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A pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland, MA. Photo by Renee Finnegan.

A pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland, MA. Photo by Renee Finnegan.

January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland.

Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they raise Highland Cattle for beef, Berkshire pigs – a noted heritage breed, and egg laying chickens.

Highland Cattle, a hardy Scottish breed that’s been around for well over 1,000 years, forage on grass and vegetation. During the winter months, their diets are supplemented with hay. An adult Highland cows can weigh 800 to 1,100 pounds and yield about 250 pounds of meat. The meat tends to be leaner than most other beef, as Highlands’ get their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat.

Glenn is a self-taught farmer who always had an interest in cattle. He finds Highlands easy to to raise, as they eat what is readily available, typically docile in nature and prefer living under trees than in a shelter structure. You can purchase Oak Meadow Farm’s beef, pork, chicken and eggs at the farm and reach Glenn or Mary at oakmeadowsfarm@yahoo.com.

Each month, we are posting the 2015 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar’s photo of the month. The calendar features a winning photo of Bay State farming as well as interesting facts about local agriculture. The 2015 Celebrating the Seasons of Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar is available for purchase. All photos were taken by amateur photographers who won the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest. Proceeds from the $10 calendars benefit Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, a small, private non-profit organization that has been working since 1983 to provide agricultural education and training.

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DAR Program Coordinator

With a background in the culinary arts, nutrition education and program development, Julia joined The Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Agricultural Markets in 2008 to help spread the word about Massachusetts’ incredible agricultural and culinary opportunities. She also coordinates several grant and marketing programs available to a diversified group of growers and agricultural associations across the Commonwealth. A Boston University graduate, she can be found in her spare time sourcing out the best local products for her next culinary creation or volunteering in the community.

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