Rain, sleet, snow and wind buffeted Keene, NH on Saturday, March 25, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from the laughter and smiling faces of the contestants and attendees at Stonewall Farm’s 18th Annual Sap Gathering Contest. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Raucher family at Heritage Farm in Easthampton, MA, bought and sold horses for three generations.
Marie and Jerry Raucher were the first generation at the farm. Marie passed away on Jan. 20, 2017. Jerry passed away in 2003. Their love of horses carries on through their children by selling horses at auctions, offering them for riding and supplying 40 to 50 horses for summer camps. [Read more…]
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
The best of dairy breeds including Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns from several states congregated in the Toyota Coliseum on New York State Fairgrounds at Syracuse, for the four-day, NY 2017 Spring Dairy Carousel; known as the most prestigious and largest spring show in the northeast. [Read more…]
by Paul Burdziakowski
Those who attended the 2017 North American Alpaca Show (NAAS) from March 31 to April 2 were treated to not just one, but three separate events under the roof of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The two additional shows included as part of this year’s package were the Northeast Alpaca Expo (NEAE) and the Bay State Small Breeders Blast (BSSBB). [Read more…]
Cattle handling is stressful — that’s probably why a creative soul came up with a T-shirt proclaiming those who work cattle with a spouse deserve some sort of prize for surviving the ordeal.
But there might be some truth to the personality issue when it comes to handling cattle. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Brassica crops are susceptible to Clubroot, a soil borne disease scientifically known as Plasmodiophora. The disease affects crops worldwide and can cause complete crop failure. Two Oregon State University experts, Alex Stone, a vegetable cropping system specialist, and Aaron Heinrich, faculty research assistant, are studying the lifecycle of the disease while exploring strategies for control. [Read more…]
Scattered across the United States are farms that tout the lesser known, extremely hardy, Icelandic sheep. They boast small numbers in this country because they were only introduced into Canada in 1985, and the U.S. years later. But back in Iceland, the breed is absolutely central to the country’s history and economy. [Read more…]
HAGERSTOWN, MD — “Information is the currency of scientists” was a theme throughout the 2017 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference which assembled researchers, chemists, scientists, professors and nutritionists to tell the grass-fed story from pasture to table. It appears research findings on livestock production of meat and milk from forage-based systems and directly grazed pastures have positive attributes for human health. [Read more…]