New England Juniors shine at National Holstein Convention

CN-MR-1-HOLSEIN-CON011by Erin Norris

This past June 13 New England Juniors traveled to the National Holstein Convention in St. Charles, IL. The National Holstein Convention takes place every year in different states around the country. The New England Junior delegation was selected last October at the New [Read more…]

Keewaydin Farm in Stowe named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year

CN-DY-1-VT-DAIRY-FOY_011by Lisa Halvorsen, Freelance agricultural journalist for University of Vermont Extension

Keewaydin Farm, on the outskirts of Stowe village, looks like a typical Vermont dairy farm. Its tidy white farmhouse and well-maintained barns and silos suggest a farm rooted in tradition.

But owners Les and Claire Pike are quick to embrace innovation, being among the first in the state to adopt the latest technology on their 141-head registered Jersey farm. They’re also passionate about their animals, their land and keeping their farm viable for the next generation, all reasons why this farm was selected as the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. [Read more…]

The cow goes where its nose goes: Part Two

CN-MR-1-The-cow-goes2-8711Part 2: training cattle for routine handling

by Sally Colby

When you’re working cattle in a chute, perhaps near the barn or close to the road, would a visitor have a good first impression?

Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension, says what the casual observer perceives is a good reflection of cattle handling skills. [Read more…]

Trade-offs in bull selection

CE-MR-2-Trade-offs-in-bull1by Steve Wagner

In the mid-1950s western movie masterpiece Giant, which was about Texas, an Oklahoma world champion Brangus bull, two-fifths Brahma and three-fifths Angus, named Clear View King Tut, had his 15 seconds of fame in the movie by merely standing in front of the Victorian-style ranch house. Author John Wooley, in his book Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema, chronicles Tut’s epic Hollywood appearance. [Read more…]

‘Hereford Nation’ breaks records

The Hereford Nation took Grand Island, NE, by storm as it hosted the record-setting 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event June 27-July 3, more than 800 youth from 38 states exhibited a record-number 1,441 entries. [Read more…]