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Saturday, January 16

9:00am PST

Real Life Grazing Do’s and Don’ts from the Field
Cheryl Cesario, Pasture Specialist with the UVM Extension Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture team will present a real-example slideshow of the good, the bad and the ugly she’s seen in her work and talk about strategies to reach that desired ‘good’ category.  With plenty of photos, basic concepts, and paddock sizing calculations, this is a great place for the new grazier to learn the ropes.

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Cheryl Cesario

Grazing Specialist, UVM Extension Crop, Soil & Pasture Team
Cheryl Cesario is a Grazing Outreach Specialist with UVM Extension in Middlebury. She works with farmers to get the most out their pastures…balancing the needs of people, plants, animals, and water quality. She prepares grazing plans for beef, dairy and other livestock producers... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Captain's Room

1:15pm PST

The Pasture Toolbox: What Should You Expect From Your Forages, and What Should They Expect of You?
Farmers are often frustrated by low hay yields, slow recovery after harvest, poor plant persistence, low plant palatability, and invasion of undesirable pasture plants.  The root of the problem is often a lack of understanding about the characteristics of the plants in their pasture, how they respond to management, and how to manage them optimally.  In this interactive session, we will discuss the agronomic characteristics of a wide range of forage species including: birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, red clover, kura clover, white clover, perennial ryegrass, meadow fescue, reed canary grass, Italian ryegrass, smooth bromegrass, orchardgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and more.  Presented by UVM Agronomist Dan Hudson.

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Dan Hudson

Agronomist, UVM Extension
Daniel Hudson serves the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut Watershed as an agronomist and nutrient management specialist for University of Vermont Extension and is available statewide and regionally as needed. Daniel's work focuses on improving farm profitability and overall sustainability... Read More →

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

3:00pm PST

Troubleshooting Your Grazing System in Three Dimensions
Sometimes laying out plans on paper – whether in narrative or pictures – just doesn’t give the full breadth of what a living, functioning farm is all about. In this session we’ll set up a model farm to work through a production plan for it according to its resources and limitations. Planned as a follow up working session to last year; bring your examples and  UVM Extension’s Kimberly Hagen will help work through them in a group problem-solving session.

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Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm PST
Captain's Room