What I now know about turkeys

CN-MR-2-TURKEYS11by Hope Holland

My agricultural background rests firmly in the equine area. However, with the impending Thanksgiving holiday and the looming threat of bird flu I was pressed into service to find a turkey breeder willing to allow a stranger onto their farm to take a picture of a turkey for a cover.

I learned very quickly that in the face of not only the avian flu outbreak but also the possibility of animal rights activists, the breeders of turkeys, whose main crop after all will be greatly in demand at this time, are not welcoming of strangers. I can’t say that I blame them, come to think of it. I know that if I had a crop of fancy sales yearlings headed for a major horse sale I would be cautious too. But it did mean that I couldn’t just hit the Internet, call a few of the listed turkey farms and expect a welcome mat to be laid out at the end of the farm driveway. [Read more…]

A possible link between human breast cancer and bovine leucosis

by George Looby, DVM

The cause(s) of breast cancer in humans continues to elude researchers in their ongoing quest for answers to the many possible factors that may contribute to its development. This devastating disease has been recognized for many years with many of the world’s best and brightest minds searching for answers that will lead not just to a cure but more importantly to the cause. Here the question arises as to whether it is one disease or does it have many contributing factors which, when interacting, give rise to the condition that clinicians are trained to recognize. [Read more…]

Putting MOVE in the Movement

CW-MR-2-NESAWG41721NESAWG annual It Takes A Region conference

by Katie Navarra

Putting MOVE in the Movement. Effecting change. That was the theme of the 2015 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) annual conference, which took place Nov. 12-14.

Prominent activists and advocates Shirley Sherrod, the executive director of the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, and Andy Bichlbaum, of the YES MEN, offered conference attendees insight into diverse strategies that have been successfully used to influence change. [Read more…]

Dietary guidelines: hold your beef

by Tamara Scully

The “sustainability” equation has officially been disregarded by the USDA’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), much to the satisfaction of many players in the dairy and beef industries. The original request for “sustainability” to be included in the update to the Guidelines — which are mandated under 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (NNMRRA) and updated every five years — was ultimately denied.

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2015 New England Holstein Convention

CN-RP-2-NE-HOLSTEIN-CON_021Submitted by Erin Norris

On Oct. 23 and 24, juniors from all over New England gathered for the 2015 New England Holstein Convention. This year’s convention was held in Massachusetts and based out of the Hotel UMass. Youth attend this convention to qualify to compete at the National Holstein Convention, held every year in June.

Youth competed in many different activities in an effort to qualify for the national convention. Eighteen youth competed in rounds of Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and took a written test to try and qualify for spots on the Dairy Bowl teams and in the National Dairy Jeopardy Contest. [Read more…]