UMass Cherry Bomb Ice Cream and Maple Valley Creamery

CN-MR-2-BROWN-SWISS_0981by Laura Rodley

Misty is an 11 year old Brown Swiss owned by Laurie Cuevas and Bruce Jenks under their Hadley, MA based Signature Swiss prefix. Misty won Senior Champion, Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the Ralph W. Rice Memorial Award for best udder of all breeds at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair held the last weekend of August.  [Read more…]

Heat stress impacts on dairy cow reproduction

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast may not be the hottest region in the country, yet it has seen an increasing amount of hot days, where the temperature-humidity index (THI) rises above 72 points, the level at which thermal neutrality is breeched and dairy cows begin to be negatively impacted by heat stress. Climate change predictions for the region indicate that an increase in the amount of days where a heat stress event occurs, as well as an increase in the duration and intensity of such events, is all but inevitable. [Read more…]

Is your hayride safe?

GM-XM-MR-2-Safe-Hayride62921by Sally Colby

A hayride accident that resulted in the death of a young woman and injury to at least 20 others last fall on a Maine farm garnered national attention, especially among those who look forward to fall- and Christmas-themed attractions hosted by farms.Bill Fetherolf, co-owner of Pioneer Evergreen Farms in Orwigsburg, PA, says on the day following the tragic accident, he was inundated with phone calls from both media and concerned people who wanted to know if the hayride at his farm was safe.

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Cartwheels at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair

CN-MR-2-CUMMINGTON-FAIR_1261by Laura Rodley

When you win at the 147th Annual Cummington Fair, sometimes you have to break into cartwheels to celebrate. That’s what Justin Clark did after he helped his father Tim Clark win the Free for All in the Draft Oxen division. The team of Butch and Sonny were hitched to the 12,500 pound plus stoneboat so they could pull it past the required six feet distance. As his father led the team out of the ring, his son broke into a series of spontaneous cartwheels, delighting the crowd. “That’s the first time he’s done cartwheels in the ring,” noted his father. Both he and Justin are native sons of Hawley, MA, “We’re excited, it’s a pretty big ordeal,” said Clark. [Read more…]

New methods of vaccine production on the horizon

CEW-MR-1-VACCINES1by George Looby, DMV

Animal agriculture has long relied on the addition of antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and to aid in the control of low grade intestinal infections, especially in young animals. This practice has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as the human population has had to contend with the development of so-called super bugs which are resistant to conventional antibiotic therapy. [Read more…]