Summer weather is hot. What’s a better way to cool down than to wade in the stream, or jump in the pond? Just like people, cattle are inclined to access water sources on hot days. And just like people, this loitering around the watering hole can often decrease their productivity. After all, who wants to stand around and do the work of grazing when a nice cool dip in the pool with friends is on tap? [Read more…]
BROOKFIELD, NY — When Loren Corbin decided to retire, his family wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored. His wife, Doreen, was concerned he would go stir crazy and drive her…well, crazy.
Their son Andrew answered the call with a bold idea: to transform part of their grandparents’ dairy farm in Brookfield, NY into a hop yard. Since then, the family has worked tirelessly each year to build and improve their operation with dad Loren driving much of the mowing and tending of hops. Andrew, an environmental engineer, said, “I couldn’t let my father collect dust… he hasn’t.” [Read more…]
We all want a horse that listens to us and obeys our every command. When you are schooling him, is your horse alert to your cues, and eager to follow them? Does he seem almost able to read your mind? [Read more…]
Sherrie and Stuart Losch have been raising registered Boer goats for 17 years on their historic Riverview Farm in Port Royal, PA. “I was interested in breeding for colors before colors were ‘in,’” explained Sherrie. Today, their distinctive RVF Boer goats carry a fascinating variety of colors, splashes, spots and patterns in red, black, paint and traditional. “From the beginning, we’ve focused on colored goats with good conformation,” Sherrie added. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
According to the experts at the Auburn University Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, there is great potential for farmers rising to raise fish as livestock here in the United States. While production methods for fish farming can range from low to high intensity operations, it is the managed atmosphere of commercial production, where farmers can control every aspect of the environment, which offer the most potential. [Read more…]
DOVER, DE – The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced the winners of its 2016 Happy and Healthy Chickens Photo Contest, celebrating the best snapshots of Delaware backyard poultry flocks. The winner, chosen from a field of nearly 100 photographs, was Weston Williams, 11, of Felton, for his photo “Proud Stance.” [Read more…]
Hemp has been grown as a crop for more than 12,000 years. “It’s one of the oldest cultivated species,” said Jeff Graybill, Lancaster County extension. “Most recently, it was a major crop in Kentucky before and during World War ll. During the war, it was difficult to get rope-type materials, so it was grown for fiber.” [Read more…]
MORRISVILLE, NY — It can be said that diversity enriches agriculture. This sentiment was a powerful draw to the over 5,000 visitors that participated in the 8th annual Open Farm Day throughout Madison County New York.
This year’s event organized by the Agricultural Economic Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County partnered with 38 farms and seven mobile extension specialists who provided a passport and mapping system to families interested in finding out more about their local farms and farmers. [Read more…]