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  • Mending Pastures After Excessive Rains

    Mending Pastures After Excessive Rains
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
     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 […]
    Posted July 12, 2013.
  • Millet: An Exciting Pasture Plant

    Millet: An Exciting Pasture Plant
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
      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 […]
    Posted June 26, 2013.
  • Ins and Outs of Livestock Fence Systems

    Ins and Outs of Livestock Fence Systems
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted June 03, 2013.
  • Fact Sheets from the Grazing Symposium

    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted April 10, 2013.
  • Grazing Resources

    Grazing Resources
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted April 08, 2013.
  • Biodiverse Pastures

    Biodiverse Pastures
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    Improving plant biodiversity in pastures has several benefits. A variety of species in a pasture will give grazing animals a range of plants to eat and provide a buffer against weather and seasonal […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Fill Their Rumens, Get More Milk

    Fill Their Rumens, Get More Milk
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    A: Low Density Pasture = Less Intake   B: High Density Pasture = More Intake Well-managed pasture can be high quality forage, when the stand is dense, at least 6-8 inches tall, and a mix of […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Cows Need Water to Thrive, Not Just Survive

    Cows Need Water to Thrive, Not Just Survive
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium - April 1st, 2013

    Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium - April 1st, 2013
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Pasture Management Planning for the New Year

    Pasture Management Planning for the New Year
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
      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 […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Tall Fescue: A Problematic Pasture Grass

    Tall Fescue: A Problematic Pasture Grass
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    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 […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
  • Top Grazing Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

    Top Grazing Mistakes (and how to avoid them)
    Cheryl Cesario on BLOG
    TOP GRAZING MISTAKES   by Cheryl Cesario, Grazing Outreach Professional  The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) annual field days recently took place in Brattleboro and while this event is […]
    Posted March 18, 2013.
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