Attendees flock to Walpole, MA for inaugural Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum

CN-29-4-Attendees-4095by Paul Burdziakowski

The first biennial Southern New England Shepherd’s Forum was held March 5 at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA. A total of 108 attendees from all over New England came together for the opportunity to network with each other and learn about a wide range of topics within the sheep industry. The event offered plenty of activities to take part in for both adults and children including informative lectures, hands-on workshops and industry vendors. [Read more…]

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England

by Diana Mendes

A new USDA processing facility, The Livestock Institute of Southern New England (TLI) will break ground late spring 2016. The Institute will include a slaughterhouse, butcher shop, smokehouse and retail store to be centrally located in Westport, MA. TLI Board member David Brownell stated, “There is a huge demand for locally raised meat and the lack of local processing is holding the growth of livestock producers back. Farmers don’t want to drive four and a half hours to have livestock processed”. [Read more…]

Kids have “eggs-tra” fun time competing in poultry contests

CN-4H-1-Poultry-ski1llJOHNSON, VT — For 4-H members enrolled in the poultry project, March 5 was an “egg-citing” day as they competed for prizes at the annual University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Poultry Quiz Bowl and Skill-a-thon at Johnson State College in Johnson.

The youths competed in groups based on their level of poultry knowledge. The top four finishers in each division received awards and prizes including poultry magazines and educational materials. [Read more…]

Training horses comes naturally for Cody Brown

CM-4-Cody-Brown14by Jennie Rucker

Around and around the pen went the horse, changing direction or changing its gait in response to subtle cues given by the rider on its back. Cody Brown was working hard, doing what comes very naturally to him, getting the best out of the horses under his care and training. This young man was really challenging the horse to perform, but doing it very patiently and persistently. Cody Brown is only 22 years old but he has been training horses since he was 13. [Read more…]