In late winter of each year dairyman in the six New England States are treated to an update on the latest trends in dairying presented by one or more leaders in the field. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Gabriella A. Varga, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University with Dr. Sheila Andrew of the Dept. of Animal Science at UConn acting as moderator. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Not every horse owner can or wants to keep a horse on their property. For them, a boarding facility may be the next best option.
Boarding barns vary widely as far as what they offer their clients, but the number one consideration for most potential boarders is cost. As you visit different barns, keep in mind that cost doesn’t always reflect the level of care. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
If you grow corn, soy, or small grains, you may want to rethink your rotations. No matter if you no-till or low-till, or use manure or inorganic fertilizers, you soil health is probably lacking. A focus on living soils is regaining renewed traction with dust storms in the Midwest, drought in the West, and hypoxia from runoff causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is a contributor, and decreasing the impact from our farms is imperative. [Read more…]
Four generations of Rose’s have been lured to Red Apple Farm, drawn by the beauty of its apple orchard, the freshness of its air, the promise of earning a living working outside and having a great place to raise their families. Luring others to experience the same beauty, and satisfying thrill of picking crisp apples by inviting them as customers to their farm keeps their farm vital. [Read more…]
The Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) kicked off their first show of the season April 15-17 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the premier reining horse competition in Massachusetts known as the Northeast Spring Spin Banquet of Champions & Pro-Am Event. There were a total of 118 horses, primarily of the American Quarter Horse breed, displaying how responsive and in tune they were with the rider by performing precise patterns of circles, spins and stops. The top performers earned cash purses of up to $500 or points towards an end of season total to earn the right to be called a champion. [Read more…]
Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.
Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.
Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Organic dairies and conventional dairies that maximize grazing are at an advantage in the marketplace. Consumers are willing to pay more for products identified as been grass fed and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Both are natural benefits for milk and meat cattle largely raised on pasture and forage.
A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose omega-3 products over others,” said Melissa Bainbridge, a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]
Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.
In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.
Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]