Grass-fed Beef Intensive: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Meet us in the greater Hardwick area for a day with Jim Gerrish and the business of beef. We will be focusing on the basics of grass-fed beef production, from pasture management to marketing your product. First we’ll tour the pastures at Shat Acres Farm in Greensboro with Jim to discuss management intensive grazing from stocking rate to rest periods in a Scottish Highland-cross system. For lunch, we’ll enjoy smoked beef with all the fixings prepared by the Back Road BBQ truck and discussion at the Green Mountain Technical Career Center. Sam Smith from the Intervale Center and business planning consultant Rose Wilson will present about grass-fed beef profitability, and how to market and label your beef. After lunch, we will move to Snug Valley Farm in East Hardwick and take a look with Jim at how they manage their pastures in a dairy-beef system.
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and internationally. He has 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty at the University of Missouri, and co-founded a multi-day grazing management program that has been duplicated in fifteen other states.
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture & VT Grass Farmers Association