The ambassador of Brown Swiss

CN-MR-3-The ambassador 2by Laura Rodley

As a teenager, Laurie Cuevas fell in love with Brown Swiss cows, raising, selling, and showing her Brown Swiss at local fairs and competitions including the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA. It was at a Big E Brown Swiss convention where she met her business partner Bruce Jenks. Their friendship and mutual love for Brown Swiss evolved into their business Maple Valley Ice Cream and Signature Swiss, with a herd of 20. [Read more…]

Apple and peach tree pruning

CN-MR-2-PRUNINGby Sanne Kure-Jensen

“Forks belong on your dinner table, not in your orchard.” Jon Clements, UMass Extension Educator shared his witty rules for pruning fruit trees, especially apples and peaches. Clements led a hands-on pruning demonstration at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI.

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Raw milk pros and cons

by George Looby, DVM

Food products of all kinds tend to promote strong opinions among consumer groups as to the merits of their particular favorites. For many years there has been a ongoing discussion among those who advocate the consumption of raw milk versus pasteurized. Milk has often been described as nature’s most perfect food and certainly its balance of essential nutrients does much to justify that claim. [Read more…]

Record attendance gathers for 2014 PA Dairy Summit in State College, PA

CM-MR-3-Dairy Summit21by Jon M. Casey

For a record number of attendees who braved a pending nor’easter, the trip to the Penn Stater Hotel and Convention Center in State College, PA, a new venue for the fifth annual event, proved to be the ideal location. With more than 400 dairy industry professionals attending the two-day event hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) on Feb. 12 and 13, organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout. Over 60 exhibitors offered their support for the annual event, with an industry trade show that lined hallways and side rooms at the convention center. During breaks and at times specifically devoted to the exhibits, participants enjoyed the opportunity to visit with agribusiness product and service providers. [Read more…]