Upcoming Events

July, 2019

Jul 9, Summerhill, PA: Twilight Tour

Penn State Extension Dairy Team welcomes you to attend our Twilight Tours. At these events you will be able to enjoy an evening of fellowship with friends, tour a dairy farm and enjoy an ice cream social. The Penn State Extension dairy team will have displays on hand and also available to answer any questions you may have.

Jul 10, Mifflinburg, PA: Land & Feed Efficiency on Pastured Livestock Farms

Bill Callahan, a contributor to the PASA Pastured Livestock Land & Feed Efficiency Study, has pasture-raised poultry, pigs, and cattle at Cow-A-Hen Farm for more than two decades. During this field day, he will share his effective, low-tech approach to keeping the comprehensive records he needs to monitor and evaluate the efficiency of his operation. We’ll also explore some of the opportunities and challenges at the farm for improving efficiency and profitability, including developing pig farrowing systems to reduce weanling mortality, cattle breeding strategies to help the herd adapt to the farm, and using an innovative pastured-broiler pen designed to substantially reduce predation on a farm surrounded by woodland.

Jul 11, Constable, NY: Organic Dairy Series - Production and Land Reclamation

Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby, Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, and host Lawrence Horst for a pasture walk and talk about grass-fed dairy production and strategies for land reclamation and improvement. The Horsts manage a grass-fed Holstein herd and focus on maximizing forage production and quality through both annual and perennial forages as well as reclaiming and improving pastures and hay meadows on their farm.

Jul 11, Mifflinburg, PA: Twilight Tour

Penn State Extension Dairy Team welcomes you to attend our Twilight Tours. At these events you will be able to enjoy an evening of fellowship with friends, tour a dairy farm and enjoy an ice cream social. The Penn State Extension dairy team will have displays on hand and also available to answer any questions you may have.

Jul 13, Randolph, VT: VSGA Sheep and Goat Health Presentation

Dr Alison Cornwall did a presentation on ram breeding soundness at the National Sheep Improvement Workshop held at Vermont Technical college on May 7, 2018 She has agreed to do a two hour talk on general health issues for sheep and goats for VSGA members.

Jul 18, Bulger, PA: Twilight Farm Tour

Rivendale Farm has gained attention from regional and national press for their efforts to employ advanced technologies on a small-scale while continuing to relying on traditional farming methods. Join PASA for a twilight tour of the operation with Rivendale farmers Susanna Meyer and Neil Stauffer to see how the farm produces high-end dairy products, poultry, and vegetables utilizing state-of-the-art technologies like robotic milkers, as well as low- and no-tech methods like egg mobiles and guardian dogs, in a beautiful corner of southwest Pennsylvania.

Jul 16, Dundee, NY: High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat

By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.

Jul 18, Erieville, NY: High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat

By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.

Jul 20, State College, PA: Beef Summer Field Day

The 2019 Annual Beef Summer Field Day will be held on Penn State’s University Park Campus at the Snider Agricultural Arena. Feature items on the agenda include policies affecting the beef industry with Colin Woodall and a demonstration of handling practices and techniques with Ron Gill. Opportunities to tour Penn State’s beef facilities will be available!

Jul 23, Dallastown, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Jul 25, Alburgh, VT: [2019 Annual Crops and Soils Field Day]https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=2566753()

In the morning, we will tour the research experiments and hear about results from the NWCS team. Afternoon workshops will allow you to spend time learning about specific topics with this year’s afternoon intensives to include:

Hemp and Hops - general agronomics, research results, irrigation, fertility management, and pest management. Cover Crops - techniques for seeding, variety evaluations, roll and crimp management, and benefits to the soil. Getting Started with Grazing - setting up a grazing plan, evaluating land needs, watering systems, fencing, and paddock management. Beans & Corn - selecting varieties for the food grade market, growing specialty crops, processing, and handling.

Jul 25, Reedsville, PA: On-Farm Dairy Series - Incremental Expansion

  • State of the Dairy Industry
  • Turning the Data You Have into Profit
  • Dairy Business Benchmarks
  • Incremental Expansion: Kish-View Farm’s Experience

Jul 25, Claremont, NH: Pasturing Calves and Heifers

Pasturing calves and heifers on high forage, low grain diets while using low cost simple fencing. Dealing with the summer pasture slump, and facing the challenges of transitioning a farm to a young farmer owner. Baird is a Master with the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and the programs growth in the region will be introduced to participants. Organized through the UVM Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) Program.

Jul 25-27, Cobleskill, NY: Grasstravaganza 2019: Health and Resiliency from Soil to Table

SUNY Cobleskill, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the New York Grazing Coalition, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Cornell University Cooperative Extension, is hosting the 2019 Grasstravaganza. The conference will cover the importance of grazing livestock with a Soil to Table perspective and includes both regional and national speakers to include, Dr. Elaine Ingham, microbiologist and soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. as well as workshops, hands-on learning at the college farm, and local farm tours. Other speakers include Matt LeRoux and Ashley McFarland of Cornell University Extension on marketing grass-fed meats, Jim Hardin of SUNY Cobleskill on cool technology for grass-based farms, and Mike Baker from Cornell University on grass-finishing beef.

Jul 27, Quechee, VT: Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up

How do we know if our management practices are working? Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will lead a hands-on soil health workshop at Wild Water Farm in Quechee. We’ll start with a simple understanding of landscape function and the soil health principles to create conditions for building the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Employing the soil health principles can enhance photosynthesis and capture water, enabling the soil micro biome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. We’ll review the basic practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. We’ll explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques to measure if our land management practice are improving ecosystem services.

Jul 31, Lebanon, PA: On-Farm Dairy Series - Planning and Building a New Dairy System

Long-term profitability comes with careful planning and continual strategic reinvestment in the dairy, incorporating the latest technologies, improvements in cow comfort, herd and employee management, and reduced environmental footprint. The On-Farm Dairy Series - Planning and Building a New Dairy System provides an opportunity to learn from dairy enterprises that made improvements based on sound business and facility planning.

August, 2019

Aug 7, Danville, VT: Raising Youngstock & Barn Design

Join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Henry & Allison Pearl to discuss their systems for raising youngstock. We will also spend time touring the new barn they built at Hill View Farm in 2015 to facilitate their groups of youngstock and dry cows and meet organic outdoor access requirements.

Aug 7, Shippensburg, PA: On-Farm Dairy Series - Milking Harvesting Decisions

  • State of the Dairy Industry
  • Dairy Management Tips
  • Dairy Business Benchmarks
  • Milking Harvesting Decisions: Gro-Lan Farm’s Experience

Aug 8, Charlotte, VT: Grass-milk Production Systems

Join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Joe & Emily Donegan to discuss grass-milk production. There will be a particular focus on grazing management, nutrition, animal housing, and labor efficiency.

Aug 12, Walpole, NY: Organic Dairy Series - Overcoming Dairy Production Challenges

Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby and Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, for a pasture walk and talk addressing strategies for overcoming grass-fed dairy production challenges. Chris and Holly Gowdy have been managing a seasonal grass-fed dairy herd with the cows calving in late summer. This allows them to focus on producing high quality first cut hay and align pasture productivity and herd demand.

Aug 14, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA: Dairy Industry Breakfast

Penn State Extension Dairy Team and the Center for Dairy Excellence are hosting a Dairy Industry Breakfast for dairy producers and agribusiness representatives during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days. The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provided much needed support to spur innovation and reinvestment in Pennsylvania’s dairy manufacturing and value-added industry. Secretary Russell Redding will share what the next steps for the Commonwealth will be in supporting dairy and particularly encouraging reinvestment in the processing sector, while two recipients of PDIP grants will share how they utilized dollars to provide new market opportunities for dairy farms.

Aug 14, Mechanicsville, PA: Raising Organic Pastured Poultry

During this PASA tour of Carversville Farm Foundation, you’ll see how the farm is expanding its organic pastured poultry operation to raise 400 turkeys, 3,000 broilers, and 1,300 laying hens this year. The tour will focus on examining the farm’s systems to husband and harvest certified organic poultry. In addition to reviewing the nuts and bolts of seasonal setup and daily care, we’ll explore utilizing appropriate technologies, increasing production efficiency, determining performance objectives, and maintaining records.

Aug 14, Truxton, NY: Building Resilience into Organic Forage Systems

Join Kirk and Kathie Arnold and learn about mixed intercropping, interseeding into corn, and double cropping with triticale and sorghum sudangrass. Cornell researchers will discuss improving soil health and other ways farmers can increase resilience to extreme weather events. The NY Soil Health Trailer will also be on-site with demonstrations to show participants how healthy soil compares to degraded soil.

Aug 28, Highgate, VT: Organic Dairy Series - Dairy & Forage Production and Nutrient Management

Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby, Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, and host Guy Choiniere for a farm tour and discussion on grass-fed dairy production, soil fertility and nutrient management, forage production and quality, and much more. The Choiniere’s farm is grass-fed and emphasizes the importance of supporting forage and animal productivity and quality through managing soil fertility and health.

September, 2019

Sep 5, Cornwall, VT: Pasture Management & Annuals for Summer Grazing

This pasture walk will focus on forage quality and soil health. Join us on The Severy’s Dairy Farm, where joined by grazing consultant Sarah Flack, they will share their approach to incorporating annual species into their summer grazing system and how that has increased the resiliency of their pastures.

Sep 17, Brattleboro, VT: Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Diversified Livestock Focus

Join Ashlyn & Abraham McClurg of Rebop Farm, a highly diversified, grass-based livestock farm in Brattleboro, as they share techniques they have used to improve the health of their soils and the productivity of their pastures. Some of the strategies discussed will include frost seeded perennials, interseeded annual cover crops, poultry tractors, and intensive rotational grazing.

Sep 19, Wernersville, PA: Regenerative Grazing From the Ground Up

Forrest and Greg Stricker from Spring Creek Farms—a 287-acre dairy and poultry farm that has been certified organic for two decades—will share with PASA how they optimize soil health through their pasture management practices as they strive to improve their forage productivity, quality, and longevity. The farm’s herd of Jersey, Holstein, and Ayrshire cows are 100-percent grass-fed, and graze perennial pasture in a management intensive, rotational system. The farm ships its organic, grass-fed milk, and offers on-farm raw milk sales.

Sep 26, Highgate Center, VT: Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Dairy Focus

Join Guy Choiniere of Choiniere Family Farm, a fourth generation, 100% grass-fed dairy farm in northwestern Vermont, as he shares lessons learned over the past 15 years about maximizing soil health while improving animal health and financial stability. We will tour the Choiniere’s grazing operation as Guy discusses his approach to soil health, which is centered around the principles of keeping it simple, replacing what you harvest, and building soil resiliency.

December, 2019

Dec 2-3, Harrisburg, PA: Women in Dairy Conference

Hosted by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, and planned by a great committee of dairy producers and dairy industry leaders, the Women in Dairy Conference promises to be a strong learning and networking opportunity for women in the dairy industry. The 2019 conference will focus on coping with stress in a positive way. Keynote speaker Sadie Fredericks, of Blue Diamond Dairy, will kick off the conference. The keynote will be followed by some outstanding breakout sessions, and conclude with small group facilitation and discussion.


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