Manure management system evaluation

CEWN-MR-2-Manure1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Livestock manure used to be considered waste. Today, landowners have many choices for handling manure using traditional waste storage structures, on-farm manure application and innovative manure management and treatment systems. The manure management needs and local regulations are unique to every farm. [Read more…]

Bridgmont Farm

CN-MR-3-Brigmont3728by Laura Rodley

Peter and Mary Montague own Bridgmont Farm, which was started in 1786 by an ancestor, Elisha Bridgman. Peter grew up on Bridgmont Farm located in Westfield, MA and Mary grew up on Fitzgerald’s Farm, which was owned by her father, in nearby Ashfield. At the time, both were dairy farms. [Read more…]

Barefooting and beyond

CN-MR-3-Barefooting7432by Lorraine Strenkowski

Rodney Cone of Lebanon, CT started shoeing horses in 1989. The then 20-year-old apprentice spent three and a half years under the instruction of a mentor before he went off on his own.

It didn’t take long for Cone to become a desired farrier. With the freedom and willingness to take on the extraordinary clients, Cone found himself flying to an account on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), and to an Olympic Champion in Florida at times of competition, along with a myriad of destinations in Connecticut and the East Coast. [Read more…]

Agriscience college and career fair a huge success

CN-MR-1-AgriscienceThe Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair.  The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation. [Read more…]

Dairy and Beef Market Roundup as of October 2014 Beef surges, Butter slides

CEWN-MR-1-Market roundup graphby Sherry Bunting

It is fall roundup time, and cattle feeders are paying ever-higher prices for placements in the face of a bumper crop of corn, coupled with the smallest calf crop coming to market in at least five decades.

As of July 1, the U.S. All Cattle and Calf Inventory (beef and dairy) was 95 million head — down 3 percent from last year and the lowest since 1973. There were fewer cattle of all classes, except a 1 percent increase in milk cow numbers. [Read more…]