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On-Farm Research [clear filter]
Saturday, January 16
 

9:00am PST

Observation Highlights From Three Research Farms
For the past three years, a UVM Extension team has been documenting the effects of different management strategies on three grass-based farms in Vermont.  The three farms, raising beef, dairy cows, and sheep, were evaluated for changes in forage, soil biological activity, energy use, costs and benefits of practices, and how the farmers themselves adapted to changes in strategies and conditions over time.  Team members will present about some of the take away observations from each farm and what they might mean in practical terms for others farmers to learn from and act on.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvez

Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Extension, Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in   Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in   Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced   interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Lakeside East

1:15pm PST

A Holistic Approach to Livestock Production
Come explore the connections between soil biodiversity, forages, animal and human health that can mean a more resilient approach to dairy and farming. Explore topics including soils, forages, rumen microbiome, milk fatty acids across diets.  Project lead Juan Alvez of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture will highlight tools for grass farmers to monitor grazing behavior and forage utilization in real time; the impact of grazing summer annuals on milk production, composition and fatty acid profile as well as rumen function; and how biodiversity in diet can affect overall livestock wellbeing and holistic farm success.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvez

Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Extension, Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in   Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in   Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced   interdisciplinary... Read More →


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

3:00pm PST

The Plots Thicken: Using Local On-farm R&D Plots to Select Suitable Forage Species for Your Farm
Are there opportunities for you to increase profitability by choosing forage species and varieties that address various needs on your farm?  If you could increase the dry matter intake and lactation of your cows by using haylage made with lower-fiber grasses or grasses with higher fiber digestibility, would it be worth a look?   Are there higher-yielding, more persistent legume species and varieties?  What does it look like when you combine species/variety X, Y, and Z?  What kind of seeding rate is appropriate?  You can read the tech sheets on the varieties available from your local vendor, or you can take a look at them in a setting similar the one on your own farm.  UVM Extension Agronomist Dan Hudson planted 200+ mixed forage plots on multiple farms in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2014 and 2015 to demonstrate the answers to some of these questions and will present the results so far.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hudson

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 3:00pm - 4:15pm PST
Theatre