Sponsorship efforts produce $7,500 in prizes at Massachusetts Quarter Horse Show

CN-38-3-MQHA-horse-show4508-1copyby Paul Burdziakowski 

The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) held their annual show May 19-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day show, which featured competitive riders and their American Quarter Horse breeds competing in a full slate of classes and plenty of prizes up for grabs.

Northampton, MA has been the site of the MQHA spring show since it first started but due to a scheduling conflict this year they had to find a new home and new dates. [Read more…]

RI Mushroom Co.: “Growers and purveyors of exotic mushrooms”

CN-MR-57-3-RI-Mushroom2by Kristen M. Castrataro

Growing in a damp forest understory, emerging from the sides of stately trees, or showing up in brilliant colors on the side of a walking trail, mushrooms are a miracle. Their colors, shapes, and sizes are almost as limitless as their flavors. Golden Oysters brighten the palate, tasting as sunny as they look. Blue Oysters are subtle and mild, a mushroom for people who think they dislike mushrooms. For the best in these, and so much more, the RI Mushroom Company in South Kingstown, RI is the place to go. [Read more…]

Have bees, will travel

CN-42-3-Sells-Beesby Laura Rodley

Pollinators fear not. Master Beekeeper Nancy Mangion has got your back. When you purchase bees from Mangion, owner of Beekeepers’ Warehouse in Woburn MA, she does all she can to make sure the buyer has the knowledge they need to make their bees thrive. She mentors beekeepers from all over New England.

Mangion studied beekeeping at Cornell University, and earned her Master Beekeeper certificate in 2009. “It’s very difficult. There’s only about four of us in the northeast,” she said. [Read more…]

No-till: It’s just so easy

CN-DY-26-3-No-till3The 400 acres of hay ground and 220 acres of corn at Fairfield Dairy Farm in Williamstown, MA are set among sweeping vistas of the Berkshire Hills. The beauty belies the challenges faced by the five generations of the Galusha family who have farmed this rugged land. Jay Galusha, who, with other family members, milks 240 cows, has found a solution with the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. [Read more…]

Beef cattle disease

by Tamara Scully

The Veterinary Feed Directive, going into effect fully in Jan. 1, 2017, will change the way producers handle some common treatments for diseases. Any medically important antibiotics will have to be prescribed by a veterinarian. But before cattle get sick, vaccination is a preventative step available for many diseases.

Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, recently discussed common cattle diseases, prevention and treatments. The top disease concerns, ranging in severity, are: bovine respiratory disease; diarrheal disease; reproductive disease; and muscoskeletal disease. Vector diseases, transmitted by a bite, typically from a fly or tick, are also of concern. [Read more…]