Year-round nutrition begins with bunker filling

C4-MR-2-Bunker filling2959by Sally Colby

For farmers who are serious about producing a nutrition-packed crop that will sustain the herd for optimum production, the year starts with crop planning and seed selection. After planting, it’s mostly a waiting game until harvest.

When kernels reach about 80 percent milk, begin sampling the plant for moisture content. Whole plant moisture level between 65 and 70 percent is ideal. When moisture content exceeds 70 percent, silage juices seep from the bunker, which means loss of soluble nutrients and feed value. Conversely, silage that is harvested too dry presents packing challenges, and excess oxygen that can result in undesirable heating and mold development. [Read more…]

American Dairy Linebacks

CEW-MR-2-American Linebacks1by Al Dorantes

On a visit to the livestock barn at the local fair I noticed something unfamiliar to me. It was a dark colored cow with a white stripe down her back and speckled sides. Valerie Becker and Jim and Jennifer Brewer, from Mohawk, NY, were happy to talk about the American Dairy Lineback.

Lineback color patterns appear on cattle breeds all over the world. The pattern is random in some breeds like the Texas Longhorn but in breeds like English longhorn and Irish Moiled the pattern becomes an indicative of the breed. [Read more…]

New York Jersey wins Supreme Champion honors at the 2014 All-American Dairy Show

CEWM-MR-3-NYJersey09by Jon M. Casey

New York Milking Shorthorn takes Junior Supreme, while Maryland Jersey wins Best Bred and Owned

For attendees of this year’s All-American Dairy Show, the announcement that DC Harmony Norma, the Jersey 6-year-old and older class winner owned by Jordan and Jason Thomas of Lowville, NY, was named Supreme Champion, came with a huge round of applause as spectators expressed their appreciation for the quality of this year’s winners. [Read more…]

Big beef at the Big E

CN-MR-4-BigEby Laura Rodley

The long-awaited Big E in Springfield, MA has been bustling with people. As of Sept. 21, exactly 813,719 people had entered the gates so far, organizers say.

The fair extended from Sept. 12-28, with exhibits such as the chick hatchery, where people watched chicks hatch behind a glass enclosure, or goat milking demonstrations by Dan Reynolds of The Reynolds Barn of North Kinstown, RI. Reynolds has been a Big E participant for 12 years, and selling goat soap there for two years. “I enjoy meeting different people. I got to teach a blind man how to milk a goat. It’s not every day you get to do that. It was a fair highlight,” he said. [Read more…]

The Hebron Harvest Fair

CN-MR-4-Hebron2by George Looby

What started out many years ago as a small community fair has grown into an important annual autumn event in Connecticut. The Hebron Lions Club is the driving force behind the Hebron Harvest Fair, which is probably one of the largest events managed by any Lions Club in the state. The Lions Club recruits volunteers from throughout the community, making it a true all-town production. In keeping with the spirit of Lionism worldwide, proceeds in excess of expenses are donated to a variety of worthy activities throughout the area. [Read more…]