and two 4-H teen leaders recently returned from West Springfield, MA where they represented University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H in various equine events at Eastern States Exposition. The 4-H horse events took place Sept. 21-24. [Read more…]
Transitioning cows tend to get sick more readily. But as with other stages, dairymen can improve the health and performance of the transitioning cows through better management practices. Michael Ballou, PhD presented “Systematic approach to improving immunity in periparturient dairy cows” as a recent webinar hosted by Agricultural Modeling and Training Systems in Groton, NY. Ballou serves as associate professor and associate dean for research at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas College of Agricultural and Natural Resources. [Read more…]
Horizon Organic’s annual National Quality Award is given to one farm each year for consistently providing the best quality milk to the company. This year’s winners were John and Janine Putnam of Thistle Hill Farm in Pomfret, VT. After a visit to their farm and milking parlor, it’s easy to see why they were the recipients. [Read more…]
by George Looby, DVM
Regulations put in place within the past year have essentially eliminated the routine use of antibiotics in livestock as supposed growth stimulants. Only in instances where a veterinarian has prescribed an antibiotic for a specific disease in an individual animal or group of animals can they be used in food producing animals. With the advent of these restrictions researchers at a number of institutions are searching for substances that may aid in improving gut health.
As most readers know it was thought for many years that the addition of antibiotics in small quantities not only improved feed utilization but also reduced the likelihood of low-grade intestinal infections. Consumer concerns, very likely well justified, brought an end to the practice on Jan. 1, 2017. [Read more…]
Three dairy farmers, District Representative John Scibak and Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) representatives Katelyn Parsons and Brad Mitchell, gathered at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA late September to discuss dairy farming. [Read more…]
Those with hay fever may be suffering this fall, but bees and beekeepers are ecstatic. The bee hives at Warm Colors Apiary put on 20 pounds a day.
“The hives went from empty to not enough room for the queen to lay eggs,” said Dan Conlon who owns the apiary set on 80 acres in Conway, MA with his wife Bonita. [Read more…]