Upcoming Events

September, 2018

Sep 9, Jackson, ME: Pasture Walk

4:00pm - 6:00pm, 291 Hatch Rd, Jackson, ME David Greeley has been grazing beef cows on the farm in Jackson for many years. Learn about his cow and fertility management on the beautiful farm in Jackson. Starting in 1994, there have been 4 bio-mass harvests totaling about 60 acres that are now in hay or pasture. In addition are over 100 acres of Silvopasture helping support 40 brood cows and their calves. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network.

Sep 11, Online: Dairy Farm Safety

Penn State Technology Tuesdays: This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

Sep 12-13, Sherman, NY: Grass-Fed Workshop and Pasture Walk: Lessons we can Learn from the Pasture

Green Heron Growers, Sherman (Chautauqua County) - Joining us will be renowned pasture consultant Sarah Flack, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley/CROPP, Steve Gabriel with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and Jonathan Zeiset, Zeiset Ag Consulting. This event will be an in-depth look at pasture forages and how to create diversity in your pasture while supplying your animals with the proper nutrition for increased weight gains in beef and increasing milk components in your milk. Our emphasis will be on building high quality, low cost forages, increasing the diversity in the forage selection and building the microbial population in your soils. We also plan to look at ways to improving your net income by utilizing all of your pasture resources including the use of “silvo-pasture” woodland grazing.

Our workshops will consists of a series of lectures, pasture walks and observations of pasture trials with microbial and mycorrhizae inoculation and forage diversity. While feeding the mind with information to improve your farm operation, you will also be fed farm raised organic foods prepared by on-farm Green Heron Growers kitchen staff. The Heron facilities offer patrons the opportunity to camp in our spacious 300 plus acres of woodlands or open meadow camper friendly areas.

Sep 13, Williamsburg, PA: Pasture to Plate: Grassfed Cheese

Join us for a pasture walk and lunch at Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, an on-farm cheese processing facility run by Dave and Terry Rice, who also manage a herd of grassfed, pasture-raised cows. You’ll learn about the cheese-making process; breeding and cow management strategies; intensive rotational grazing techniques; and why the Rice family decided to produce value-added products and focus on direct markets.

Dave Rice and his family have farmed for nearly thirty years, and began making cheese 11 years ago. As of last year, they are using all of their milk for either cheese production or direct raw milk sales. Their crossbred cows are 100-percent grassfed, and managed with rotational grazing strategies over 80 pasture acres.

This event is suitable for dairy farmers thinking about diversifying into direct markets, current and aspiring cheesemakers, and graziers interested in learning management techniques from an all-grass farm.

Sep 19, Ephrata, PA: Allan Savory Presentation

The Lancaster County Graziers Group is excited to announce a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Allan Savory tell his life story.

Sep 20, Bedford, PA: So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

Are you new to or thinking about raising beef cattle? If so, this workshop is for you! Sign up for Penn State Extension’s So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? workshop and we’ll walk you through what you need to know to begin a beef enterprise.

Sep 21-22, Keene, NH: Grazing for Change - New England

Stonewall Farm is celebrating their new role as HUB in the Savory Institute’s Global Network on Friday September 21st. Join us for a day of networking, innovation and learning with Allan Savory, Founder of the Savory Institute.

Sep 22, Bethel, VT: Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm

Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. By taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (ie electric fencing, water systems) into consideration you can make your grazing system a success on your farm.

This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing & water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock.


October, 2018

Oct 9, Online: Cold Weather Calf Housing & Care

Penn State Technology Tuesdays: This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.

Oct 11, DuBois, PA: So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

Are you new to or thinking about raising beef cattle? If so, this workshop is for you! Sign up for Penn State Extension’s So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? workshop and we’ll walk you through what you need to know to begin a beef enterprise.

Oct 18, Greensburg, PA: So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

Are you new to or thinking about raising beef cattle? If so, this workshop is for you! Sign up for Penn State Extension’s So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? workshop and we’ll walk you through what you need to know to begin a beef enterprise.

Oct 24, Martinsburg, PA: Dairy Feeding Workshop Your cows are what they eat, so don’t feed them junk! Join Penn State Extension experts on-farm and hands-on to gain a better understanding of cattle feed. Just two hours with us could help you get the most out of your forages this fall. This hands-on program will take place on a farm, so please dress appropriately. Plastic boots will be provided and multiple sessions are available; pick the one most convenient for you!

Oct 26, Mayport, PA: Dairy Feeding Workshop Your cows are what they eat, so don’t feed them junk! Join Penn State Extension experts on-farm and hands-on to gain a better understanding of cattle feed. Just two hours with us could help you get the most out of your forages this fall. This hands-on program will take place on a farm, so please dress appropriately. Plastic boots will be provided and multiple sessions are available; pick the one most convenient for you!

Oct 29, Berlin, PA: Dairy Feeding Workshop Your cows are what they eat, so don’t feed them junk! Join Penn State Extension experts on-farm and hands-on to gain a better understanding of cattle feed. Just two hours with us could help you get the most out of your forages this fall. This hands-on program will take place on a farm, so please dress appropriately. Plastic boots will be provided and multiple sessions are available; pick the one most convenient for you!


November, 2018

Nov 7-8, Grantville, PA: Dairy Business Improvement & Planning Conference

Sound business and management plans are essential elements of any successful dairy enterprise, especially one that intends to remain viable, profitable, and competitive well into the future.

Growth of a dairy business typically involves a significant investment. Is it feasible now or can the business be positioned to make it achievable in the future? Lower cost alternatives might include improving cow health and performance, adopting new technologies, better use of labor, or diversification.

This event will provide the opportunity, information, and tools for participants to take a realistic look at their business, consider alternatives, and take steps to develop their own unique formula for success.

Nov 20, Online: PDMP 2018 Corn Silage Trials

Penn State Technology Tuesdays: This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.


December, 2018

Dec 2-5, Reno, NV: 7th National Grazing Lands Conference: Taking the Gamble out of Grazing

This conference will provide you with a forum for discussion and exchange of grazing land information and technology, an opportunity to identify grazing land research and program needs, and a chance to see new products and services. At this national grazing conference, the NGC endeavors to have livestock producers with very good grazing operations who are also good speakers giving the presentations at the conference. The NGC also tries to have good and equal representation from all parts of the country. This includes producer speakers from the Eastern U.S. that are managing the pasture operations well.

Dec 11, Online: Robotic Milking Update

Penn State Technology Tuesdays: This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.


January, 2019

Jan 8, Online: Activity and Rumination Research

Penn State Technology Tuesdays: This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals.


February, 2019

Feb 19-20, Grantville, PA: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference

Feb 21, Grantville, PA: PA Forage Conference


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