Pasture improvements for equine

CF4-MR-1-Pasture-improve9261Managing and maintaining pasture

by Tamara Scully

Horses need pasture. At least one percent — and preferably 1.5 percent — of their body weight, per day, should come from pasture. One horse requires between two and three acres of pasture — or hay, for maintenance needs alone. Pasture provides a healthy diet for horses, decreasing colic and reducing the incidence of gastric ulcers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [Read more…]

Don’t waste the waste

CEW-MR-3-Don't-waste65301by Sally Colby

Manure is a valuable resource, and farmers incorporate it as part of their farm’s nutrient management plan. Manure spreader calibration is an essential and valuable nutrient management tool that helps maximize the efficient use of available manure nutrients. [Read more…]

New England Juniors shine at National Holstein Convention

CN-MR-1-HOLSEIN-CON011by Erin Norris

This past June 13 New England Juniors traveled to the National Holstein Convention in St. Charles, IL. The National Holstein Convention takes place every year in different states around the country. The New England Junior delegation was selected last October at the New [Read more…]

Keewaydin Farm in Stowe named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year

CN-DY-1-VT-DAIRY-FOY_011by Lisa Halvorsen, Freelance agricultural journalist for University of Vermont Extension

Keewaydin Farm, on the outskirts of Stowe village, looks like a typical Vermont dairy farm. Its tidy white farmhouse and well-maintained barns and silos suggest a farm rooted in tradition.

But owners Les and Claire Pike are quick to embrace innovation, being among the first in the state to adopt the latest technology on their 141-head registered Jersey farm. They’re also passionate about their animals, their land and keeping their farm viable for the next generation, all reasons why this farm was selected as the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. [Read more…]

The cow goes where its nose goes: Part Two

CN-MR-1-The-cow-goes2-8711Part 2: training cattle for routine handling

by Sally Colby

When you’re working cattle in a chute, perhaps near the barn or close to the road, would a visitor have a good first impression?

Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension, says what the casual observer perceives is a good reflection of cattle handling skills. [Read more…]