Barefooting and beyond

CN-MR-3-Barefooting7432by Lorraine Strenkowski

Rodney Cone of Lebanon, CT started shoeing horses in 1989. The then 20-year-old apprentice spent three and a half years under the instruction of a mentor before he went off on his own.

It didn’t take long for Cone to become a desired farrier. With the freedom and willingness to take on the extraordinary clients, Cone found himself flying to an account on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), and to an Olympic Champion in Florida at times of competition, along with a myriad of destinations in Connecticut and the East Coast. [Read more…]

Agriscience college and career fair a huge success

CN-MR-1-AgriscienceThe Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair.  The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation. [Read more…]

Midnight Farms

CM-MR-2-Midnight2693by Sally Colby

Ben Warfield has been raising cattle for quite a while, and like many other young cattlemen, he got his start in 4-H. “I started when I was 10,” he said, adding that his father JG is also involved with the Marriottsville, MD cattle operation. “I raised breeding heifers and market steers, and I also had breeding and market hogs and market lambs.”

Raising and exhibiting a variety of livestock paid off well for Ben, who landed a spot on the Maryland state livestock judging team. “Our team was in the top three at the national contest so we won a trip to Europe,” he said. “We went to England, France, Germany and Belgium. In Belgium, we stayed with host families for several days.” The host farm where Ben stayed raised Belgian Blue cattle, which he says are very heavy-muscled and very lean. [Read more…]

Dairy and Beef Market Roundup as of October 2014 Beef surges, Butter slides

CEWN-MR-1-Market roundup graphby Sherry Bunting

It is fall roundup time, and cattle feeders are paying ever-higher prices for placements in the face of a bumper crop of corn, coupled with the smallest calf crop coming to market in at least five decades.

As of July 1, the U.S. All Cattle and Calf Inventory (beef and dairy) was 95 million head — down 3 percent from last year and the lowest since 1973. There were fewer cattle of all classes, except a 1 percent increase in milk cow numbers. [Read more…]

Using crop technology in 2015

by Sally Colby

Farmers are presented with an ever-increasing array of technology aimed at making them better at what they already do. Those who choose to incorporate technology in the field can expect better yields and profits.

“Crop technology hinges on GPS,” said Dr. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “It’s the driver of everything we do in precision ag.” Nielsen says equipment control, monitoring of equipment, spatial data and GIS software to manage the spatial data are also important components. [Read more…]