Vermont Grazing Tour with Jim Gerrish
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Independent grazing lands consultant Jim Gerrish is returning to Vermont to follow up on his keynote and intensive session for advanced graziers at the 2016 Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference.
He's offering a Grazing Tour to talk details during the height of the grazing season. Whether you are beginning or experienced, small or large; or raise beef, dairy or small ruminants, Jim is full of information to help you better understand how to do what you do even better. Learn how to finish beef cattle without grain, evaluate pasture health, extend the grazing season to reduce your need for hay, balance pasture with business profitability, and much, much more. A true resource and exciting opportunity for livestock farmers around Vermont!
Events are priced individually, or guests can buy an all-event pass at a 15% discount.
Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished: Beyond the Basics with Jim Gerrish: August 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm includes lunch
Lucas Cattle Company
What does it take to produce high-quality grass-finished beef? We will discuss the factors that impact animal growth and carcass quality from the perspectives of both land and animal management. See the role grazing strategies play on both perennial and annual pastures and the power of stocking density. We will also discuss the importance of selecting genetics for forage-based production including frame score, body conformation, and weaning weights. Jim will show us how to determine degree of finish on an animal. Lunch features burgers from the Lucas Cattle Company.
Grazing Research and Field Day & Pasture Walk with Jim Gerrish, August 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm includes lunch,
Celebrate the first year of dedicated pasture research at Philo Ridge Farm with the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture and Farming & Climate Change programs as we spend a day looking at research projects, enjoying demonstrations, and learning from a national pasture expert on a diversified Charlotte, Vermont farm.
Grass-fed Beef: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish, August 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm includes lunch, Shat Acres Farm, Greensboro and Snug Valley Farm, East Hardwick
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.
Wrapping Up the Vermont Pasture Tour with Jim Gerrish
August 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Spring-Rock Farm, 150 Lower Parker Hill Road, Springfield VT
Join Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services and the crew of Vermont Wagyu at Spring-Rock Farm i n Springfield, Vermont, to look at land reclamation and grazing management balanced with the unique production requirements of Wagyu cattle. We will touch on a variety of issues, including understanding plant recovery and grazing timing; extending the grazing season to “kick the hay habit”; the business of grass-based beef production; and more topics of interest to attendees. This is the final event on Jim’s Vermont tour, and a great chance to ask wrap-up questions and walk some pastures with his experienced eye.
Potential guests who require a disability-related accommodation to participate in these events should contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or [email protected] by August 7.