The Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) kicked off their first show of the season April 15-17 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the premier reining horse competition in Massachusetts known as the Northeast Spring Spin Banquet of Champions & Pro-Am Event. There were a total of 118 horses, primarily of the American Quarter Horse breed, displaying how responsive and in tune they were with the rider by performing precise patterns of circles, spins and stops. The top performers earned cash purses of up to $500 or points towards an end of season total to earn the right to be called a champion. [Read more…]
Along with the presentation of various awards, officers and directors were elected to serve on the current Board of Directors. [Read more…]
It’s spring, and many riders anticipate the first trail ride of the season. While some riders make it a point to keep both themselves and their horses in shape year-round, many haven’t been on a trail ride since last fall.
Riders expect that they might be a little stiff or sore after the first ride of the season, but what about the horse? [Read more…]
Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.
Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.
Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Organic dairies and conventional dairies that maximize grazing are at an advantage in the marketplace. Consumers are willing to pay more for products identified as been grass fed and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Both are natural benefits for milk and meat cattle largely raised on pasture and forage.
A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose omega-3 products over others,” said Melissa Bainbridge, a Ph.D. student at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]
Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.
In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.
Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]
How does a plant pest whose existence was not chronicled before 1858 in England, cross the Atlantic Ocean 158 years later to land on a farm in Lancaster County, PA? That is the travel history of the allium Leaf Miner. This pest, native to Poland and Germany, first spread across Europe into Turkey, Russia and Asia during that time span. “One possibility is someone bringing garlic over,” says Penn State Extension Specialist Tim Elkner. “The pupa might have been down amongst the cloves. Certainly, it could have been brought in with leeks or onions. It’s just that this is not typically the kind of thing that would be transported around. Probably it was not an insect — most likely a group of them in order to start the population. You need male and female in a bunch, so it might have been like an infected shipment of garlic or something was sent over.” [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Traditionally, production and yield were a farmer’s primary focus. Today, the environmental impact of farming practices is also among the top priorities for many farmers. “We only used to look at the production of our fields,” said Donn Branton, owner of Branton Farms, LLC in LeRoy, NY, “today our goals include leaving the soil a little better than when we started working it.” [Read more…]