Water for livestock

CM-MR-1-Water-for-livestock1by Tamara Scully

Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]

Family is hip at Hip Hops Farm

CE-MR-1-Hip-Hops-Farm569by Lindsay Owens

BROOKFIELD, NY — When Loren Corbin decided to retire, his family wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored. His wife, Doreen, was concerned he would go stir crazy and drive her…well, crazy.

Their son Andrew answered the call with a bold idea: to transform part of their grandparents’ dairy farm in Brookfield, NY into a hop yard. Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each year to build and improve their operation with dad Loren driving much of the mowing and tending of hops. Andrew, an environmental engineer, said, “I couldn’t let my father collect dust… he hasn’t.” [Read more…]

Creating the obedient horse

CW-MR-1-Obedient-horse7by Marilyn Munzert

We all want a horse that listens to us and obeys our every command. When you are schooling him, is your horse alert to your cues, and eager to follow them? Does he seem almost able to read your mind? [Read more…]

Focus on quality for meat goat producer

CM-MR-50-3-Focus-on-Quality-7975by Bill and Mary Weaver

Sherrie and Stuart Losch have been raising registered Boer goats for 17 years on their historic Riverview Farm in Port Royal, PA. “I was interested in breeding for colors before colors were ‘in,’” explained Sherrie. Today, their distinctive RVF Boer goats carry a fascinating variety of colors, splashes, spots and patterns in red, black, paint and traditional. “From the beginning, we’ve focused on colored goats with good conformation,” Sherrie added. [Read more…]

Aquaponics: fish and (kale) chips

by Tamara Scully

According to the experts at the Auburn University Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, there is great potential for farmers rising to raise fish as livestock here in the United States. While production methods for fish farming can range from low to high intensity operations, it is the managed atmosphere of commercial production, where farmers can control every aspect of the environment, which offer the most potential. [Read more…]