Pasture Resiliency Field Day

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

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 effects rations, protein, energy and milk production. 

Schedule
10:30- Meet at Sweet Rowen Milk Barn
10:40- Farm intro & recent pasture improvements
Farm owners Paul Lisai and Kat Tolman
11:00- Climate science- projections and effects on farm economics
Erin Lane, USDA NE Climate Hub Coordinator
Lynn Knight, USDA NE Climate Hub Regional Economist

11:20- Soil quality as an adaptation strategy to climate variability
Charlotte Rosendahl, Sterling College Soil Scientist
11:35- Planning for resiliency: Improving forage and dry matter intake
Sarah Flack, grass-based and organic livestock production consultant
11:45- Weaving it all together- Pasture walk with Sarah Flack
1:30- Lunch

RSVP Requested by Monday, August 6th
Contact Sarah Damsell (802)334-6090 x 7008 or email [email protected]

 

Location:

Sweet Rowan Farm

Address:

1942 Lafont Road
West Glover, VT 05875
United States

Cost:

Free- includes lunch

Contact Name:

Sarah Damsell