2014 Virginia Farm Show offered prizes galore

CM-MR-1-Virginia Farm Prizes 1by Jon M. Casey
Attendees of the 2014 Virginia Farm Show not only had opportunity to see the latest in products and services to the farming industry, they were also able to participate in competitions and drawings for cash and prizes throughout the three-day event. With Friday’s popular Skid Steer Rodeo, sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau, and with trophies and cash prizes sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau, Crown Concrete and equipment dealers James River Equipment, Beverage Tractor, Binkley & Hurst and Carter Machinery, contestants and their families enjoyed an afternoon of excitement; one that they look forward to each year. [Read more…]

Young woman carving a spot in antique tractor pulling

CEWM-MR-2-Young woman 1by Sally Colby

The tractors lining the arena looked like a testimony to mid-20th century farming. Brand names included Case, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis Moline, Massey-Harris and lots of John Deere, many restored to use after being discarded in favor of new models. And if it weren’t for the polished paint and shiny stacks on the 60-year old tractors, they’d look just as at home working a field. [Read more…]

Improving fiber production through nutrition

CEW-MR-1-Improving fiberby Tamara Scully

Producing wool doesn’t start with shearing the sheep; it begins well before birth. Two primary factors which affect wool quality are genetics and nutrition. Dr. Nancy Irlbeck, of the University of Colorado — a sheep farmer herself — discussed the importance of nutrition in fiber development, offering producers tools to use to grow quality fleece. [Read more…]