The United States Team Penning Association held their Region 8 competition in Austinville, VA on Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27. The host of the event was Diamond K Arena, owned and operated by Larry and Tammy Keith. The Keiths offer training, lessons and sell horses at their facility. [Read more…]
A group of women work their way around the ring, each one thinking about their next move. Each will take a turn at a series of low jumps while the others wait their turn. Kim, their instructor, provides both encouragement and correction as she watches each rider go.
Kim owns and operates Fox Meadow Farm in Haymarket, VA, and in addition to her young riders, has a substantial number of adult students. [Read more…]
by JAY GIRVIN, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C., Albany, NY
Q. If I’ve received an agricultural assessment exemption in the past, what are the consequences if I convert the property to a nonagricultural use going forward?
A. As local assessors are working to complete their final assessment rolls for the coming year, this is a good time to review agricultural assessment exemptions and to address what happens if land previously afforded an exemption is converted to a nonagricultural use. [Read more…]
At a time when more small business are being pushed aside to make room for larger ones, Mary Jeanne Packer’s carding and spinning mill is an exception.
Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill is targeted toward the small flock farmer and is prepared to accommodate them.
“Mary Jean has created a mill to process fiber from small flocks like mine,” said Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk. [Read more…]
Mastitis costs. On the basis of both his own experience and studies, and an extensive review of recent research, Penn State Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Robert VanSaun stated that one way to significantly reduce mastitis cases is to bump up the levels of several key nutrients in the dairy cow’s diet. VanSaun spoke on “Nutrition and Udder Health” at the recent Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference.
These key nutrients “beef up” the cows’ immune systems, and are particularly important at two points: at drying off and during the period from just before calving through the first several weeks into milk, when cows are more vulnerable to mastitis infections. [Read more…]
The New Hampshire 4-H Foundation recently sponsored the New Hampshire State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, which took place in Walpole, NH. 4-H members from Grafton, Coos, Merrimack, Sullivan and Cheshire County participated in the event.
Twenty two senior members strived to earn a position on the State team, which will participate in the Quiz Bowls at Eastern States Exposition and the National Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, KY in the fall. [Read more…]
It isn’t every day that young people decide they want to farm, and for those who do, it’s tough to start with nothing but experience. Having a strong desire for a life in agriculture might help, but purchasing a farm can be a prohibitively expensive proposition.
Nathaniel Brooks, of Canaan, Maine, says he’s always wanted to be a dairy farmer, and through Maine Farmlink, a program of Maine Farmland Trust, his dream is becoming a reality.
“We started discussing it in early 2011,” said Brooks as he talked about his relationship with Mike and Betsy Holt, the farm owners who connected with Brooks through FarmLink. “The Holts wanted to give a young guy some help getting started.” Brooks added that he grew up just a few miles from the Holts, and they already knew him — a bonus for both sides. [Read more…]
In early 2013, Joy Hess, the herdsman for her family’s JoBo Holstein Farm, decided it would be a good idea to start a Facebook page for the farm. Nearly every evening, Joy posts photos and tidbits of information about the farm, including new calves, planting and harvest, cow management, general dairy farm life and the accomplishments of the youngest family members at shows and sales.
Joy is somewhat surprised that more than 1,000 followers are interested in what happens on the family farm, but not as surprised as when she was contacted by someone in the Czech Republic expressing interest in visiting the farm as part of a farm tour. [Read more…]