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…)

The Welsh Pony ~ Looks, ability and character

2018-09-14T15:35:53+00:00September 14th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Hope Holland

The Welsh pony breed itself is probably almost as old as the Romans’ somewhat unsuccessful entry into the British Isles. What we do know is that the Welsh Mountain pony flourished where it landed in the rough countryside and the mountains of Wales long before anyone thought that the fact was worth recording. (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…)

Ration opportunities affect profitability

2018-08-20T07:12:43+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — What you feed your dairy herd directly affects cash flow, according to Tom R. Overton, Ph.D, professor of Dairy Management in the Department of animal Science at Cornell University. Overton, who directs the Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, presented “Feeding Strategies During Challenging Times” at the recent Empire Farm Days. (more…)