Visitors might have thought they had been magically transported to Peru or Bolivia when they entered the llama barn at the Big E. After all, the Big E is the Disneyland of animals and livestock. Llamas and alpacas of all shades and their young were in abundance and being cared for by their owners, being readied for showing. Rather than the llamas guarding their livestock, some owners slept in sleeping bags guarding their llamas. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Oct. 3, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jobs program that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders, a key role in USDA’s mission to protect American consumers. The new program will also serve as a way to increase jobs for U.S. veterans. [Read more…]
BOSTON, MA – With large portions of Massachusetts continuing to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average for a seventh straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged for the Central, Northeast and Southeast Regions and up from a Drought Watch for the Connecticut River Valley in September; and a Drought Watch for the Cape and Islands and Western Massachusetts, up from a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts and unchanged for the Cape and Islands in September. [Read more…]
Becoming trapped in a grain bin is fatal over half the time. What you decide to do in the first 10 minutes after finding someone trapped may save a life. If you decide to do the wrong things, you may just make the situation worse. [Read more…]
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Maine Day at “New England’s Largest Fair” attracted a record crowds and celebrated its 100th anniversary promoting agriculture, education, industry, family entertainment and traditions that are part of New England’s heritage. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]