Spring Premiere Horse Show highlighted by first chapter fundraiser for neglected horses

CN-MR-35-2-Spring-Premi1ere-Horse-2by Paul Burdziakowski

The United Professional Horseman’s Association Chapter 14 (UPHA-14) held their first show of the season April 20-23 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the Spring Premiere Horse Show, which was also the kickoff event for the New England horse show season.

According to UPHA-14 officials, nearly 2,500 people were in attendance during the four-day event. The Spring Premiere Horse Show is considered to be one of the most prestigious nationally recognized horse shows in the country due to the high level of competitiveness and it regularly draws national champions and equestrians. [Read more…]

Plow Match and Obstacle Competition

CN-MR-16-3-The-Eastern-CT11by George Looby DVM

The Eastern CT Draft Horse Association held its Annual Plow Match and Obstacle Competition on April 23, 2016 at the UConn Lee Farm in Coventry, CT. The plowing judge was Wes Hopkins and the Obstacle judge was Gene Swistowich.

During the plowing competition each teamster was assigned a plot to plow of equal size. The scores achieved were based on several factors including if the plowing was done without help, the straightness of the furrows, the ends or headlands, and how well the cover crop was covered. [Read more…]

Sprouted grains for grazing dairies

CW-MR-1-Sprouted-gr1ains1by Tamara Scully

Sprouted grains have become a “very controversial” and a “very hot topic” in dairy grazing, Dr. Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, said in the recent eORganic webinar “Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms.”

“You’re taking a grain, and you’re sprouting it.” [Read more…]

Mitigating the effects of a hard spring at The Big Apple

CN-39-4-Mitigating-the4by Kristen M. Castrataro

About 70 people gathered at The Big Apple in Wrentham, MA on April 20, 2016 for a joint Twilight Meeting of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Fruit Growers Associations. Growers and Extension professionals from both states participated in a wagon ride and walking tour of the orchards followed by dinner and presentations by Extension Educators from both states. [Read more…]

Can modified tillage help our climate?

CM-CN-MR-Modified-tillage1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Does the way you till your land impact our climate?

According to Dr. Robert L. Thompson, visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the answer is, “Yes!” [Read more…]