State dairy 4-H’ers compete in various events at Big E

BURLINGTON, VA — Several Vermont 4-H’ers had an opportunity to represent the state in dairy competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA recently.

In the general dairy knowledge contest, held Sept. 17, Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier placed fifth overall in the senior division. Sharon Palmer of Weybridge came in 7th. In the junior division, Elizabeth Menard of Fairfield was 7th and Lillianne Seward of East Wallingford, 9th. All dairy exhibitors were required to take part in this contest. [Read more…]

Public welcome to visit new facility for NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

CN-RP-1-NH-NEW-VET-LAB_11Open House set for Oct. 14

DURHAM, NH — The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire will celebrate the opening of the new facility for the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (NHVDL) at a public open house Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility near the Macfarlane Greenhouses at Main Street and North Drive. Following a welcome from key personnel involved with the project, the public is invited to tour the facility. [Read more…]

Farmers and Wildlife: finding the balance

CN-FH-1-Farmers-and-wildlife11by Tamara Scully

Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]

Farm Safety Tip – Hay Harvest Safety

Harvesting hay can be very dangerous: A 61-year-old catches his sweatshirt in a hay baler and is killed. A 43-year-old farmer catches his arm in the PTO of a self-unloading wagon. The amputated arm cannot be reattached because it is mangled too badly. A 57-year-old man dies of internal injuries when caught in a hay baler. A 50-year-old is crushed to death by a load of hay that topples from a farm wagon as a flat tire is being changed. An 18-year-old falls into the beaters of a self-unloading wagon. Almost two hours go by before the victim is found. [Read more…]

Dairy herd management and methane production

by Tamara Scully

Climate change has become a focus of the dairy industry, both because climate change will impact dairy herd performance and because dairy herds impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Not only do dairy farmers have to worry about protecting their cows from the impacts of climate change; they also have to worry about the carbon footprint of the herd. [Read more…]