PhD student focuses on sheep research

CE-MR-2-Sheep-research113by Sally Colby

Sheep producers are accustomed to having a species that isn’t well-funded when it comes to research. Producers are pretty much on their own when it comes to learning anything new about sheep health, reproduction or other aspects of husbandry. [Read more…]

Wright’s Dairy Farm: Serving customers for 100 years and counting

CN-MR-58-3-Wrights-Dairy6416by Kristen M. Castrataro

Walking into the farm store at Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, RI, you might think success comes easily. Gorgeously decorated cakes beckon, surrounded by shiny floor-to-ceiling glass refrigerators. A visit with sisters Ellen Wright Puccetti and Elizabeth Wright Dulude would quickly dissuade you of that illusion. [Read more…]

Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Sweet and sassy

CN-MR-20-1-sweet-and-sassy-8375by Laura Rodley

You have to start somewhere and be given a chance. That is what Gary Gaylord of Rensselaer Falls, NY did for his team Sweet and Sassy, a pair of 10 month-old-Chianina breed oxen. He travelled the six hours from his home to the Massachusetts Ox Teamsters Association Ox Pull this past June to let them pull for the first time, competing against other teams. [Read more…]

Going to the dogs

CN-MR-32-2-Sheepherding-Demo1632by Kristen M. Castrataro

The Scottish Highlander Festival held in June at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond, RI had a rainy start, but that didn’t thwart Sylvia Murray or her Border Collies, Fern and Tessie. They were as eager to demonstrate the art of sheepherding as if the sun had been shining brightly.

A regular fixture at the Festival, Sylvia provides information about Border Collie temperament, sheepherding history and sheep psychology. Her two dogs are ideal candidates for demonstrations because they behave very differently and show two distinct methods of working sheep. [Read more…]