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Grazing School at Gould Farm: Best Practices for Pasture Management
March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$40 – $50
In this all-day workshop with Berkshire Grow, folks will discuss the basics of how set up a new grazing system, and how to troubleshoot and improve an existing one. The day will start from the perspective of pasture plants, and then shift to look at grazing from the perspective of the livestock. This will provide a solid understanding of how to meet the needs of the plants and livestock from the soil up. Topics will include how to use the “Graziers Toolbox” including varied stock densities, trampling and different regrowth periods, pre & post grazing heights to use livestock to improve the pastures as well as fertility inputs, soil testing and reseeding strategies. The class will cover “Pasture Pitfalls” as you look at common problems and how to identify the cause and come up with low cost solutions. Attendees will do the “Pasture Math” to calculate paddock sizes, acreage needs and stocking rates, then folks will look at how to maximize pasture intake for the livestock to lower feed costs and improve livestock wellbeing and productivity, and will also discuss how to observe and monitor the soils, plants and livestock so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to, and what we can do to make them better.
Presented by: Sarah Flack
Sarah is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializing in grass-based livestock farming systems. She takes a practical approach in applying the science of agronomy and grazing, combined with farm business planning, to allow farmers to make well informed decisions. Her goal is to help create more farms with successful grass-based management systems, empowering farmers to create positive change for pastures, soils, livestock, and farmers quality of life. Sarah is author of The Art and Science of Grazing, Organic Dairy Production and co author of The Organic Dairy Handbook, Vermont Grass-Based Beef Profitability: Lessons and Budgets, and Transitioning to Organic Dairy as well as many articles.