The conference will include day-long focused sessions on soil health and farm planning on Friday January 17. On Saturday January 18, there will be 21 workshops for all types of livestock operations including dairy, beef, sheep, swine, poultry. The conference features keynote speaker Dr. Ben Bartlett, retired Extension Livestock Specialist from Michigan State University and farmer raising sheep and beef, as well as other national, regional, and local speakers.
Workshop highlights include sessions on:
- · Day-long soil health intensive—get the most from your soil
- · Building a productive, profitable and pleasurable farm operation
- · Implications of soil health—measuring what we see
- · Economics of grazing under different scenarios
- · Low and no-grain feeding
- · Haylage quality and feeding for pasture-based farms
- · Low stress animal handling
- · More sheep, less work
Conference hosted by the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) and the Vermont Beef Producers’ Associations (VBPA), and coordinated by the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Registration discounts are available for VGFA and VBPA members. More details about the conference as well as registration are available at www.uvm.edu/pasture. Contact conference coordinator Jenn Colby at firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 656-0858 with any questions.