On the 21st century farm, authentic horsepower can fill a need

CEW-MR-3-Iron-Hoof31by Pat Malin

LEE CENTER, NY — As a schoolboy, David Steinbach relished studying American history and life in rural New York State.

Then in the 1990s, armed with an engineering degree from Virginia Tech University, he entered the business world. Unfortunately, it meant leaving behind his passions. In 2006, after a frustrating spell sitting behind a desk, he made an abrupt about face. [Read more…]

Creating an added-value dairy

CM-MR-2-SIMPLY-NATURAL_05861by Sally Colby

Neil Moye and his brother David had been raising crops and livestock in Greene County, North Carolina for close to 30 years, but they hadn’t tried dairy farming. A couple of Jersey cows changed that.“We had a little two-stanchion barn and my boys did the milking with a bucket milker,” said Neil.“We did that for several years and as the boys started to get older, they continued their interest in dairy farming.” [Read more…]

Spectators keep cool at 26th Annual Horse Show

CN-MR-2-CT-Classic121by Paul Burdziakowski
The Connecticut Summer Classic Horse Show took place July 30–Aug. 1 just as Western Massachusetts experienced its hottest temperatures of the season. The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA provided a comfortably cool setting for participants and spectators to get out of the heat and into the coliseum to watch some spirited competition. [Read more…]

Champion Row

CN-MR-3-CHAMPION-ROW__1131by Laura Rodley

Many exhibitors’ animals and exhibits won first prizes and championships at the 98th Annual Heath Fair. But everyone participating was a champion, carrying on the tradition of farming and hard work and supporting 4-H members. The theme of this year’s traditional Sunday parade was “Farm and Forest, Then and Now.” For many, the fair is an annual homecoming, attended this year by over 4,000 people. [Read more…]

Five 4-H teamsters eligible to compete at Eastern States Expo

CN-MR-1-4-H-WORKING-STEER-011BURLINGTON, VT — Five Vermont 4-H’ers in the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H working steer project have qualified to participate in regional competition this fall.

Hayden Lyford, Krystin and Madison Skoda (from Randolph, VT) and Analiese and Caleb Morvan (Northfield, VT) will represent the state at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September. Joey Ferris of Braintree also qualified but because he is only eight, he does not meet the age requirement to compete at the next level. [Read more…]