Grazing Class

Sign Up For Our Fall & Winter Grazing Class 2018-2019!

Middlebury, VT October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2018

Register here for the Middlebury class!

OR

Rutland, VT March 5,12,19,26, 2019 (TBD)

The fee is $40 which includes The Art and Science of Grazing book by Sarah Flack. This class is for farmers who currently own livestock and want to create, improve or expand their pasture management system.

Do you:

  • Want to change from confinement or set rotation to management intensive grazing?
  • Have a grazing plan, but want to better understand how to implement it?
  • Need grazing infrastructure (e.g. fence, water, animal trails) and would like to design a system that may qualify for NRCS financial assistance?

 Topics Covered

  • Pasture plant identification of common species, looking at favorable growth conditions, and how plants respond to grazing impact.
  • Pasture nutrition and how it can affect grazing behavior and overall intake and animal performance.
  • Grazing management concepts such as measuring dry matter availability, determining paddock sizes, stocking rate versus stocking density and overall acreage requirements.
  • Soil health in pasture systems and the benefits of soil, forage and manure testing to understand nutrient cycling and nutrient management within pasture systems.
  • Pasture system design to determine infrastructure needs and management techniques to avoid overgrazing damage, decreased carrying capacity and other negative impacts.
  • Grazing record keeping systems and the benefits of monitoring and documenting activities

In addition to 4 class dates, there will also be opportunity for one-on-one consultation.

Register now for the Fall Middlebury Class! – regonline.com/grazingplanclasses

Rutland class registration coming in the future.

2018 GrazingClass Flyer- PDF

information or questions, contact Cheryl Cesario- 802-388-4969 ext. 346 or 1-800-956-1125

This program is supported with a grant from: