In recent years cover crops have gained in popularity. Cover crops improve nutrient cycling in the soil, improve water infiltration, attract pollinators and aid erosion control and weed management. However, organic producers have limited options for terminating these crops once they are established. Herbicides are not an option. Producers following no-till practices often find that mowing is marginally successful in terminating some cover crops. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Equine Affaire is famous for introducing the public to a multitude of horse breeds.
For the second year, members of The Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society (CHHAPS) delighted crowds with their Canadian Horse demonstration and held a booth to educate the public about the Canadian Horse. [Read more…]
ROCKPORT, ME — Getting into the Christmas spirit can be tough, but what better way to start than by taking a picture with a Belted Galloway calf. “Take a selfie with a Beltie” was just one of the events at Aldermere Farm’s 12th Annual Beltie Holiday. Aldermere Farm is part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and host events throughout the year on the farm. [Read more…]
Hampshire College in Amherst, MA was the site of the 2016 National Conference of The Livestock Conservancy in November. In the mid-seventies a group of concerned individuals met to discuss the future of the many breeds of livestock that were fading from the scene for a wide range of reasons. This alarming trend prompted the group to form the American Minor Breeds Conservancy dedicated to the preservation of all domestic livestock whose numbers were dwindling and possibly threatened with extinction. [Read more…]
ST. ALBANS, VT — Santa traded in his sleigh for a tractor at the third annual holiday tractor parade that was held on Friday, Dec. 9. Crowds gathered to watch the parade of over 45 farm tractors decorated for the season with holiday lights and more as they made their way from the farm fields to Main Street. [Read more…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the forecast for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017.
“U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to rise to the challenge of supplying the world with high-quality, American-grown products. At a projected $134 billion in 2017, U.S. farm exports continue to rally and remain on the record-setting pace of the past eight years. [Read more…]