Franklin County Farm Bureau’s Inaugural Tractor Ride

CN-MR-36-3-Inaugural-Franklin1-Country-8229by Laura Rodley

The weather was perfect for haying; dry and sunny, with a couple consecutive days beyond for drying the cut grass. But David Freeman had something else in mind for his 1958 Ford Workmaster tractor. He unhitched it in the morning and rode it in the Franklin County Farm Bureau (FCFB)’s Inaugural Tractor Ride, joining 21 other tractors for the June 25 event. And he still planned on haying that afternoon, despite the 30-mile ride back and forth from his hometown in Heath, MA to nearby the Hilltowns. [Read more…]

62nd AHANE “Big Money” show helps riders qualify for Region 16 Championship

CN-MS-46-1-Horse-Showby Paul Burdziakowski

The Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) held their 62nd annual show June 30 through July 2 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. The three-day event qualifies many New England riders for the Region 16 Championship in Syracuse, NY.

The AHANE is a regional club in New England, which is a part of the larger national association known as the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). The AHANE was formed in 1954 to encourage breeding, exhibiting and promotion of the Arabian Horse. [Read more…]

New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]

Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

Keeping the memories alive at Stoney Hill Cattle Co.

CN-MR-39-3-StoneyHill625by Kristen M. Castrataro

When you own a beef operation, it may seem counter-intuitive to name all of your cattle. That kind of personal touch is just one of many that have endeared Stoney Hill Cattle Co. in Charlestown, RI to their customers and their community.

In 1955, Ben Luchka purchased a dairy farm on what is now Stoney Hill Cattle Co. (SHCC). The owner of a paper mill, he had rented land for years, hoping for an opportunity to buy. He jumped at the chance. In the 1960’s he shifted his business model from dairy to beef and sheep. [Read more…]