16th World Percheron Congress — Superbowl of the draft horse world

CF4-MR-4-Percheron511by Laura Rodley

You want the best on your team if you’re planning on competing in the World Percheron Congress. When Jane Gray of Trippcrest Farm in Harrison, Maine wanted someone to train her horses for the event in 2010, she contacted Chad and Rhonda Cole of Pennwood Percherons in Center Hall, PA and secured them as her trainers. Gray’s horses won. [Read more…]

Manure management system evaluation

CEWN-MR-2-Manure1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Livestock manure used to be considered waste. Today, landowners have many choices for handling manure using traditional waste storage structures, on-farm manure application and innovative manure management and treatment systems. The manure management needs and local regulations are unique to every farm. [Read more…]

Bridgmont Farm

CN-MR-3-Brigmont3728by Laura Rodley

Peter and Mary Montague own Bridgmont Farm, which was started in 1786 by an ancestor, Elisha Bridgman. Peter grew up on Bridgmont Farm located in Westfield, MA and Mary grew up on Fitzgerald’s Farm, which was owned by her father, in nearby Ashfield. At the time, both were dairy farms. [Read more…]

Barefooting and beyond

CN-MR-3-Barefooting7432by Lorraine Strenkowski

Rodney Cone of Lebanon, CT started shoeing horses in 1989. The then 20-year-old apprentice spent three and a half years under the instruction of a mentor before he went off on his own.

It didn’t take long for Cone to become a desired farrier. With the freedom and willingness to take on the extraordinary clients, Cone found himself flying to an account on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), and to an Olympic Champion in Florida at times of competition, along with a myriad of destinations in Connecticut and the East Coast. [Read more…]

Agriscience college and career fair a huge success

CN-MR-1-AgriscienceThe Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair.  The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation. [Read more…]