Horse reining season kicks off in New England with the Northeast Spring Spin

CN-MR-3-Reining-horse44104by Paul Burdziakowski

The Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) kicked off their first show of the season April 15-17 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the premier reining horse competition in Massachusetts known as the Northeast Spring Spin Banquet of Champions & Pro-Am Event. There were a total of 118 horses, primarily of the American Quarter Horse breed, displaying how responsive and in tune they were with the rider by performing precise patterns of circles, spins and stops. The top performers earned cash purses of up to $500 or points towards an end of season total to earn the right to be called a champion. [Read more…]

In memoriam of Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacom

Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.

Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.

Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]

Bovine fatty acids

by Katie Navarra

Organic dairies and conventional dairies that maximize grazing are at an advantage in the marketplace. Consumers are willing to pay more for products identified as been grass fed and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Both are natural benefits for milk and meat cattle largely raised on pasture and forage.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose omega-3 products over others,” said Melissa Bainbridge, a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]

Don’t get stuck! Preventing needle stick injuries in agricultural settings

CEW-MR-1-Don't-get-stuc1k1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.

In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.

Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]

Managing the beasts within

CE-MR-3-Managing-the-61109by Sally Colby

Dairy producers who use pasture-based systems want to see healthy animals with good growth from the start. One aspect of managing cattle on pasture is managing their internal parasites.

Penn State extension veterinarian Dr. Robert Van Saun says that although internal parasites haven’t been a problem for most dairy herds in the past, they’re becoming more of an issue. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to parasite management. [Read more…]