BOXBOROUGH, MA — Crocus sativus, better know as the saffron crocus, produces the well known spice saffron, which is used in culinary and medicinal applications around the world. This unique spice is known by many but grown by few. Researchers at the University of Vermont are hoping to change this. The world-renowned spice comes from the three tiny stigmas found in each flower of the saffron crocus. New research done by Margaret Skinner, Research Professor at the University of Vermont, shows that this cash crop could be viable in the northeast. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
In recent years cover crops have gained in popularity. Cover crops improve nutrient cycling in the soil, improve water infiltration, attract pollinators and aid erosion control and weed management. However, organic producers have limited options for terminating these crops once they are established. Herbicides are not an option. Producers following no-till practices often find that mowing is marginally successful in terminating some cover crops. [Read more…]
The Equine Affaire is famous for introducing the public to a multitude of horse breeds.
For the second year, members of The Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society (CHHAPS) delighted crowds with their Canadian Horse demonstration and held a booth to educate the public about the Canadian Horse. [Read more…]
ROCKPORT, ME — Getting into the Christmas spirit can be tough, but what better way to start than by taking a picture with a Belted Galloway calf. “Take a selfie with a Beltie” was just one of the events at Aldermere Farm’s 12th Annual Beltie Holiday. Aldermere Farm is part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and host events throughout the year on the farm. [Read more…]
Hampshire College in Amherst, MA was the site of the 2016 National Conference of The Livestock Conservancy in November. In the mid-seventies a group of concerned individuals met to discuss the future of the many breeds of livestock that were fading from the scene for a wide range of reasons. This alarming trend prompted the group to form the American Minor Breeds Conservancy dedicated to the preservation of all domestic livestock whose numbers were dwindling and possibly threatened with extinction. [Read more…]
ST. ALBANS, VT — Santa traded in his sleigh for a tractor at the third annual holiday tractor parade that was held on Friday, Dec. 9. Crowds gathered to watch the parade of over 45 farm tractors decorated for the season with holiday lights and more as they made their way from the farm fields to Main Street. [Read more…]
Why do some calves not receive adequate antibody protection even though they’ve had colostrum?
“We’re breeding these animals so that colostrum is there,” said Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science at Penn State University. “The day before calving in a perfect world, the cow has filtered all of these proteins into the mammary gland. [Read more…]
“Climate is an issue when it comes to managing animals,” Michael Westendorf, Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, said in a recent webinar presentation.
Every species handles temperature extremes in a different manner. [Read more…]