Dietary guidelines: hold your beef

by Tamara Scully

The “sustainability” equation has officially been disregarded by the USDA’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), much to the satisfaction of many players in the dairy and beef industries. The original request for “sustainability” to be included in the update to the Guidelines — which are mandated under 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (NNMRRA) and updated every five years — was ultimately denied.

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Don Baker Farm & Orchard ~ striving to survive in a changing marketplace

CE-MR-3-Don-Baker51by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“Most small family farms have already closed,” remarked Dale Baker, while sorting Asian pears at his fruit farm in the Hudson Valley. “This farm has been in my family for over 100 years but the fruit part was started by my grandfather, Gordon Baker, in the early 1920s.”

The farm, which lies just a few miles south of the city of Hudson, NY, consists of a total of 104 acres, with 75 acres fenced in with 8 foot woven wire fencing, “to escape the tremendous deer problem that had developed in the 70s and 80s, with the switch to more dwarfing trees — and with my change to growing more stone fruits that began in the 90s.” [Read more…]

2015 New England Holstein Convention

CN-RP-2-NE-HOLSTEIN-CON_021Submitted by Erin Norris

On Oct. 23 and 24, juniors from all over New England gathered for the 2015 New England Holstein Convention. This year’s convention was held in Massachusetts and based out of the Hotel UMass. Youth attend this convention to qualify to compete at the National Holstein Convention, held every year in June.

Youth competed in many different activities in an effort to qualify for the national convention. Eighteen youth competed in rounds of Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and took a written test to try and qualify for spots on the Dairy Bowl teams and in the National Dairy Jeopardy Contest. [Read more…]

Clinic teaches tips for shearing sheep

CN-RP-1-SHEEP-CLINIC_011The State 4-H Sheep Shearing Clinic, held Nov. 1, provided an opportunity for Vermont 4-H club members to gain valuable tips from a professional sheep shearer.

The clinic, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, was open to any 4-H’er, age 12 or older, who is enrolled in the 4-H sheep project. It was hosted by Neil and Terri Metcalf at their farm in Addison. [Read more…]