Turkey is a tradition at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm

cn-mr-4-ekonk-hill-turkey-farm3by Kristen M. Castrataro

As Rick Hermonot approaches the pasture, a din arises from the flock of turkeys and geese on the other side. Clucking and squawking, the birds follow him along the fence line. Once he enters the fence, they circle around him and even allow him to cradle them in his arms. Though they are destined for someone’s table, the birds are fearless and content. Welcome to Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. [Read more…]

Forages help manage parasite load

cw-mr-55-1-parasite-load1-copy1by Tamara Scully

“Through the years, I’ve watched numerous small ruminant producers go in and out of business simply because they couldn’t keep their animals alive,” Heather Glennon, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Mount Olive, said. “Hopefully, if you can incorporate these five bullet points into your grazing system, you’re going to reduce the exposure of your small ruminants to worms through grazing management.” [Read more…]

Colby Corner: Calf care during the winter months

As the temperatures begin to drop it is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner. Farmers are always busy and wintertime is no exception. They are busy taking care of the cattle and making necessary repairs to equipment, getting it ready for the next growing season. As we shift gears from one season to the next, we need to take a look at the changes that need to be made in our dairy operations, especially regarding calf care in the winter months. Young calves are the future of the herd and the farmer relies on them as replacement animals. [Read more…]

Dealing with barn pests

cew-mr-hr-1-barn-pests1-wadby Marilyn Munzert

Most of us appreciate Mother Nature’s wild critters, but not in our pastures and barns. Yet the feed, water and shelter we provide our equine friends are accommodations some varmints can’t resist. If wild things set up digs in your horse’s space, here’s how to cope. [Read more…]