A winter farrowing

CN-MR-2-A winter farrowing 1by Lorraine Strenkowski

With a little planning, a winter farrowing can be just as successful as a warm weather one. Sows’ living and birthing quarters should be top priority: warm, dry accommodations are the key components to the survival rate of sows and their piglets. Much like a human, a pig that gets cold and wet often gets sick. The common cold or even pneumonia is not unheard of and a pregnant sow can be much more vulnerable to the elements. [Read more…]

Maine Open Farm Days, 2013 Round-Up

by Terry Lynn Colligan
During the past three seasons, Maine farmers have played host to a number of Open Farm Day events across this state. These events have been held for the past 24 years. On certain selected weekends, Maine farmers open their farms to the public for the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a working farm. Open Farm Days help the consumer to learn more about local agriculture.

During 2013 nearly 100 Maine farmers participated in these events that were held on various dates during the year. [Read more…]

Native warm season grass benefits: forage, hay, biofuel, wildlife

CEW-MR-1-Native grassesby Tamara Scully
Native warm season grasses are playing a growing role in pasture management. These multi-use grasses are a primary way of establishing and maintaining wildlife habitat, are used for biofuel, and are being promoted for use under drought conditions. Recent research at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Grasslands Management has demonstrated that native warm season grasses are a viable and profitable alternative for grazing and forage systems in the Northeastern United States. [Read more…]

Connolly brothers: Dairy and more

CN-MR-2-Connolly 1by Tamara Scully

At Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm, in Temple, NH, the three Connolly brothers have returned home to the dairy farm. Determined to grow the dairy business, expand farm operations, and continue the second-generation farm, brothers Chris, Mike and Patrick — along wife wives Jennifer, Cindi, and Jill — have a returned to the 100 acre home farm. Their parents began dairying when the boys were young. [Read more…]

FDA ruling on antibiotics in animal feed

by George Looby, DVM

For decades there has been a strong difference of opinion among various vested groups regarding the merits of adding antibiotics to animal feeds for the purpose of increasing feed efficiency and minimizing the effects of possible low grade infections especially in young growing animals. Animal scientists and those engaged in food animal production have long held that the economic benefits of feed additives outweigh any possible adverse effects to the consumer. Many consumers on the other hand view the use of antimicrobials in animal feed as leading to increased microbial resistance to those important antibiotics used on a regular basis in human medicine, leading to greater resistance. [Read more…]