Creamery Brook Bison: No buffalo here

CN-24-3-Creamery-brook-bison11by Kristen M. Castrataro

In 1981, when Austin Tanner and his wife Debbi first saw the dairy farm that would become Creamery Brook Bison in Brooklyn, CT, the first thing he noticed was the mulberry tree. He had grown up on a farm that had a tree just like it.

The Tanners milked cows for nearly a decade. In 1990, they acquired three bison cows and two calves at an auction because Austin had developed a fascination for the large, shaggy creatures. The following year they bought a bull and four additional cows. Now they have nearly 100 head of cows and young and two breeding bulls. [Read more…]

Automatic dairy farming: Part 2

CEW-MR-1-Automatic-Da1iry4by Tamara Scully

Dairy farmers recently gathered at Mor-Dale Farms, in Myersville, PA, to learn about automation: calf feeders, feed pushers, robotic milking systems and more. Part One discussed the use of automatic calf feeders as presented at the workshop “Automation and the Dairy Industry,” organized by Dr. Charles Garner, DVM.

Automatic feeding robots

Once calves mature, automation can still play a role in their daily feeding. Even in barns where humans — not robots — milk the cows, equipment, such as an automatic feed pusher, can simplify farm chores while helping to insure the cows consume the maximum dry matter intake, and are eating more of their daily rations. [Read more…]

Plow Day in Northfield, MA

CN-MR-37-2-Plow-Day12by Joseph Parzych

The Lord blessed this year’s annual Plow Day with sunshine and balmy weather. The sun shone bright and a gentle breeze wafted across the 150-acre cornfield on Bill LLewellen’s Five Point Farm in Northfield, MA. The event was organized by Tony Amato and Paul Morehouse, members of the International Harvester Collector’s Club, New England Chapter 18. The Franklin County 4-H Club ran a food concession stand. Sixty-two tractors, 20 horses and their enthusiastic owners took part plowing, showing and socializing with the large friendly crowd that turned out. [Read more…]

Getting ready for grazing

by Troy Bishopp

Spring ushers in getting cows out to pasture. It also may mean new grazing and land management plans that help achieve financial and environmental goals.

Farmers like Dairyman, Kevin Murphy from Brookfield, NY that produce milk in the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed are implementing best management practices such as buffers, rotational grazing systems and nutrient management strategies with the help of federal and state agencies to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay. Conservation also saves soil, reduces feed and fertilizer costs while returning more money back to the farm. These approaches make agriculture more resilient. [Read more…]

From Ireland to America, a dynasty built on horses


by Hope Holland

A long time ago, people used to go looking in the Sunday papers for their horses. Now that many states have local horse magazines there are printed ads for horses in them and, of course, there are ads on the internet. It seems that every farm has a website which might mention that there are horses for sale.

The Strain Family Horse Farm in Granby, CT, also has a website: and they don’t hint about having horses for sale. Selling horses is their business. Each of the Strain brothers has his own farm within a relatively short distance of the other and handle very different aspects of the horse business. [Read more…]