VERMONT FOOD BANK – OCTOBER 2018
Farmers Feed the World and We Help Them Do It
Help us feed our hungry neighbors.
The employee owners of Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) are fundraising with other Vermont ESOP businesses to benefit the Vermont Food Bank. We are collecting food donations at our New Haven and Brandon Vermont businesses, or will we can pick up food donations within Addison County, Vermont. You can also make a monetary donation at:
Phoenix Feeds will match every dollar donated by our employees, friends, and customers.
If you have any questions or would like us to pick up food donations, please contact Shannon at [email protected].
Thanks for helping us feed those in need.
Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition is pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with one of our prominent suppliers, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition. Chr. Hansen is the world’s leader in producing microbial technologies for a variety of applications such as cheese and yogurt cultures, human and animal probiotics, and silage inoculants. While Phoenix Feeds and Chr. Hansen have had a strong relationship for many years, 2018 will be our first year supplying their high-quality silage inoculants to you, our valued customers. Chr. Hansen has developed a broad range of silage inoculants designed to solve specific silage fermentation challenges. Phoenix Feeds will be inventorying three of the Chr. Hansen products in New Haven, Vermont to help our customers with their forages this year.
The Summer 2018 issue of Perspectives Magazine is now available, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.
This issue’s featured farm is Hornstra Farms, a family farm with a storied history located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The Hornstra family has embraced diversification and persevered in the business they love. Be sure to check out our other great stories, including technical articles from leading experts in the field. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
A Google Search for the term “stress” will bring up a variety of articles. If these publications are true, a lot of people are feeling stressed, including: couples planning weddings, couples getting divorced, school teachers, retirees, poor people, wealthy people, employed and unemployed people, and many others! When it comes to people, stress is a hot topic and everyone is looking for ways to manage stress they experience. Even though articles on stress are commonplace, most, surprisingly, do not define stress. Scientists who study stress tell us it is “an organism’s response to a perceived threat” and they refer to the threat as a stressor. For example, if you hit your thumb with a hammer, the pain you feel is the stressor. The complex response to that pain (including elevated heart rate, swelling, and later, increased susceptibility to infections) is the stress. So if we want to manage the stress in our lives we need to consider both the stressor (the threat) and the stress (the body’s response to the stressor). The stress response is similar for humans and animals, including dairy cattle. Stressors can be physical (for example: a back injury in a farmer; high temperature-humidity index in dairy cows) or psychological (learning of a new, lower milk price by a farmer; moving to a new pen for a dairy cow).
Family farms in Vermont come in all varieties and sizes, but there aren’t many that can boast the pedigree of the Pine Valley Farm in Shrewsbury.
Standing in the kitchen of her 1800s farmhouse, Julanne Smith Sharrow is proudly displaying a genealogical chart she’s ingeniously clipped to a coat hanger. The poster-sized paper is crowded with the neatly written record of several centuries of family history, including John (the Miller) Smith, who is recorded in 1640 as one of the earliest settlers of Rhode Island.
“It holds fifteen generations and it’s still not enough,” she says of the chart, turning the hanger to indicate where the back of a second page accommodates more ancestors. “This is what I’ve been working on for twenty years. I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it.”
The Spring 2018 issue of Perspectives Magazine is now available, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.
Our featured farm this issue is Pine Valley Farm in Shrewsbury, Vermont; a family farm that dates back seven generations. Be sure to check out our other great stories, including technical articles from leading experts in the field. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
The weather has always been a fickle, adversarial wild card for farmers, and as climate change makes extreme events more common and less predictable, the development of adaptive strategies has become ever more important. In the Northeast, recent years have seen an increase in flooding and persistent rain that leave fields saturated just as the planting season is getting underway.
Farmers with heavier soils and high clay content are particularly vulnerable to these adverse conditions. Many are turning to tile drainage as a solution for not only draining excess water from existing crop lands, but also for transforming previously unusable land into properly drained fields that are ready for planting.
The Winter 2018 issue of Perspectives Magazine is now available, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition.
This issue, we visit Dunajski Dairy in Peabody, MA; a family-owned farm that has thrived for over a hundred years. As always, you will also find tips and technical articles from industry experts. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
It is understandable how proteins—or more specifically amino acids–impact milk production, since they make up a portion of the milk protein fraction. When the supply of amino acids is inadequate, we observe not only lower milk protein yield, but also milk fat yield and milk volume suffer. However, we are now learning that simply thinking of amino acids in terms of milk production is taking a fairly narrow view of these multifunctional nutrients. A wider lens takes into consideration the cow’s metabolic need for dietary amino acids beyond serving as building blocks for proteins. Functional amino acids are those amino acids that participate in and regulate key metabolic pathways to improve health, growth, development, and reproduction, in addition to lactation.
At the top of a rise on the Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, the main facilities of Allandra Farm sit at the hub of a patchwork quilt of majestic fields and pastures. At the center of its activity is CEO, Alan Brisson, managing an operation that has grown over the years to roughly 900 Holsteins and 2,300 acres. He has a long history in the area and is in his 43rd year of farming, but on this late-summer day he’s not thinking much about the past.
At a quieter spot a few miles down the road, he’s spending some time with his prizewinning herd of 130 Brown Swiss; and he’s thinking about the future of Vermont’s dairy farms in an era of increased regulation. “For 30 years, there wasn’t that much coming out of Montpelier that was affecting us,” he says, “but in the last six or seven years there’s been a ton.”
Much of it centers around agriculture’s impact on Lake Champlain and other watersheds around the state, an issue many producers have been working to address for years; but for those grappling with known variables in everything from rainfall to milk prices, keeping up with the latest legislation and the state’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) is an added challenge to what already feels like a precarious way of life. In Brisson’s opinion, the stakes for farmers are high, and he’s direct in expressing his view of the risk.