Farming fish

cm-mr-47-1-farming-fish-eggsby Tamara Scully

Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]

Centennial at the Big E

cn-mr-32-4-centennial-big-e-13743by Laura Rodley

Opening day at the Big E in Springfield on Sept. 16 heralded a record-breaking number of 86,204 souls that walked through the gates. The following day, 116,602 attended. People walking, riding in wheelchairs and pushing baby carriages wanted to experience the Lourdes of agricultural entertainment, music, parades, and other fun at the Big E’s 100th year celebration. [Read more…]

Six Ways to Slow Horse Feed Intake

cn-ms-mr-52-2-six-ways-to-slow-7170by Tamara Scully

Problem horse behaviors, as well as some medical conditions, can be vastly improved by increasing the time a horse spends feeding. With today’s emphasis on natural horse care, many owners are realizing that it is best for horses to spend longer eating than is common in many barns and pastures today.

Feral horses spend 12-18 hours per day grazing pasture, and these wild horses don’t show the behavior problems commonly seen in domesticated horses. [Read more…]

Vermont 4-H’ers win big at “Big E” Dairy Show

cn-rp-26-2-eastern-states-expo-imgBURLINGTON, VT – Thirty Vermont 4-H club members competed at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, MA, Sept. 15-18, walking away with several championships.

They took part in both fitting and showmanship classes in which they are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal and in conformation classes where the animal is evaluated on body condition and appearance. [Read more…]

Maple Lane Farms: a full-service enterprise

cn-mr-54-2-maple-lane-farms-6578by Kristen M. Castrataro

In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, Stanley Higgins bought a farm in Charleston, Maine for the sum of $1,500. Today, Maple Lane Farms is run by Higgin’s grandson, Barry, and Barry’s son and daughter. It is home to a 130-head dairy operation, a state-of-the-art slaughter and smoking facility, and Central Maine Team Penning. [Read more…]