DPH and CAES: Residents should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites

New Haven, CT – The State Mosquito Management Program reminds residents to take steps to prevent mosquito bites as West Nile virus (WNV) is present in Connecticut. So far this season, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified WNV infected mosquitoes in two communities in Fairfield County, Stamford and Bridgeport. [Read more…]

NECAS Grain bin safety demonstration

CEW-MR-38-3-Grain-Bin-Safety5215by Michael Wren

Anyone that has ever been in a grain bin knows how dangerous it can be. With the lack of light, possibility of fumes or foul air and the confinement of the space, grain bins can be a nightmare. With more and more grain bins springing up and being used, it is becoming important to prepare both those working in the bins as well as those that will be called when something goes wrong. [Read more…]

PhD student focuses on sheep research

CE-MR-2-Sheep-research113by Sally Colby

Sheep producers are accustomed to having a species that isn’t well-funded when it comes to research. Producers are pretty much on their own when it comes to learning anything new about sheep health, reproduction or other aspects of husbandry. [Read more…]

Wright’s Dairy Farm: Serving customers for 100 years and counting

CN-MR-58-3-Wrights-Dairy6416by Kristen M. Castrataro

Walking into the farm store at Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield, RI, you might think success comes easily. Gorgeously decorated cakes beckon, surrounded by shiny floor-to-ceiling glass refrigerators. A visit with sisters Ellen Wright Puccetti and Elizabeth Wright Dulude would quickly dissuade you of that illusion. [Read more…]

Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]