Holstein is Top Cow, Red & White Top Heifer at the Premier National Junior Show

2018-09-28T14:46:31+00:00September 28th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

HARRISBURG, PA – Brooke Carey’s Titusville, PA, four-year-old cow, Plum-Line Reginald Velovr, won the title of Supreme Champion Cow on Sept. 17 during the 2018 Premier National Junior Show in Harrisburg. The Holstein was awarded Senior Champion and Grand Champion Holstein before winning the overall title. (more…)

Horse Tales: Preparing for winter

2018-09-25T10:37:17+00:00September 25th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Preparing for winter
It’s barely autumn — but we’re thinking that there might be a long, hard winter coming. These past few weeks we’ve remarked that we’ve never seen so many squirrels and chipmunks in the yard — there have been several chipmunks in the chickens’ fenced in run stealing chicken feed each morning, squirrels chasing each other and falling out of trees, squirrels knocking over chipmunks on their way to the bird feeders,… and yesterday the mystery was solved as to what was happening to all the apples in my October apple tree when I saw a squirrel run up the tree, grab a big apple in its mouth and run back down the tree with it! (more…)

Hemp research beginning again

2018-08-20T07:41:52+00:00August 20th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner
George Washington, the “Father of Our Country,” was said to have had a nearly abnormal interest in growing hemp when he lived at Mount Vernon. In 1794, Washington visited a hemp mill in Lancaster County, PA’s Paradise village. He was looking for improved equipment to process the hemp he grew at his estate. He stopped in to visit his friend, David Witmer, who owned the mill. (more…)

Dragonfly Farms focuses on the meat market

2018-08-20T07:36:51+00:00August 20th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn
LOUISA, VA – A long commute to work is not a foreign concept for many people today, as a lengthy car ride might be worth it for the right reason. Needing to do it as a farmer is a little tougher, as one can’t be as close to the living things they have to care for. Bruce Johnson, of Dragonfly Farms, was unfortunately all too familiar with that issue until fairly recently. (more…)

Something to Cook About

2018-08-20T07:27:02+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by RD Vincent, author of the Donbridge Series
Walking along the country roads of my parents’ farm, I decided to stop off at my grandmother’s house. I could see her pruning her peony bushes in the late summer sun. As I walked up to her yard, the house phone rang loudly, and she quickly dropped her shears and headed to the house to answer the phone, all the while unaware that I was near. (more…)

Staying safe around dairy cattle

2018-08-20T07:21:29+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby
Dairy cattle don’t have a reputation as being dangerous farm animals because they’re handled frequently and are usually placid. Despite their easy-going nature, dairy animals have the potential to seriously hurt or kill humans, so it’s important to understand how they perceive their surroundings and how to handle them. (more…)