The Big E 2015

CN-MR-3-BIG-E-2971by Laura Rodley

The Big E is a major sleight of hand in organizing. During the week, each set of animals are led in, judged, and then moved out so the next set can move in.

In the sheep department over 800 meat sheep were judged from Friday to Tuesday, according to Nancy Miniter who mans the sheep desk. After much pondering and discussion by the judges, the winner of Supreme Champion Ram was Evan Syme of South Windsor, CT, with a Polled Dorset lamb out of the champions of every breed that had won over the last few days. After the meat sheep breeds and their owners moved out, the wool sheep moved in.   [Read more…]

The 4th Annual Farmstead Fair

CN-MR-2-FAIRSTEAD-FAIR_greenhouse1by George Looby, DVM

The Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) presented its 4th annual Farmstead Fair on the grounds of the Tolland County Agricultural Center on RT 20 in Vernon, CT recently. This organization’s goal is to create shared, inclusive living experience for individuals with and without developmental disabilities. [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA member wins National award

CN-MR-1-WOODBURY-FAA-rob1Rob Losee of Watertown, member of the Woodbury FFA (For the Future of Agriculture) Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, has recently been named a National Finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. [Read more…]

Open gates ~ New York farm wins inaugural CAB Ambassador Award

CEW-MR-1-Open-Gates2c1by Miranda Reiman

Most cattlemen don’t find themselves displaying bulls in a suburban grocery store parking lot or hosting meat cutters in their pastures, but that’s become as routine to Phil Trowbridge and his son PJ as breeding cows or clipping sale bulls.

“Anytime we call Phil, and ask for anything —and we ask for some crazy things — he’s always game,” says Deanna Walenciak, Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand marketing director. [Read more…]