Mending Pastures After Excessive Rains

 Cows grazing in wet, saturated pasture. This summer’s rainy, severe weather has had quite a negative effect on pasture quality. Visiting several grazing farms over the last month, we have seen that many dairy herds have been periodically housed and fed in the barn or barnyard in order to help preserve pasture stands, soil quality […]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Millet: An Exciting Pasture Plant

  Soon we’ll be coming up on the time of the summer where pastures really slow down and seem not to be growing at all. We are moving past the period of most rapid growth for our cool-season grasses (bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and orchard grass, for example) and in late summer we’ll see that growth […]

Tags: , , ,

Ins and Outs of Livestock Fence Systems

In early May, Dave Kennard at Wellscroft Farm and Fence Systems in Harrisville, NH hosted a fantastic full day workshop covering all aspects of livestock fencing. It was an information filled day with lots of helpful hints and tips on topics such as proper grounding, choosing the right sized energizer, locating it in the right […]

Tags: ,

Fact Sheets from the Grazing Symposium

Four separate fact sheets are now available from Sarah Flack’s presentation at our April 1st Grazing Symposium. Simply click on the links below to view them. Keys to Grazing Success Designing the Grazing System Calculating Paddock Sizes, Dry Matter Intake, and Acreage Needed Pasture Pitfalls  

Tags: , , , , ,

Grazing Resources

The Extension eOrganic site has some great grazing resources with a wide variety of topics – including general design and layout, fencing and other infrastructure advice, animal behavior, and management tips to maximize dry matter intake – along with much more. Click the link for a list of articles: http://www.extension.org/pages/59464/grazing-management-on-organic-farms. Lots of great info for […]

Tags: ,

Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium – April 1st, 2013

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY GRAZING SYMPOSIUM Monday, April 1st   *   10:00 am – 2:30 pm American Legion, Vergennes, VT $20 registration includes a hot lunch and some great door prizes.  Join the discussion and step up your grazing skills this coming season!   Come hear grazing expert, Sarah Flack provide helpful tips to fine-tune your existing […]

Tags: , , ,

Pasture Management Planning for the New Year

  While it may not be a common New Year’s resolution, stepping up your pasture management might be an important one. After all, improved pasture management can lead to lots of other improvements on the farm, including improved profits. Winter is a great time to think about the grazing season to come and start making […]

Tags: ,

Tall Fescue: A Problematic Pasture Grass

Tall fescue is a pasture grass that is relatively easy to identify late in the season – just look for the grass that your animals have refused all season. Typically livestock will avoid tall fescue if given other options. That is because this tall bunch grass is quite unpalatable. The leaves, which are quite broad, […]

Tags: ,

Top Grazing Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

  The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) annual field days recently took place in Brattleboro and while this event is a chance for organic dairy producers across the region to get together, many of the topics presented are relevant for any grazing dairy producer, organic or not. One of the great workshops was ‘Top […]

Tags: ,

Cows Need Water to Thrive, Not Just Survive

One of the key elements of a successful grazing system is having clean and abundant water available at all times. Just how much is needed? A lactating dairy cow consumes up to 25 gallons of water per day, while a beef cow requires up to 20 gallons. The total amount of water that must be […]

Tags: , ,