Diversifying works for Red Gate Farm

CN-MR-12-1-RED-GATE-FARMby Laura Rodley
Nigerian Dwarf goats frolic and school children get a chance to gather eggs, plants seeds, put up fencing, and drive Joe the Milking Shorthorn ox at Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, MA. Like many other farms that diversify, the farm also hosts wedding receptions in its three story circa 1870 barn. Recently, owner and Farm Director Ben Murray went over his things to do list to be ready for hosting the reception of his neighbor, Naomi Clark, who was married two days to Craig Richter.

“We’re honored she would choose us,” said Murray. [Read more…]

More for less in pastures

CN-RP-26-1-more-for-less-alfalfaMultispecies pastures show productivity, drought tolerant promise

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources.

  1. Howard Skinner has been researching this idea of more for less in agriculture. Skinner is a physiological plant ecologist and member of the USDA-ARS-Pasture System and Watershed Management Research Unit. He’s been looking into how to increase the amount of forage (grasses and plants that animals eat) pastures can grow. If a piece of land can produce more forage, it can feed more cows. More cows mean more beef and milk.

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Missing/stolen Pinzgauer bull

CN-MR-5-1-Missing-bull1On Saturday July 23, 2016 a Pinzgauer Bull went missing from Harrison, Maine.

It is now assumed he was stolen. Please be on the lookout for him.

He is a 3-year old Registered Pinzgauer bull.

Left Ear Tattoo: PRF 08A. He is halter broke and has been shown. His name is PRF Tiko and he is very friendly.

Tiko weighs about 1,300 lbs, moderate frame. He breaks/dips behind the shoulders.

If you have any information concering Tiko, please contact: Clayton and Kathy Haskell at Pleasant River Farm, 9 Harriet Ave., Windham, Maine 04062, call 217-892-5396 or email: prfpinz@myfairpoint.net . [Read more…]

Association of New England Ox Teamsters, Inc. brings annual event to North Haverhill Fairgrounds

CN-MR-49-3-Assn-NE-Oxen-2by Alice H. Allen

NORTH HAVERHILL, NH — If you were expecting to see a good selection of working oxen you would have hit the jackpot the weekend of July 15 through 18 at the North Haverhill Fairgrounds. All told there were 188 teams entered with the option of participating in 24 classes during that three-day event. In the past participation by 50 to 75 teams was considered respectable. With this 2016 event the bar has been raised for future ox teamster gatherings. [Read more…]

Agri-science schools and the FFA experience

CN-MR-38-2-agri-science-schoolsby Lorraine Strenkowski                

With your farm child already amazingly proficient at chores, field work and animal science; you look toward their future. Choosing a high school can be a difficult decision. Magnet schools, technical schools, performing arts or vocational schools are all valid choices. Is it worth going to an agri-science school when your child is showing great success here on the farm already? [Read more…]