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…]
New England Farm Weekly
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…]
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…]
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…]
by Laura Rodley
The chickens at Lucky B Farm lay their eggs according to the sun’s schedule. At peak season in summer, they lay 12 to 15 dozen a day. Right now as the sun sets lower in the sky earlier at night, they are laying three dozen eggs a day. As their laying schedule is determined solely by natural light, there are no lights kept on in their shed at night.
“I like my birds to be natural,” said farm owner Dennis Bruffee, best known as Denny. He bought the farm in 1984. [Read more…]
For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]