Alternate ingredients for organic pastured broiler chickens

CEW-MR-1-Organic Chickens 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

For small-scale organic farms, pastured broiler chickens may offer valuable contributions in a crop rotation program. Chickens contribute to soil fertility. Farm-produced cereal grains like Naked or Hulless Oats offer valuable supplements to organic poultry diets.

Organic produce growers will often raise non-organic pastured poultry because of the high costs of organic feed. Loyal customers who know their farmer and trust their practices buy these pastured birds rather than seek certified organic birds. [Read more…]

Forage suitability groups: finally taking root?

C4-MR-2-Forage suitability 1by Tamara Scully

“There are very few states where Natural Resources Conservation Services staff have developed and completed all Forage Suitability Groups (FSGs) for their state,” Kevin Ogles, grazing specialist with NRCS said. “There are not any NRCS states in the Eastern U.S. that have completed them. However, recently most Eastern U.S. NRCS states have begun the process and will have them completed in a few years.” [Read more…]

Is the team approach right for your dairy?

C4-MR-1-Is the team 1by Sally Colby

While the ‘team’ concept might sound like something from a sports league, the term also applies to dairies that want to work together for everyone’s good.

Dairy profit teams have been used effectively on dairies of many sizes. Dairies that have formed teams have found that team approach help everyone who is associated with that farm: the veterinarian, lender, nutritionist, agronomist all work together effectively for better profit. [Read more…]

No Farmers, No Food calendar

CN-MR-3-No Farmers 3by Melody Reynolds

For many years, Santa’s Elves has been working with chefs, local businesses and farmers to feed Rhode Island’s homeless population. The mission started with a woman who wanted to provide meals, toiletries and clothing to Rhode Island homeless and to assist families with children at Christmas. [Read more…]

Eastern Connecticut’s hoof trimmer

CN-MR-2-Eastern 1by Lorraine Strenkowski

Richard Weingart grew up on a dairy farm in North Franklin, CT. In 1986, after his father’s decision to take advantage of the government’s buy-out program, Richard, 27 years old at the time, found himself a farmer without a farm. In keeping with his agricultural background, Weingart sought out and apprenticed with a hoof trimmer. You might think ‘horses’ but this trimmer was strictly dealing with cows. After two months of actively pursuing his goal, Weingart felt confident enough to continue on his own. [Read more…]