Two Great Upcoming Events…Pastures & Cover Crops

The Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team is pleased to announce two fantastic events in November: November 8th * 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  *  Ferrisburgh, VT No-Till Cover Crop FIELD DAY Can no-till, cover crop mixes and manure work in corn silage on the clay soils of the Champlain Valley??  We’re trying to […]

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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 […]

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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  

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Grazing Road Trip

  UVM Extension Grazing Specialists Kim Hagen and Cheryl Cesario (taking the picture) spent the day last week with Willie Gibson of NOFA-VT and grazing expert Darrell Emmick from NY state. The group visited an organic dairy farm in East Montpelier and a grass-fed beef operation in Waitsfield. They spent a whirlwind day discussing topics […]

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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 […]

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Fill Their Rumens, Get More Milk

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 grasses, legumes, and herbs. To maintain a pasture-based dairy ration, dry matter intake from pasture must remain high. When […]

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