A livestock producers’ field day taught best practices for livestock health and ways to minimize antibiotic use as well as pasture and weed management. The field day called “Farm Case Studies, Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing” was held at Windmist in Jamestown, RI as part of a 3-year Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) “Grass-fed All Year Long” grant awarded to UConn, UMass and URI. [Read more…]
PORT REPUBLIC, VA — The Rodes family at Rivehill Farms have long embraced innovation on their dairy and turkey operation.
Years ago, the Rodes incorporated a dragline and tractor-driven manure spoon as a way to spread liquid dairy manure on their crop fields. They would hook up the dragline at hydrants attached to underground hard pipes connected to the lagoon. [Read more…]
Dorper breeds were developed in the 1930s and ‘40s, and were officially recognized in South Africa in 1946. The fast-growing, well-muscled Dorpers are a cross between Horned Dorset rams and Blackhead Persian ewes. Dorper Sheep are typically docile and require minimal labor to manage. [Read more…]
Mike Cole of Glastenbury Farm hasn’t always raised turkeys. They are a fairly new addition to his family’s Canajoharie dairy farm.
“We’ve been raising turkeys for 3 years,” Cole said. “It just seemed like there was a market there for them and now people want to buy local so they know who they are getting their food from.”
Cole buys the turkeys locally as hatchlings and raises them up to market as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. [Read more…]
Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends. By raising a small flock of turkeys, you can produce the freshest turkey possible while involving the whole family in working with and learning about live animals.
Turkeys can easily be started by hatching eggs or by raising young poults. They can be grown and home processed without the use of expensive processing equipment, or they may be sold to live markets (auctions).
Adult males have a naked, heavily carunculated (bumpy) head that normally is bright red but that turns to white overlaid with bright blue when the birds are excited. Other distinguishing features of the common turkey are a long red fleshy ornament (called a snood) that grows from the forehead over the bill; a fleshy wattle growing from the throat; a tuft of coarse, black, hairy feathers (known as a beard) projecting from the breast; and more or less prominent leg spurs. [Read more…]