Your farm as a classroom

CEW-MR-1-John Bowne794by Steven E Smith

“I love it out here. It is just perfect to me,” stated Gieselle as she was reflecting on the fullness of her summer experiences at Dreamroad dairy farm in Johnstown, NY. Giselle’s excitement for farm chores was not because she is a member of the Ferry family farm, she was a summer work-study student from John Bowne High School in New York City. After finishing her junior year of school, Gisselle had reached the placement phase and working at a dairy farm was her goal. After years of commitment and demonstrated proficiency in her school’s Ag program experience, Gieselle had the privilege of working closely with animals in preparation to study animal science when she goes to college. [Read more…]

Schoharie Fresh: A farmers market that is really online for customers

CE-MR-1-Schoharie fresh265by Steven E. Smith

Loading the truck and heading to the market with full awareness of who will being buying your product. That is not the usual expectations of a crew as they head to what could be a day long farmer’s market subject to limited attendance if the weather doesn’t cooperate. But the nearly 40 farms from Schoharie County that market at Schoharie Fresh instead experience a smooth, less time consuming event each week thanks to their unique marketing system. [Read more…]

40th Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

by Laura Rodley
Organizers of the 40th Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair that occurs on Memorial Day weekend in Cummington, MA are recognizing the anniversary in a unique way. Co-chairs Lisa Bertoldi of Williamsburg, Shawn Thayer, who has attended every fair since its inception, and Aaron Loux, both of Cummington, are currently in the final stages of formalizing a scholarship in the amount of $500 that will go towards a young student studying sheep culture and production related studies at the college level. Application procedures are being fine-tuned.

“We’re not gentrified, not fancy, very much to its roots. We’re still very ‘sheepy’,” said Bertoldi, “offering sheep shows, two full days of dog trials featuring border collies, a myriad of fiber arts and vendors selling anything related to fiber from yarn to spinning wheels, as well as fleece, woolcraft and photography exhibits judged on Saturday and spinning contests.”

The fair has retained, “All the wonderful things that we do that have been lost at other fairs.”

These include a potluck supper at the close of the Saturday at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. attended by shearers, farmers, exhibitors, vendors and fiber people and whoever would like to join in. “It’s a potluck, then it’s a business meeting, then it’s an ice cream social. In classic farmer approach, not a minute is wasted,” said Bertoldi, co-chair since June.
During the day, the 4-H food booth sells their landmark lamb bits. [Read more…]

Southwest Virginia Cattleman wins another World Predator Calling Championship

CM-MR-3-GROSECLOSEby Karl H. Kazaks

DUBLIN, VA — Jason Groseclose spends most of his time tending to his family’s cattle herd, spread across farms in Pulaski, Bland and Smyth Counties in southwest Virginia. But occasionally he travels beyond this corner of the Old Dominion to compete in predator calling competitions. He’s so accomplished at this skill that he has become a pro staff member for MFK Game Calls. [Read more…]

Mastitis: are vaccines the answer?

by Tamara Scully

The Penn State Mastits and Milk Quality Conference featured speakers and researchers from several universities, and emphasized the need for a multi-faceted approach to manage mastitis. Addressing mastitis means focusing on prevention, identifying the organism responsible, taking steps to stop infection and appropriately treating cases of infection based on their etiology.

“Our ultimate goal is to prevent infection,” Gina Pighetti, Ph.D, of the University of Tennessee, said. [Read more…]