Conway Farms: a quiet model of manure management

CE-MR-3-Conway-Farms11by Pat Malin

TURIN, NY — John (Jack) Conway ran a modest dairy farm operation for two decades and seldom considered manure management. Around 1980, he constructed an earthen manure pit and it fit his needs for another 20 years.

When the next generation came along and expanded dairy operations, the strategy of manure management not only became more complicated, it needed to conform to newer state regulations. [Read more…]

Diversity and success at raw milk micro dairy

CN-MR-3-WOTTON-FARM_02221by Tamara Scully

At Wotton Farm, in Ossipee, NH farmers Joel and Kathey Wotton operate a raw milk micro dairy. They milk twice each day, bottling the raw milk and separating the cream to make butter, aged cheeses and yogurt. These products are sold directly to the consumer, either from their farm stand, or at the farmers’ market. “I usually make cheese one or two times per week, butter one or two times per week and yogurt once per week. Then we have a market one day a week,” Kathey Wotton said, “we also make time to help customers, so when a customer arrives we go out to the farm stand.” [Read more…]

Lead Line rivals Paris

CN-MR-3-LEAD-LINES-21961by Laura Rodley

Haute couture in Paris has met its match and more at the 41st annual Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, as women and children and a few young men, dressed in their woolen finery, lead their sheep during the Lead Line competition. [Read more…]

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show

CN-MR-3-Loobyfleece31by George Looby

The last Saturday in April has long been the date for the Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show and so it was again this year. The show was held on the grounds of the Tolland Agricultural Center located in Vernon, CT on April 25 on a near perfect spring day. [Read more…]

Drone use in agriculture

CM-MR-3-DRONE-USE-1141191by Bill and Mary Weaver

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are seen by many as a new, transformative tool used in precision agriculture. The UAVs potential lies in the ability to quickly capture snapshots of information needed by farmers to help assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress. [Read more…]