Grazing cows is a requirement for organic milk producers. Organic milk must come from cows that receive no less than 30 percent of their dry matter intake (DMI) from pasture forage during the grazing season, and are actively grazing on pasture for at least 120 days, or as long as possible in the region. Feeding grain is allowed. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Well horses perform well. That is the motto of Stefanie Reinhold, an author, former instructor and certified equine massage practitioner who has a passion for resolving pain and trauma related behavioral and performance issues in sport horses.
Reinhold held a clinic at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, during the 54th annual Equine Affaire where she spoke about the methods that she uses to alleviate stiffness in riding horses. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Dairy farmers typically plant designated acreage in corn for silage each year, with seed selection based on variety of factors. This past year’s drought conditions may entice some farmers to select more drought-tolerant varieties, and may also encourage them to think beyond what they’ve traditionally planted.
Ev Thomas, of Oak Point Agronomics, says drought-tolerant hybrids have been developed by several seed companies including DeKalb, Monsanto and Pioneer. “These are specifically developed for drought conditions,” said Thomas. [Read more…]
In October the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, Storrs, held Cornucopia 2016. This event was designed to showcase the multiple components of the College in a setting suitable for early fall, that of a country fair. [Read more…]
Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]
As Rick Hermonot approaches the pasture, a din arises from the flock of turkeys and geese on the other side. Clucking and squawking, the birds follow him along the fence line. Once he enters the fence, they circle around him and even allow him to cradle them in his arms. Though they are destined for someone’s table, the birds are fearless and content. Welcome to Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. [Read more…]
“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]
A poultry tractor, (sometimes called an ark), is a movable coop without a floor. This housing allows free ranging along with shelter, where birds can consume fresh forage such as grass, weeds, bugs, worms, or grubs. Most poultry tractors are lightly built A-frames which one person can drag to designated areas in their yard. It may have wheels on one or both ends to make travel easier. [Read more…]