They took part in both fitting and showmanship classes in which they are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal and in conformation classes where the animal is evaluated on body condition and appearance. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, Stanley Higgins bought a farm in Charleston, Maine for the sum of $1,500. Today, Maple Lane Farms is run by Higgin’s grandson, Barry, and Barry’s son and daughter. It is home to a 130-head dairy operation, a state-of-the-art slaughter and smoking facility, and Central Maine Team Penning. [Read more…]
by Laura Rodley
The chickens at Lucky B Farm lay their eggs according to the sun’s schedule. At peak season in summer, they lay 12 to 15 dozen a day. Right now as the sun sets lower in the sky earlier at night, they are laying three dozen eggs a day. As their laying schedule is determined solely by natural light, there are no lights kept on in their shed at night.
“I like my birds to be natural,” said farm owner Dennis Bruffee, best known as Denny. He bought the farm in 1984. [Read more…]
For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]
“More cows doesn’t always mean more profit,” Victor Shelton, Grazing Specialist and Agronomist with NRCS, said. “It is due to increased cost, increased input, to maintain that number. More moderate stocking rates, usually are more profitable.”
Shelton discussed the relationship between carrying capacity, stocking rates, and winter-feeding costs in a recent webinar, “Alternative Stewardship Strategies for Winter Feeding.” [Read more…]
BOSTON, MA – Under a recent declaration made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 11 Massachusetts counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and three counties as contiguous natural disaster area counties due to crop losses, particularly of tree fruits like peaches, caused by frost and freeze occurring between February and May. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA – A four-year-old Ayrshire was named Supreme Champion Cow of the Premier National Junior Show on Sept. 19, during the 2016 All-American Dairy Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Cedarcut Burdette Clove C, exhibited by Erin Curtis Szalach, Cazenovia, NY, is the supreme champion. [Read more…]
Farmers from all agricultural sectors within the Connecticut River Watershed in both New Hampshire and Vermont are invited to join in sustaining the environmental health of the watershed through a membership in the newly convened Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance (CRWFA). [Read more…]