Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
As Rick Hermonot approaches the pasture, a din arises from the flock of turkeys and geese on the other side. Clucking and squawking, the birds follow him along the fence line. Once he enters the fence, they circle around him and even allow him to cradle them in his arms. Though they are destined for someone’s table, the birds are fearless and content. Welcome to Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. [Read more…]
“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]
A poultry tractor, (sometimes called an ark), is a movable coop without a floor. This housing allows free ranging along with shelter, where birds can consume fresh forage such as grass, weeds, bugs, worms, or grubs. Most poultry tractors are lightly built A-frames which one person can drag to designated areas in their yard. It may have wheels on one or both ends to make travel easier. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT — Vermont 4-H horse delegates that went to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup did the state proud, finishing in the top 10 in team competitions and in all events with the communications team capturing first place in their contest. [Read more…]
On Friday Nov. 11, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation celebrated their 100th Annual Meeting with a conference at Church Landing in Meredith. Workshops and training sessions were held throughout the day for Farm Bureau members. Congresswoman Ann Kuster, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, recognized the accomplishments and hard work of Farm Bureau members over their 100 Years of service to agriculture in a letter and Governor Maggie Hassan honored the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation with a commendation read by NHFB President, Denis Ward, during the evening banquet. [Read more…]
Dairy farmers know the importance of colostrum to the newborn calf, and well-managed farms have established protocol for ensuring calves have adequate colostrum within hours of birth.
“Colostrum management is the most important thing you do with an animal in their life,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “What you do in the first two hours of their life has huge implications.” [Read more…]
The largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania is back and bigger than ever. The Keystone Farm Show returns for its 20th year Jan. 10-12, 2017 at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.
New this year is another expansion of the show to a new building. Last year saw the addition of the Expansion Building (Building #9) that featured the show’s first farm toy exhibit. This area allowed both collectors and traders to shop, swap and showcase their extensive farm toy collections. [Read more…]