Poultry production not only occurs in large commercial flocks, it is also finding a resurgence among small-scale farmers and backyard producers. No matter where or how the birds are raised, common poultry diseases are a concern. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and collecting samples to make a positive diagnosis, can go a long way in insuring poultry health. [Read more…]
New England Farm Weekly
Faye Whitney of Whitney Acre Farms started out with two Shetlands and now owns 27, the largest flock of registered Shetlands in Massachusetts. Currently the executive secretary of the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association, she has served on the Board of Directors and been the secretary for 12 years. Shetlands caught her interest in 1993. “I inherited my family farm, and we were down to just two horses. My husband (Phil Lussier) and I thought we should have livestock, and keep sheep to keep brush down.” Their Ashfield, MA farm was started by her great-great grandfather, Walter Lesure, who also raised sheep that appear to have been Merinos, according to an old photo, notes Whitney. She is the fifth generation to work the land.
She located the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy that promoted and protected heritage breeds, and decided, “Let’s get a minor breed and do a good thing.” [Read more…]
How do you properly feed a horse? With so many feed, supplement and hay choices available, many people find themselves wondering exactly what their horse needs for good health and nutrition. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The demand for organic corn, soy, and wheat for both feed and food markets is increasing. According to United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s data, organic corn acreage has increased 24 percent since 2011. Soy has shown a modest three percent increase during this same time. While organic wheat acreage decreased by three percent, overall wheat acreage in the United States also declined during that timeframe. [Read more…]
If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy operation, dairy-beef production could be a natural fit.
“Sometimes it is hard to convince dairy farmers that they are also beef farmers. After all, think about where the cows go at the end of their life. The better care they receive, the higher value they will have at that point,” said Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.