Alpaca lovers and people curious about alpacas had a treat at Moonlight Rose Alpacas Farm the last week of August. They got to see a brown two-day-old female alpaca baby, or cria, named Sweet Caroline and a one-month-old rose gray cria, Fitzgerald, both bred at the farm in time for David Rose’s Alpaca 101, a seminar devoted to all aspects of raising alpacas. Topics included raising alpacas, their lifespan, care, feeding, birthing, breeding, showing and using their fiber for clothing. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
The Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association held its annual summer meeting and farm tour at the University of Massachusetts Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown, MA. Around 80 fruit growers and Extension personnel from Massachusetts and Rhode Island attended to learn about current research in grapes, brambles, stone fruit and pome fruit. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The four major types of filth flies important to livestock agriculture are the house, face, stable and horn flies. Because they are found in environments with manure or manure residues, livestock operations are preferred environments for filth flies. But each type of fly has specific environments conducive to supporting their life cycles, and control must be targeted to each species. [Read more…]
Matters relating to agritourism and its multiple issues were the topic of a conference held late August at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT.
Dr. Bruce Sherman, Director of the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection organized the meeting in response to an outbreak that occurred in March on a Lebanon, CT goat farm where 50 visitors became ill after visiting the facility. [Read more…]
A Jersey cow uses a solar panel as shelter from a sudden rainstorm. Two golden retrievers run in circles next to a rambling Victorian farmhouse.
This is Hollister Hill Farm in Marshfield, VT, a working farm and bed and breakfast owned by Lee and Bob Light. [Read more…]
Bleachers were packed full at the 99th Annual Heath Fair as Luke Inman held tight to the reins of the pair of Belgian draft horses, Rex and Rowdy, during the horse draw. They won to a resounding round of cheers, pulling the 8,000-pound stone boat 45 ½ inches. Bill Clark, Heath, MA resident and owner of Clark Logging and Lumber, own the pair. [Read more…]
CORNISH, NH – For 66 years running there have been Allens running the ox, horse and pony pulling competitions at the Cornish Fair. This year, Robert and Esther Allen were serving as judges and announcers in the pulling ring — just as they have for the past 25 years — and like Bob’s uncle and aunt, Wayne and Pauline Allen, did for the previous 41 years. [Read more…]
Amy Pruner of Newtown, and Joshua Goldwag of Woodbury, members of the Woodbury FFA Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, were recently named National Finalists for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. [Read more…]