Upcoming Events

April, 2018

Apr 5, Dauphin County, PA: Penn State Extension Pasture Workshops

Dr. Jessica Williamson and local experts present unbiased research-based information on pasture planning, forage species selection, weed control, ruminant nutrition, forage quality, and extending the grazing season

Apr 10, Westmoreland County, PA: Penn State Extension Pasture Workshops

Dr. Jessica Williamson and local experts present unbiased research-based information on pasture planning, forage species selection, weed control, ruminant nutrition, forage quality, and extending the grazing season

Apr 10, Wellsboro, PA: Northern Tier Beef Series

The northern tier beef meeting series is being offered on three consecutive evenings in three counties. Participants will learn how to read and understand performance data surrounding bulls being offered for sale. Furthermore, participants will learn how to command higher prices for feeder calves.

Apr 11, Towanda, PA: Northern Tier Beef Series

The northern tier beef meeting series is being offered on three consecutive evenings in three counties. Participants will learn how to read and understand performance data surrounding bulls being offered for sale. Furthermore, participants will learn how to command higher prices for feeder calves.

Apr 11, Allenwood, PA: Double Cropping on Dairy Farms Field Day

Winter annual crops like rye, wheat, or triticale can make an excellent cattle silage. Double cropping them after corn silage harvest is a practice many Pennsylvania farmers use to reduce nutrient loss and increase forage production on their land. Join farmer, John Lapp and Penn State Extension for a half-day field day. The day will include indoor conversations about the production and economics of double cropping grains as well as a visit to the farmer’s nearby field.

Apr 11, Fulton County, PA: Penn State Extension Pasture Workshops

Dr. Jessica Williamson and local experts present unbiased research-based information on pasture planning, forage species selection, weed control, ruminant nutrition, forage quality, and extending the grazing season

Apr 12, McKean County, PA: Penn State Extension Pasture Workshops

Dr. Jessica Williamson and local experts present unbiased research-based information on pasture planning, forage species selection, weed control, ruminant nutrition, forage quality, and extending the grazing season

Apr 12, Montrose, PA: Northern Tier Beef Series

The northern tier beef meeting series is being offered on three consecutive evenings in three counties. Participants will learn how to read and understand performance data surrounding bulls being offered for sale. Furthermore, participants will learn how to command higher prices for feeder calves.

Apr 12, Lewisburg, PA: Women in Agriculture Day

Find out about all the ways government agencies can help women farmers at this great networking event.

Apr 19, Troy, PA: Transition Cow Management

Different practices and recommendations to achieve good standards. This will include animal comfort, feed management, physiology, metabolic profile and health monitoring of the transition cow.

Apr 20, Greensburg, PA: Sheep and Goat Workshops: Health Care

Quality health care most often results in animals with high performance. Producers should understand steps to prevent health problems as well as be able to identify health issues and know when to contact their veterinarian.

Apr 30, Honesdale, PA: Beef Quality Assurance

BQA Re-certification: There are two certification processes that producers should be aware of for the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Initial certification requires a chute-side training, or hands-on training with a general information session. In order for a producer to keep their initial BQA certification, they must get re-certified every two years. This requirement allows the program to cover new material from the industry that has been released in the two year interval.


May, 2018

May 2, Addison, NY: Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management School

Vermont’s Pasture consultant Sarah Flack and author of The Art and Science of Grazing will be on the farms leading in-depth pasture management and monitoring skills and teaching solutions in growing more forage to lower feed costs. Ms. Flack stresses the use of variable plant recovery periods in grazing system planning and implementation. “Too many times we get in a routine or use standard guidelines and forget to observe the plant growth. Changing the pre-grazing height and what you leave behind is one of the best ways to grow more quality forage. Net farm income improves as you lengthen the grazing season.”

May 3, Guilford, NY: Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management School

Vermont’s Pasture consultant Sarah Flack and author of The Art and Science of Grazing will be on the farms leading in-depth pasture management and monitoring skills and teaching solutions in growing more forage to lower feed costs. Ms. Flack stresses the use of variable plant recovery periods in grazing system planning and implementation. “Too many times we get in a routine or use standard guidelines and forget to observe the plant growth. Changing the pre-grazing height and what you leave behind is one of the best ways to grow more quality forage. Net farm income improves as you lengthen the grazing season.”

May 12, Indiana, PA: Learn to Manage Parasite Resistance on Your Farm

Equine gastrointestinal parasites, and their increasing resistance to available de-wormers, are a major concern in the equine industry. Taking a whole-farm approach to managing parasites can decrease the frequency of deworming, eliminate the use of products that are no longer effective on your farm, help you learn which horses have natural resistance and which ones are “shedders,” and help decrease the development of resistance to de-wormers. Routinely deworming with the same products, or simply rotating de-wormers, is not the best method and can contribute to the development of parasites that are resistant to the products that we use. Since no new products are on the immediate horizon, if resistance continues to progress at the present rate, the equine industry may face a major crisis.

May 12, 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 pastureforage 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.

May 20. Bethel, VT: The Family Cow: The ins and outs of caring for your milk cow & calf

A growing number of people have gotten the ‘Farming Bug’; it usually starts with a garden, then a few chickens, then perhaps a goat or two, maybe a pig … and ultimately you find yourself wishing you could have you own source of fresh milk that you could harvest from your growing, family-scale farm. If this sounds familiar to you, or you have a friend who is venturing down this road, then please join the next Family Cow Workshop designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow & calf.

May 22. Mansfield, PA: Pasture Walk: Optimizing Forage in the Grazing Dairy

Backwoods Organic Dairy is a spring-calving, seasonal, 60-cow, cross-bred herd on 100 acres of pasture, and 300 acres of hay. After 7 years of operation, in 2018, the farm will be attempting to transition its certified organic herd to a 100% grass diet. Join us for this spring pasture walk, where we will focus on forage quality in the grazing paddocks and hay fields, including identification and discussion of various grass, legume, and forb species, and what they can bring to the animals’ diet and health. Some discussion regarding higher-energy, summer annual forages may be included, as well, as farmer Mike Geiser strategizes how to keep good energy in his milking herd, through the summer slump. This is a good walk for graziers looking to optimize their pastures, and gain exposure to a farm transitioning into a grass-fed management system.


June, 2018

Jun 1, Greensburg, PA: Sheep and Goat Workshops: Financial Management

Sheep and goat producers should have a good understanding of a variety of financial aspects related to their operation. New producers should begin with assessing what resources they have available on their farm and what resources they will need to purchase. All producers should develop a budget to help them better manage finances throughout the year.

Jun 2, Brattleboro, VT: Strolling of the Heifers

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Come down to Brattleboro’s historic Main Street on Saturday, June 2. 2018 Parade theme: MAY THE FARMS BE WITH YOU


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