Elite Dairy has another banner day at the International Brown Swiss Show

MADISON, WI — The dynamic duo Ken Main and Peter Vail of Elite Dairy — home of Cutting Edge Genetics — received multiple honors during the International Brown Swiss Show on Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo. Topping the outstanding performance for Main and Vail was Eloc Wagor Kandid, the winning Aged Cow and eventual Senior and Grand Champion. Kandid received the Udder Comfort $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award. Elite Dairy also exhibited the Intermediate Champion and was named Premier Exhibitor of the show. Reserve Grand and Reserve Senior Champion was Brown Heaven Glenn Fantasy, owned by Brown Heaven of Verchères, Quebec. [Read more…]

Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center

CE-MR-2-Ortensi Farm1by Katie Navarra

Spanning three towns and two counties, Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center in Central New York is owned by Gregory and Bernie Ortensi, a couple committed to leaving the land healthier than when they began farming it.

The farm’s 500 acres is split between Springfield in Otsego County and the towns of Stark and Warren in Herkimer County. The house and 250 acres are located in Springfield with the remainder of the property split among two other townships. “It’s a unique piece of property,” Bernie said. [Read more…]

Roaming Farm

CN-MR-3-Roaming80by Laura Rodley

Usually it is only the parents of children getting on and off school buses who keep a close eye on them. But at Roaming Farm in South Deerfield, MA, resident Highlanders also stand close by, watching school bus proceedings from the edge of their field. Their innate curiousness is as much a part of them as their long shaggy coats, long horns and short stature. Highlanders also keep a close eye on their own calves. [Read more…]

Farmland Preservation Celebration

CN-MR-1-FarmPresby Lorraine Strenkowski

Saturday, Sept. 20 provided perfect weather for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Celebration. Since 1978, The Farmland Preservation Program has permanently protected the prime soils of Connecticut, thus ensuring the future of agriculture in the state. At the 300-farm and 40,000-acre milestone, the celebration was planned. [Read more…]