Diversity yields financial stability for beef operation

cm-mr-43-2-zeager-angus-9466by Bill and Mary Weaver

At 74-years-young, Herbert Zeager of Limestoneville, PA in Montour County is still farming 350 acres; feeding Angus steers for beef — about 100 at a time — and caring for guinea keets from the time they are delivered to his barn at one day old until they are less temperature-sensitive and better able to take care of themselves. With the part-time help of his son John, Zeager raises and turns over about 10,000 guinea fowl every 15 weeks. [Read more…]

Goober the Brahman Bull

ce-mr-2-goober611by Michael Wren

JOHNSTOWN, NY — Possibly one of the most known and photographed bulls in Fulton County, Goober, has been bringing joy and excitement to everyone he has met for the last 18 years. Goober is a large and friendly Brahman bull which has been attending the Fulton County Day on the Farm event at Rodgers Family Orchard for four years. Owner Brian Dailey and Goober also show up at Peaceful Valley Maple Farms for their open house during “maple month”. [Read more…]

New Worker Protection Standard outlined at EFD

cew-fs-mr-21-1-worker-prot1ection-standardby Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — Ethics, economics, environmental considerations, legality: farmers have many reasons to abide by workers safety regulations. Christopher Wainwright, pesticide control specialist with the New York State Department of Conservation recently presented “New Federal WPS Regulations for Ag Chemical Handling” at Empire Farm Days. [Read more…]

Maine Day at the “Big E” draws a record crowd

cn-rp-12-3-maine-day21WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Maine Day at “New England’s Largest Fair” attracted a record crowds and celebrated its 100th anniversary promoting agriculture, education, industry, family entertainment and traditions that are part of New England’s heritage. [Read more…]

Farming fish

cm-mr-47-1-farming-fish-eggsby Tamara Scully

Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]