Upcoming Events

August, 2019

Aug 2, Wolcott, NY: Youngman Farms Pasture Walk

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension NWNY Team’s Small Farms and Livestock Specialist, Nancy Glazier for a pasture walk. Shawn has worked with his father Allen to expand their beef operation by adding beef cows and pasture. He is looking to subdivide to allow more efficient use of the pastures. Topics to be discussed: fencing, fertility, pasture seeding and rotation. Cost is $10 per person, $15 per farm/family. Light refreshments will be provided. Please remember to wear clean boots. RSVP by August 1st to Nancy by calling or texting 585-315-7746 or nig3 at cornell.edu

Aug 6, Honeoye Falls, NY: Veterans in Ag: Pasture Management

The Cornell Small Farms Program project Farm OPS is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). In this class you’ll get a basic understanding of soils and pasture plants and how to improve the functioning of the Four Ecosystem Processes (water cycle, mineral cycle, biological communities, and energy flow) to improve forage for livestock. The morning will be a power point presentation and the afternoon will be hands on and in the field. You’ll learn how to identify the soils on your farm, determine soil texture by feel, research land use history and how it can provide clues for future uses, identify soil drainage class and why it matters in pastures, and how to grow good, nutritious grasses and legumes for optimal livestock health.

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 9, Ghent, NY: Seedstock Beef Production

Well known nationwide for their high quality animals, join Phil Trowbridge and family to learn the ins and outs of selling elite genetics, which include heifer calves, cows, bulls, embryo packages, and more. We will also be joined by the staff from New York State Agriculture and Markets to discuss the new regulations on tagging and identification of cattle.

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, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA: Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems Research Tour

This workshop is for dairy farmers, livestock farmers, grain farmers, agricultural consultants and educators, and anyone interested in soil conservation, water quality, manure injection, integrated pest management, and cover crops.

We have an agenda full of exciting topics and excellent speakers, including:

  • Managing Weeds with Diverse Rotations and Tactics (Dr. John Wallace, Haleigh Summers, Teala Ficks)
  • Managing Nutrient Inputs and Reducing Losses (Dr. Charlie White, Dr. Curtis Dell, Anthony Collins, Mara Cloutier, Robb Meinen, Leon Ressler)
  • Strategies for Double-Cropping Winter Annuals with Corn Silage for Feed Production, Nutrient Management, and Farm Profitability (Dr. Heather Karsten and Virginia Ishler)
  • The Power of Predators to Control Insects and Slugs (Dr. John Tooker and Andrew Aschwanden)

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 14, Union, CT: Silvopasture & Agroforestry 101

The latest Soil Health workshop at Hidden Blossom Farm in Union, CT as part of Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area’s Healthy Soils Initiative. In collaboration with partners, this workshop will focus on the basics of silvopasture and agroforestry. The day will include guest speakers, demonstrations, and field walks in rugged terrain.

Aug 16, Pembroke, NH: UNH Beef Producers Field Day

Come gather with UNH Cooperative Extension at Gelinas Farm in Pembroke, NH for a diverse, hands-on day of education about beef production with Dr. Colt W. Knight, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Livestock Specialist. Dr. Knight will cover a variety of topics that will give you tools to aid in improving your management and bottom line of your beef business. All beef production sizes, systems, and experiences welcome! We will also have time at the end of the day to have a structured group discussion about NH beef production needs, future goals, and direction of the industry in the state. So please come with your thoughts and suggestions!

Aug 20, Honeoye Falls, NY: Veterans in Ag: Holistic Planned Grazing

The Cornell Small Farms Program project Farm OPS is providing series of training workshops throughout 2019 for veterans interested in agriculture. Veterans interested in these programs must be enrolled at a VA facility in NYS (VISN2 area). In this class we’ll learn how to improve the land with animals. We’ll discuss different grazing management techniques including Holistic Planned Grazing and when to use them. In the afternoon participants will break into small groups to create a grazing plan. We’ll head out in the field to learn some simple pasture monitoring techniques.

Aug 21, Monroe, ME: Value Added Diverse Dairy

In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to “get big or get out” as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture-based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative - by diversification, value-added production and innovative marketing strategies. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows in Monroe. See how farmers Greg and Heide Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long-term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese and ice cream, along with honey, fermented vegetables, sausages, sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spots, meat chickens and eggs. They recently added a new cheese cave to make cave aged cheese and salami. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other. Potluck to follow.

Aug 21, Keene, NH: Pasture Walk for Soil Health

Join UNH Cooperative Extension and Granite State Graziers for a presentation by Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County. Fay will cover preventing loss of nutrients and top soil through soil erosion by strengthening soil aggregates, identifying compaction in soils, understanding how carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in soil, and improving the soils ability to recycle and hold nutrients. The Soil Health Trailer is also equipped with a Rainfall Simulator, which will show how differently managed soils react to rainfall. This event will allow participants to measure compaction in the pasture and under the fence line with penetrometers in order to see the compaction caused by livestock. The New York Soil Health Trailer participates in field days across the Northeast demonstrating to producers how soil health helps their operation by providing technical soil services and grazing management education.

CONTACT: RSVP Appreciated—contact Elaina Enzien at elaina.enzien at unh.edu or at 603-679-56

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.

Aug 27, Online: Webinar: Right Animal, Right Place, Right Time

Livestock can be a wonderful tool for both farm profitability and ecological health of the farm, if only managed correctly. Understanding the way animals behave, and thinking of our role as orchestrating their movement through a habitat is critical to maintain the health of the animals and of the land. Join this webinar to explore the key considerations for ruminants, pigs, and poultry and ways they can be ecologically managed on the farm.

Aug 27, Westfield, VT: Climate Resiliency and Pasture Management Workshop

Joshua Faulkner, UVM Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, will lay a foundation for climate science and agriculture related climate data and research. Sarah Flack, consulatant, will lead a pasture walk and discuss improving soil health and pasture irrigation. Nick Comerci, NRCS, will share technical and financial information for pasture irrigation.

Aug 28, Canastota, NY: Evaluating Grass-fed Dairy Genetics in the Pasture Field Day

A cow’s level of efficiency in naturally converting available resources into nutritious consumer food is the key to a farmers’ profitability, sustainability, lifestyle and consumer health. Healthy cows provide healthy food and healthy profits,” emphasizes cattle industry maverick and CEO of Nature’s Blueprint Cow, John O’Brien.

With over 50 years of experience in the cattle industry covering every aspect of the Australian and international dairy and beef cattle sectors; from importing and exporting live cattle and frozen genetics, to consulting with farmers around the globe on genetic selection and design, as well as implementing profitable farming systems, O’Brien brings a hands-on holistic approach to achieve proven results.

This personal field day is an opportunity and investment in knowledge where farmers will learn the art of evaluating grass-fed dairy cattle, the requirements of a profitable grass based cow, the importance of pedigree, the VIP selection criteria when purchasing a bull, the major genetic defect no one speaks of, improving productivity not production and realizing the cost of thin cows in your herd.

The event is sponsored by Maple Hill Creamery, Organic Valley Cooperative, Nathan and Kristine Weaver, Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District, Madison County Graziers Group and the Peterboro Amish Church Community

To preregister for this unique gathering to look at some great cows and grass: Call Troy Bishopp, Madison County SWCD at (315) 824-9849 ext. 110 or Email at troy-bishopp at verizon.net

Aug 28, Highgate, VT: 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.

Aug 29, Goshen, VT: Grazing Fundamentals Pasture Walk

Ready to learn about the grazing basics for goats and sheep? Understanding the principles of grazing, deciding how to prioritize land and animal management, and special challenges with small ruminants are just some of the tools that Jenn Colby, UVM Pasture Program Coordinator, employs to help farmers learn from scratch or transition from less grazing-intensive systems.

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 7-8, Shelburne, VT: 2019 Vermont Shearing School

The Vermont Sheep and Goat Association in conjunction with UVM Extension will sponsor a two day Vermont Sheep Shearing School this year. This is a beginner / intermediate sheep shearing school. Participants will have a hands-on experience shearing sheep with the one on one guidance of professional shearers. All aspects of shearing will be discussed including shearing day preparations, equipment set up and basic maintenance, fitness, the shearing pattern, sheep handling and control and basic wool handling. Participants will receive lessons prior to the school to prepare for the weekend and a shearing binder that covers all the course work and has a wealth of additional pertinent information. Even if you are not interested in shearing sheep for a living the course supplies valuable information to the shepherd regarding the process and the equipment. The cost for the complete course is $275.00. If you are really interested in learning how to shear; thinking about a career in shearing or improving your skills with the feedback from experienced professional shearers this course will get you started the right way. We will be teaching the New Zealand system of shearing. The course is also open for auditing without the actual shearing for $50 for either day.

Sep 10, Bellefonte, PA: So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

You will learn the basis of good beef husbandry practices including: how to identify beef breeds, proper nutrition and health management, and marketing. Topics will include nutrition, health, breeds, and marketing. Individuals will have access to Livestock Extension Team members to get unbiased information on starting their own beef enterprise.

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 19, Hoosick Falls, NY: Cow Calf Production and the Freezer Trade

The Tilley family has transitioned from a dairy to multi-species livestock farm, selling meat directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and retail shops. The farm focuses on grass-fed Red Devon Cattle, as well as poultry and pork production. We will also be joined by Steve Hadcock, Beginning Farmer and Market Development Educator and staff from New York State Agriculture and Markets to discuss the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program.

Sep 25, Collegeville, PA: So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

You will learn the basis of good beef husbandry practices including: how to identify beef breeds, proper nutrition and health management, and marketing. Topics will include nutrition, health, breeds, and marketing. Individuals will have access to Livestock Extension Team members to get unbiased information on starting their own beef enterprise.

Sep 25-26, Albany, NY: Grazier’s Multi-Species Grazing School with Greg Judy

Greg will explain: How to give your customers more products options. Load your wagon to become their one-stop shop for grass fed products. Work with Nature to beautify your landscape while sanitizing pastures and building soil. Increase your bottom line. Switch focus when one market is high and another low. Select and develop adaptable low-maintenance, easy-keeping seedstock for multi-species operations. And lots more!

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.

Sep 27, Albany, NY: Silvopasture School

Silvopasture can help you productively and profitably utilize every area of your farm or ranch. Why wait 15 to 30 years to harvest timber when adding livestock can give you profits every year?

October, 2019

Oct 16-17, Nashville, TN: Grazier’s Marketing School

This Grazier’s Marketing School is designed for those graziers who want to double their dollars per animal by capturing the other 50 percent of the consumer’s meat dollar. This school will cover the advantages and disadvantages of many forms of direct marketing. Joel Salatin is the guru of direct marketing and has a lifetime of advice to give you. A major emphasis of this school will be on avoiding deadbeat customers and negative cash flow situations.

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.

January, 2020

Jan 15-16, Fairlee, VT: Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting

Stay tuned for details!

Jan 17-18, Fairlee, VT: Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

February, 2020

Feb 4-5, Jackson, MS: Grazier’s Grassroots of Grazing School

Taught by Jim Gerrish, the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer and the author of Management Intensive Grazing and Kick the Hay Habit

Feb 6-7, Jackson, MS: Management-Intensive Grazing School

Jim Gerrish will sharpen your grazier skills and show you the what and the how in making your grass farm productive and profitable.


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