Pasture Program Establishes Long-Term Research at Philo Ridge Farm

We are very pleased to announce that Technical Coordinator Dr. Juan Alvez has just embarked on a multi-year grazing research partnership hosted by Philo Ridge Farm.  This research will evaluate forage production under different management strategies, soil health, animal productivity, and more. Read more at Philo Ridge’s web site!  We’re super excited.  Congrats, Juan!  

How managing for increased biodiversity can help farmers

By: Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture In 2013, our research team* embarked on a collaborative, long-term study focused on understanding how ecologic habitat disruption is associated with livestock wellbeing and health, and how that can affect society. This is far from a local or unique issue. With human […]

Grazing and Conservation in Brazil and Vermont: More Alike Than You Might Think

By: Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Early this year, my work in sustainable agriculture brought me to the State of Santa Catarina (Southern Brazil), as a co-instructor of “Agroecology, Ecosystem Services and Farmer’s Livelihoods”. There, I joined about twenty people, visiting farms located at the Atlantic […]

Soil moisture sensors can help manage grazing

By: Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture As predictions for the Northeastern U.S. suggest wetter, warmer climate in the near future, the use of technology such as precision agriculture, can be of great use to enable a more sustainable modern day farming. One of the tools the Center for […]

When planning for the summer slump, consider Pearl Millet

By: Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Getting ready for mid-summer dry weather for your grazing animals? Pearl millet may be a great annual option because of its incredible resiliency!. (scroll down to see the pictures and blog post below) Pearl millet or Millet [Pennisetum americanum (L.) R. Br. […]

Right Sizing Farms

By Kimberly Hagen Grazing Specialist Right-sizing. It’s what all farms must do if they are to stay profitable, and in balance, preserving the integrity of the soil, water and air, both on the farm and in the surrounding environment. As the water quality issue moves Vermont and its agricultural community into deeper levels of debate […]

‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside’: Watch out for Livestock!

Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Agriculture – UVM Extension Livestock animals can bear cold weather. But even if we want to extend the grazing season, keeping our animals outside, as much as possible, there are some kinds of cold weather that we must pay very careful attention to.  When it comes to […]

Grazing sequentially vs. pasture skipping

Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Agriculture – UVM Extension   For many livestock farmers, grazing pastures and paddocks in a simple, sequential order may be tempting. It can be an uncomplicated way to keep track of where animals have been. It is admittedly easy to set up a large pasture […]

Life and soil minerals

Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Agriculture – UVM Extension Since the onset of agriculture, successful farming has meant the extraction of minerals from soil as plants grow. A relatively small world population and a vast agricultural frontier made this seem a problem of minor consideration and until relatively recently, Planet […]

Batt-Latch: “Set it and forget it!”

Juan P. Alvez | Pasture Technical Coordinator, Center for Sustainable Agriculture – UVM Extension Being a farmer is simply one of the busiest human activities so, what grazing farmer wouldn’t benefit from an automatic gate opener? We recently learned about this useful device with the ability to automatically open gates. It is called a ‘Batt-Latch.’ […]