Local dairy farm conserves grassland bird habitat

CN-RP-25-3-Local-dairy-farm3In a first-time partnership effort, Gold Top Dairy Farm of Knox Ridge collaborated with the Somerset and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation Districts this summer to conserve more than 40 acres of active hayland as grassland bird habitat. Gold Top Farm is run by brothers Mike and Greg Ingraham and their wives Jackie and Shirley, Greg’s son, Isaac and employee, Alex Green. The farm, started in 1876 and now on its fourth generation, is an icon in the town of Knox, and consists of 1,400 acres. The Ingrahams milk 400 cows. [Read more…]

Hops can be toxic to dogs

CE-MR-1-Hops-can-be-toxic1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When most folks think of “Angus” they conjure up visions of a juicy steak — or at least a herd of beef cattle grazing contentedly in a pasture.

But to the Boone/Tenney family in Westerlo, NY, ‘Angus’ is the name of a beloved, 8 year-old, Black Labrador Retriever, who recently, was nearly lost due to the ingestion of ‘spent grains’ containing hops, a primary ingredient for producing beer. [Read more…]

Getting rid of the dirt: pastured poultry

CW-MR-50-1-Getting-rid-of-the-dirt1by Tamara Scully

Poultry can easily damage pasture. If not managed correctly, nutrient loading, bare soil and erosion can occur. Unfortunately, not all pastured poultry producers are actually managing their pastures. [Read more…]

Seventeen breeds of sheep represented at 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show

CN-MR-43-3-NEYSS-sheep-sho1w4616by Paul Burdziakowski

The 32nd annual Northeast Youth Sheep Show (NEYSS) and the New England Private Treaty Sale took place July 14-17 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day event, which featured New England youths practicing their sheep showmanship skills and top breeders selling various breeds of sheep. [Read more…]

Wholey Cow Farm

CN-MR-33-3-Wholey-Cow89318by Laura Rodley

Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, MA is now ready to sell raw milk. The long awaited labels featuring a handsome cow with a halo arrived on Friday, July 8. They already had the cows, two caramel colored Jerseys and their calves. John and Jane Wholey own the farm and yes, the name Wholey is pronounced, “holy.”

His father Lawrence bought three parcels in 1922, first in Conway and later in Shelburne, running the farms together as Ferry Farm. Having been busy working for the Boston and Maine Railroad since 1909, his father used hired help. [Read more…]