Diversity is important in ecosystems, stock portfolios and farm sustainability. The Tangerini family demonstrates success with diverse enterprises at their 67-acre farm in Millis, MA. Neighbors and visitors treasure the open space and support this diverse agricultural operation west of Boston. Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm is a model for open space preservation for landowners who want to see their land remain productive while sharing it with future generations. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H selected 30 4-H’ers to represent Vermont at the show. They competed in both fitting and showmanship classes, where exhibitors 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. Awards also were presented by breed for state herds with Vermont winning first place for Brown Swiss and Holstein and fourth for Ayrshire. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VA — Several Vermont 4-H’ers had an opportunity to represent the state in dairy competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA recently.
In the general dairy knowledge contest, held Sept. 17, Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier placed fifth overall in the senior division. Sharon Palmer of Weybridge came in 7th. In the junior division, Elizabeth Menard of Fairfield was 7th and Lillianne Seward of East Wallingford, 9th. All dairy exhibitors were required to take part in this contest. [Read more…]
DURHAM, NH — The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire will celebrate the opening of the new facility for the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (NHVDL) at a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility near the Macfarlane Greenhouses at Main Street and North Drive. Following a welcome from key personnel involved with the project, the public is invited to tour the facility. [Read more…]
Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
Harvesting hay can be very dangerous: A 61-year-old catches his sweatshirt in a hay baler and is killed. A 43-year-old farmer catches his arm in the PTO of a self-unloading wagon. The amputated arm cannot be reattached because it is mangled too badly. A 57-year-old man dies of internal injuries when caught in a hay baler. A 50-year-old is crushed to death by a load of hay that topples from a farm wagon as a flat tire is being changed. An 18-year-old falls into the beaters of a self-unloading wagon. Almost two hours go by before the victim is found. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Consumers are more aware and concerned about the use of antibiotics in livestock than ever before, and some of those concerns are valid.
Dr. Mike Apley, boarded clinical pharmacologist and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, says that many factors led to the veterinary feed directive or VFD; a topic of much discussion lately among livestock producers.
“It all started back in the 1960s with the concerns about the use of antibiotics in feed for livestock,” said Apley. “There have been numerous reports and studies through that time, waxing and waning, and interest continues to build now.” [Read more…]