Vermont Grazing Specialist to Speak at 2013 North Country Pasture Meetings


The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Northern New York Livestock Team and the Adirondack North Country Association are hosting 2013 North Country Pasture Meetings with guest speaker Jenn Colby, a grazing specialist and pasture program coordinator with the University of Vermont Center for Sustainability.
Colby, who raises sheep, pigs and poultry, will speak about grazing practices in Vermont and her current projects that involve pasturing techniques.
The meetings are set for:
Friday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, Copenhagen
$15 fee
Register by February 20 with Ron Kuck at CCE Jefferson County, 315-788-8450 or
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chateaugay Knights of Columbus, Route 374, Chateaugay
$30 per person, $5 for additional people from same farm; fee includes lunch
Sponsored by Feed Commodities, Inc., Malone, N.Y.
Register by February 21 with local CCE office--Clinton/Essex County: 518-561-7450,; Franklin County: 518-483-7403,; or St. Lawrence County: 315-379-9192,
The program agenda includes information "from northern New York farm fields" with either agronomy educator Mike Hunter of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County or Joe Lawrence of McClelland Agronomic Services discussing how the drought conditions of 2012 will affect pasture productivity in 2013 and the results of the northern New York on-farm pasture nitrogen research trials.
The February 22 program in Copenhagen will include discussion of new techniques, such as planting tillage radishes and using keyline subsoil plowing, for addressing soil compaction from animal traffic and how water flow and plant composition can substantially impact forage productivity.
The February 23 all-day program in Chateaugay also includes:
·  Trish Decosse of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District presenting programs of interest to grazers
·  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County agricultural program educator Peter Hagar providing information on pasture and forage insurance
·  Joe Orefice of North Branch Farm, Saranac, N.Y., and Paul Smith's College, Brighton, N.Y., with an introduction to silviculture and silviculture opportunities in the Adirondacks; and
·  Breakout sessions with grass-based dairy farmer Bob Zufall of Lisbon, N.Y.; with Hugh Sutherland, who operates a 700-sheep farm in Huntingdon, Quebec; and local beef backgrounders.
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