Hampshire College in Amherst, MA was the site of the 2016 National Conference of The Livestock Conservancy in November. In the mid-seventies a group of concerned individuals met to discuss the future of the many breeds of livestock that were fading from the scene for a wide range of reasons. This alarming trend prompted the group to form the American Minor Breeds Conservancy dedicated to the preservation of all domestic livestock whose numbers were dwindling and possibly threatened with extinction. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
ST. ALBANS, VT — Santa traded in his sleigh for a tractor at the third annual holiday tractor parade that was held on Friday, Dec. 9. Crowds gathered to watch the parade of over 45 farm tractors decorated for the season with holiday lights and more as they made their way from the farm fields to Main Street. [Read more…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement on the forecast for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017.
“U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to rise to the challenge of supplying the world with high-quality, American-grown products. At a projected $134 billion in 2017, U.S. farm exports continue to rally and remain on the record-setting pace of the past eight years. [Read more…]
The times are changing in almost every field of endeavor and the same for those involved in vegetable and small fruit production. With the ever-increasing demand for local produce, growers have been forced to find ways to accommodate that demand. And, with a finite length to the growing season, they have turned to high and low tunnels to help. [Read more…]
On Nov. 11 the 54th annual Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, was the setting for an informative horsemanship clinic which was held by Jonathan Field, a gifted teacher, presenter and horseman with a passion to give back to the world of horses by sharing what he has learned from them over the years. [Read more…]
The list of names reads like a list of who’s who in agriculture, an assortment of names from across the country; all of whom have been deeply involved in some form of agriculture for most of their lives. The list is the recently named Agricultural Advisory Committee, formed by President-elect Donald Trump to pioneer new ideas that will strengthen the nation’s ag industry and support rural communities. [Read more…]