Vermont 4-H horse delegation excels in national competition

CN-RP-1-VT4HHorseBURLINGTON, VT — Nearly 300 4-H’ers from 24 states gathered in Louisville, KY, Nov. 7-9, for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, including 16 Vermonters who earned a place on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation as winners at state competitions.

The roundup, considered the largest national 4-H horse program contest in the country, was hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Participants qualified for one of the six contests — hippology, horse judging, horse quiz bowl, team demonstrations, public speaking and individual presentations. [Read more…]

Grass-fed livestock health and pasture management

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A livestock producers’ field day taught best practices for livestock health and ways to minimize antibiotic use as well as pasture and weed management. The field day called “Farm Case Studies, Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing” was held at Windmist in Jamestown, RI as part of a 3-year Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) “Grass-fed All Year Long” grant awarded to UConn, UMass and URI. [Read more…]

Rodes family embraces precision ag technology, the latest in their long line of innovations

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PORT REPUBLIC, VA — The Rodes family at Rivehill Farms have long embraced innovation on their dairy and turkey operation.

Years ago, the Rodes incorporated a dragline and tractor-driven manure spoon as a way to spread liquid dairy manure on their crop fields. They would hook up the dragline at hydrants attached to underground hard pipes connected to the lagoon. [Read more…]

All about Dorper sheep

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Dorper breeds were developed in the 1930s and ‘40s, and were officially recognized in South Africa in 1946. The fast-growing, well-muscled Dorpers are a cross between Horned Dorset rams and Blackhead Persian ewes. Dorper Sheep are typically docile and require minimal labor to manage. [Read more…]