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Saturday, January 16
 

9:00am PST

Understanding Forages Gives You a Great Start
Have you read about the pros and cons of different forage plants, but struggled to identify them in the pasture?  Do you want to better understand how and why pasture plants can be used to your best advantage?  Understanding their structure and function is the place to start.  Taught by UVM Extension Forage Agronomist Sid Bosworth, this session will plenty of photos and hands-on practice with potted versions of your favorite pasture plants.

Speakers
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Sid Bosworth

UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Terrace Ballroom

1:15pm PST

Putting Some Buzz In Your Pastures: Improving Bee Health
A decline in honeybee and bumble bee populations over the past few decades has been attributed to many factors including pests, disease, pesticide exposure, and a loss of nectar and pollen resources. Historically, an important summer food resource for honeybees has been from forage legumes such as clovers, alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil. This session led by UVM’s Sid Bosworth and Samantha Alger will focus on the interactions of forage legumes with wild bees and honeybees and ways to increase floral resources in pastures and hay fields for these important insects. In addition, they will discuss Vermont’s first year in the National Honey Bee Survey and provide some preliminary results from the first year of sampling.

Speakers
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Samantha Alger

Graduate Student, UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
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Sid Bosworth

UVM Extension and Plant & Soil Science Dept.
Sid Bosworth is an Associate Extension Professor of Agronomy at the University of Vermont and serves as the state Extension Agronomist. He has been in this position since 1990.  Sid has taught courses in forage crops, turf management and weed ecology and has conducted applied research... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Edgewater

3:00pm PST

CANCELLED--Feeding Into December: Twenty Years of Season Extension
Due to unforeseen circumstances, David is unable to present this year.  We plan to reschedule this session for 2017.  Wellscroft will still be represented in the tradeshow area.
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Do you know that it’s possible to keep grazing into December without supplemental feed?  David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm has been raising pastured sheep into early winter for over twenty years, using strategic placement and portable fencing to graze hay aftermath on neighboring farms.  David will share his experience building up forage root reserves, walking sheep to nearby pastures, and documenting comparisons of grazing vs. hay feeding on weight gain.

Speakers
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David Kennard

Owner, Wellscroft Fence Systems and Wellscroft Farm
For the past 37 years David Kennard has raised commercial Dorset crosses using IRG to maximize the forage on the hilly, rocky terrain on the 100 acres known as Wellscroft Farm in Chesham, NH. David uses a blend of Sylva culture and agriculture to maximize the out-put of the land thereby... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PST
Lake Morey Resort