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August 2018

August 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:30pm: Pasture Management and Young stock
Ottercrest Dairy, 80 Gibeault Road, Whiting, VT 05778

Ever think about milking your cows just once a day instead of twice a day? This practice has pros and cons depending on each farms unique situation. Shifting to once a day milking also takes careful planning to make it work well. Join farmer and veterinarian Brian Howlett, UVM Agronomist Heather Darby and grazing consultant Sarah Flack on a tour of Brian’s farm, Ottercrest Dairy. We will take a look at his pasture systems and rotational grazing management. Brian will share strategies for parasite prevention in young stock on pasture and his experience with milking one time a day. $20 farmers, $30 others; for more information contact: Kyla Bedard,

August 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm: Pasture Resiliency Field Day
Sweet Rowan Farm, 1942 Lafont Road, West Glover, VT 05875

Interested in finding ways to adapt your pasture system to changes in climate, to spend less on feed and to keep more of your milk check? Join us at this interactive workshop, where we’ll discuss current climate science, soil health and simple changes you can make to your grazing system to increase pasture productivity and quality including learning which grasses, legumes and other species can improve pasture quality and productivity. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack will lead us on a pasture walk where we’ll practice measuring available forage per acre, calculate the acreage required to meet dry matter intake goals and talk about how to make changes in management so forage plants start growing earlier in the spring, grow better through the mid-summer and grow longer into the fall, extending your grazing season. Mike Thresher, Nutritionist with Morrison’s Feed will also join us to offer practical perspective on how grazing management affects rations, protein, energy and milk production. RSVP requested by Monday, August 6th. For more information, contact Sarah Damsell (802)334-6090 x 7008 or email sarah.damsell@vt.nacdnet. net. COST: Free- includes lunch.

August 10-12, 2018, 2018 NOFA Summer Conference
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Honoring Our Roots, Tending Our Future

During the weekend of August 10-12, 2018 we will gather again at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the 44th Annual NOFA Summer Conference. This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.

This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. We will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices we have used to be successful.

Our keynote speakers, Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez, are two very passionate, ambitious educators, both working diligently to share their knowledge and experience with small agricultural communities. We are looking forward this August and hope you are as well!

August 16, 2018: Homeopathy, 5:30 p.m. farm tour, 6 p.m. discussion.
Balfour Farm, Pittsfield, ME

Please join us in a discussion of how to effectively use homeopathy with livestock. We will use this opportunity to improve our diagnostic and repetorizing skills. Feel free to bring any case information that you’re questioning, and we’ll look up rubrics. We can work through your case together and, maybe, find the right remedy! Please bring any repertory or material medicas you have to use for research. Discussion to be led by Jacki Perkins, MOFGA’s organic dairy and livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s organic livestock specialist since 1988, and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM and Certified Veterinary Homeopath, the only large animal vet in Maine who is certified in classical homeopath.

August 16, 2018 10:00am – 3:45pm: Pasture Management with Sarah Flack
Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to measure the amount of feed in a pasture, calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is. We will then look at some real on farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.

In the afternoon, we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into grazing. We will also spend time in the afternoon discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and the well-being of the livestock.

This session will include indoor classroom time and outdoor time in the pastures. You will want to bring clothing to be comfortable both indoors and outdoors in rain or sun. Bring a calculator and notebook. COST: $25. Questions:





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