Something to Cook About

2019-01-14T10:15:35+00:00January 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

The Glassmaker of Donbridge

by R D Vincent, author of the Donbridge Series

My grandmother bustled about her kitchen cooking away for the annual New Year’s Eve party which was held at my parent’s house each year. Knocking on the pine door, which was halfway open, I noticed my grandmother was startled to see me. “Michael, you gave me a fright!” she said as she went back to her search. “I just can’t find that round glass cake plate I use to make my upside down peach cake. I know it’s here somewhere,” she said as she shoved and pulled more pots from the cabinets. “You know this reminds me of a story I almost forgot till just about this moment,” she said.

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Farmer’s furlough

2019-01-14T10:43:42+00:00January 14, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

There’s nothing like a furlough to jump-start the satire for the New Year. As we welcome in 2019 the U.S. government and the USDA are shut down or have been. It’s starting to become a yearly habit. It got me to thinking, what if all the farmers in the USA decided to shut down, take an un-paid leave and not send any products to market? What would it look like? Is it even possible?

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Cut feed, not milk production

2019-01-25T16:59:12+00:00January 3, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Dairymen realize that cutting feed usually means milk production slacks off. That’s why Bill Weiss with Ohio State University’s Animal Sciences presented “Cutting Feed Costs Without Cutting Milk” as part of Hoard’s Dairyman’s webinar series recently, sponsored by Quality Liquid Feeds.

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Blue Star Equiculture Draft Horse Sanctuary

2019-01-03T11:44:00+00:00January 3, 2019|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

The 2018 Equine Affaire highlighted many breeds available for attendees to view up close. Pamela Rickenbach, executive director of the 501(c)3 non-profit Blue Star Equiculture Draft Horse Sanctuary (BSE), was walking a 19.3 hand high, 2,900- to 3,000-pound Shire named Foxy for people to admire. He towered over other horses but was easily handled by Rickenbach, who happens to be 6’2”.

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Profitable meat production requires planning

2019-02-19T09:50:57+00:00January 2, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Producers raising meat for sale can maximize sales by planning their processing. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) recently hosted “Direct Marketing Meat: The Logistics of Meat Processing” as a webinar with Rebecca Thistlethwaite, representing the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

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2018 Angus Association National Convention and Trade Show

2019-01-03T10:39:54+00:00December 28, 2018|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Tina L. LaVallee

The 2018 American Angus Association National Convention and Trade Show welcomed visitors to Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 3 – 5. This year’s convention celebrated two important milestones within the Angus Association: the 135th Annual Convention of Delegates and the 40th anniversary of the Certified Angus Beef brand. (more…)

Mountain trail riding and overcoming obstacles with Mark Bolender

2019-01-28T16:51:26+00:00December 28, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Laura Rodley

Need help in getting your horse over obstacles? You are not alone. The bleachers by the Demo Ring were full during the 2018 Equine Affaire while internationally known presenter Mark Bolender showed attendees how to help their horse overcome their fear and resistance to stepping over obstacles. In this case, the obstacle was a large one foot high, three by three foot wooden box, much like a stand seen in circuses that the horse was asked to step up on. (more…)