The cow goes where its nose goes: Part One

CEW-BF-MR-2-The-cow-goes37931by Sally Colby

Part 1: cattle handling basics

If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.

“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”

With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]

Cattlemen prepare for antibiotic regulations changes


Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]

24th Annual Franklin Land Trust Farm and Garden Tour

CN-MR-3-FRANKLIN-TOUR_8101by Laura Rodley

Cars were lined up on country roads, parked in front of 10 homes. It was an extended party of sorts, a chance for visitors to get a rare peek at the owners’ working farms and gardens during the 24th Annual Franklin Land Trust (FLT) Farm and Garden Tour held June 27. The Buckland, MA based non-profit FLT has been conserving farmland, open space and rural character since 1987, working with landowners and communities to protect the future of their land by putting it into conservation easements. [Read more…]

Food System Solutions

CN-MR-2-FOOD-SOLUTIONS_14101by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Nearly 100 delegates from six New England States gathered June 11 and 12, 2015 at the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) Summit in Boston, MA. Delegates discussed food worker justice and opportunities to improve regional self-sufficiency and sustainability. Delegates heard about a regional plan to grow 50-percent of regional food needs locally by 2016. [Read more…]

Handling manure can be risky business

CM-MR-3-Manure-gasses16061by Sally Colby

Manure and the potentially dangerous gasses from manure storage and agitation are one of the inevitable aspects of livestock farming. The combination of working in confined space and a farmer who needs to keep moving can be lethal.

Rob Meinen, Penn State extension in the ag safety program, describes confined space as ‘large enough to enter but with limited or restricted means of entry and exit, and not designed for normal, continual occupancy by a worker.’ [Read more…]