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Grazing School at Sterling College in Vermont

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Location: Sterling College in Vermont

Details TBA, but I will be teaching all day on June 29th and then doing a shorter workshop and book signing in the evening.  https://www.sterlingcollege.edu/course/grazing-soil-building/

Grazing School/Pasture Ecology workshop at the Roots School in Vermont

Date: Jul 29, 2017

I will be teaching a workshop as part of the Roots School curriculum on grazing and pasture ecology as part of their Four-Season Program in Regenerative Design & Applied Ecologyhttps://rootsvt.com/roots-school-advanced-pdc-vermont-c

All day grazing school at the Stone Barns Center For Food and Agriculture

Date: Aug 10, 2017
Location: Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills, NY

I’m teaching a workshop on Grazing at the Stone Barns Center on August 10th 2017.  http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/farm/index.html

NOFA NY Organic Dairy Conference – March 16 & 17 2017

Date: Mar 16, 2017

I will be teaching a 1/2 day grazing workshop and also speaking about 100% grass fed dairy production at the annual NY organic dairy conference in Syracuse.  https://www.nofany.org/events-news/events/odfc-conference

Vermont Organic Dairy Conference

Date: Mar 09, 2017
Location: Randolph Vermont

http://nofavt.org/events/7th-annual-vermont-organic-dairy-producers-conferenceI may not be speaking at this event, but I will be there and it is going to be full of great information!

The Graziers Tool Box – improving pasture productivity and quality – MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Date: Feb 24, 2017

This workshop will discuss how to use the basic “tools” of grass farming to feed our livestock and improve the pastures. Topics will include different stocking rates, stock densities and trampling. We will also talk about how allowing plants more or less time to regrow, the use of shorter or taller pre grazing heights and the amount of residual pasture left behind effects the animals, soils and plants. By better understanding, and using these “graziers tools” we can change the pasture plant species composition, pasture productivity & quality, soil health, and livestock performance.

MOSES Organic University Grazing School – Feb 23, 2017 – LaCrosse WI

Date: Feb 23, 2017

In this all-day workshop we will start by reviewing the basic principals behind all successful grazing systems. This will include discussion first from the perspective of pasture plants, and then from the perspective of the livestock. Once we put those two important pieces together, we will move into topics which include how to calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and acreage needs as well as strategies to maximize the herd or flocks pasture dry matter intake and use grazing to improve pastures. We will talk about how to use different pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species, and encourage healthy soils to increase pasture productivity and quality. Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. We will use photos of pastures and livestock as we then learn how to observe and monitor so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to, and what we can do to make them better.

Grazing workshop at the NOFA VT winter conference – Feb 20.

Date: Feb 18, 2017

I will be teaching an all day intensive on grazing on Monday the 20th of February at the NOFA VT annual conference. http://nofavt.org/events/winter-conference/intensives

Grazing Q&A Fine Tuning & Troubleshooting Your Grazing system at the PASA conference

Date: Feb 04, 2017

This session will not be a formal presentation.  Instead, bring your questions about grass based ruminant farming and we can share ideas and discussion.

The Graziers Tool Box – improving pasture productivity and quality. PASA conference workshop

Date: Feb 03, 2017
Location: State College PA Annual PASA Conference

This workshop will discuss how to use the basic “tools” of grass farming to feed our livestock and improve the pastures. Topics will include different stocking rates, stock densities, trampling, variable regrowth periods, the amount of residual pasture left behind, and the pre grazing height of the pasture. Each of these “tools” can be used to change the pasture plant species composition, pasture productivity & quality, soil health, and livestock performance.

Preventing Pasture Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock and Pastures – PASA conference workshop

Date: Feb 03, 2017
Location: PASA annual conference, State College PA

Part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this workshop, we will review the key grazing principles that help pastures improve, cattle maximize pasture dry matter intake pastures and avoid a whole list of potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe livestock, manure, soils and plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.   Then we will talk about creative ways that we can adjust the grazing system to improve the well-being of the livestock and increase pasture quality and productivity.

All-day Grazing School at the PASA conference

Date: Feb 02, 2017
Location: State College PA annual PASA conference

Grazing School at the PASA annual conference in State College PA with Dr Heather Darby:

Grazing part one: Improving pastures and feeding the herd (or flock): The morning 1/2 of this workshop will cover the essentials of how to use livestock to manage pasture plants so that the pasture productivity and quality improve, while also meeting the nutritional needs of the herd or flock. Topics will include how different plants respond to grazing, (good and bad!), how to calculate paddock sizes, stocking density, stocking rates and decide what pre-grazing height and post grazing residual height to use to maximize pasture improvement and pasture dry matter intake for livestock. As time allows, we will look at a variety of real farm grazing systems and discuss system design, fence, water systems, & lanes.

 

Taking grazing to the next level: Monitoring the system and building resiliency

In this session, Dr Heather Darby and Sarah Flack will discuss methods to monitor the pasture system and prepare our grass based farms for drought, high rain fall events and other challenges created by climate change. Using photos of pastures, different plant species, sheep, goats & cows, we can learn to better observe & monitor pastures & cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to. Then we will go deeper into management to improve soil health and fertility and when irrigation may be a useful addition to the farms infrastructure.

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic

Date: Jan 30, 2017
Location: Kimball Library, Randolph Vermont

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic

Monday, January 30, 2017

10 to 12 

Kimball Memorial Library

Randolph Vermont

Do Low Milk Prices Have You Thinking About Organic Transition? Is organic dairy production something you have considered, or are curious about?  Are you confused about the pasture requirements, what products are allowable, how certification works, or simply how to get started? This informal and friendly session with organic dairy consultant Sarah Flack and Stephanie Walsh of Vermont Organic Farmers will provide you with an overview of the transition process.  The presentation will be tailored to the audience to ensure that your questions answered. Representatives from several dairy companies will also be on hand to describe their organic programs, including pay price and bonus structures.  Even if you can’t get a contract with a buyer immediately and don’t start a transition tomorrow, this session can help you get the facts, and lay the groundwork to keep your future options open.

Two more meetings are being planned in Newport and Randolph for early 2017.  If you can’t make it to one of these transition meetings but would still like to learn more, support is available through NOFA-VT’s Farmer Services Program.  

Contact Jen for more information, 802-434-4122, jen@nofavt.org.  

Preventing Pasture Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock and Pastures – Workshop at NOFA NY Annual Conference

Date: Jan 21, 2017
Location: Saratoga NY

Preventing Pasture Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock and Pastures

Part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this workshop, we will review the key grazing principles that help pastures improve, cattle maximize pasture dry matter intake pastures and avoid a whole list of potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe livestock, manure, soils and plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.   Then we will talk about creative ways that we can adjust the grazing system to improve the well-being of the livestock and increase pasture quality and productivity.

Grazing school (1/2 day intensive) at the NOFA NY Annual Conference Jan 20 – 21 Saratoga

Date: Jan 20, 2017
Location: Saratoga NY

 

Intensive (1/2 day) Grazing School

This workshop will cover the basic principals of good grazing management systems, first from the perspective of the plants, and then from the perspective of the livestock. Once we put those two important pieces together, we will discuss how to monitor pastures and animals so that we can maximize dry matter intake from pasture and use grazing to improve pasture quality and productivity.  Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. We will talk about how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species to improve pasture and strategies to maximize dry matter intake from pasture. We will use photos of pastures, sheep, goats and cows to talk about how to observe and monitor pastures and cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to.

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic – Jan 17 Newport Vermont

Date: Jan 17, 2017
Location: Newport Vermont, Goodrich Memorial Library

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

12 – 2 pm

Goodrich Memorial Library

Newport Vermont

Do Low Milk Prices Have You Thinking About Organic Transition? Is organic dairy production something you have considered, or are curious about?  Are you confused about the pasture requirements, what products are allowable, how certification works, or simply how to get started? This informal and friendly session with organic dairy consultant Sarah Flack and Stephanie Walsh of Vermont Organic Farmers will provide you with an overview of the transition process.  The presentation will be tailored to the audience to ensure that your questions answered. Representatives from several dairy companies will also be on hand to describe their organic programs, including pay price and bonus structures.  Even if you can’t get a contract with a buyer immediately and don’t start a transition tomorrow, this session can help you get the facts, and lay the groundwork to keep your future options open.

Two more meetings are being planned in Newport and Randolph for early 2017.  If you can’t make it to one of these transition meetings but would still like to learn more, support is available through NOFA-VT’s Farmer Services Program.  

Contact Jen for more information, 802-434-4122, jen@nofavt.org.  

Maximizing pasture intake

Date: Jan 12, 2017
Location: Delhi NY Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference

Maximizing pasture intake:

Increasing pasture intake is essential for higher rates of gain in finishing animals, better body condition & more milk from lactating animals. In this workshop we will discuss methods to manage & monitor pastures & animals to maximize dry matter intake pasture while using grazing to improve pasture quality & productivity.

Improving pasture quality and productivity to increase livestock forage intake

Date: Jan 12, 2017
Location: Delhi NY Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference

The Graziers Tool Box – improving pasture productivity and quality.

This workshop will discuss how to use the basic “tools” of grass farming to improve the pastures while also meeting livestock nutritional needs. Topics will include the use of different stock rates, stock densities, trampling, variable regrowth periods, taller or shorter pre grazing heights, & post grazing residual as well as different annual and perennial forages and soil health.

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic – 12/16/16 St Albans VT

Date: Dec 16, 2016
Location: St Albans Vermont Library

Transitioning a Dairy Farm to Organic

Friday, December 16, 2016

12 – 2 pm

St. Albans Free Library

11 Maiden Lane, St. Albans

Do Low Milk Prices Have You Thinking About Organic Transition? Is organic dairy production something you have considered, or are curious about?  Are you confused about the pasture requirements, what products are allowable, how certification works, or simply how to get started? This informal and friendly session with organic dairy consultant Sarah Flack and Stephanie Walsh of Vermont Organic Farmers will provide you with an overview of the transition process.  The presentation will be tailored to the audience to ensure that your questions answered. Representatives from several dairy companies will also be on hand to describe their organic programs, including pay price and bonus structures.  Even if you can’t get a contract with a buyer immediately and don’t start a transition tomorrow, this session can help you get the facts, and lay the groundwork to keep your future options open.

Two more meetings are being planned in Newport and Randolph for early 2017.  If you can’t make it to one of these transition meetings but would still like to learn more, support is available through NOFA-VT’s Farmer Services Program.  

Contact Jen for more information, 802-434-4122, jen@nofavt.org.  

Two day workshop on 100% grass fed dairy production

Date: Dec 13, 2016
Location: Harrisburg PA

I will be co teaching two days of workshops with Dr Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM PhD and the Staff Ruminant Nutritionist Organic Valley.  These workshops will all focus on 100% grass fed (zero grain) dairy farming, and be held at the Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference in Harrisburg PA on the 13th and 14th of December.  On the 13th there will be sessions on 100% grass fed dairy nutrition, strategies to improve pasture quality, how to maximize forage DMI during the grazing season and non grazing season.  On the 14th we will cover micro nutrients, minerals and dig deeper into maximizing pasture quality, productivity and dry matter intake to improve herd health, longevity and production.

http://gpofconference.org/schedule#dairy

Observations on the Grass-Fed Dairy Production Model

Date: Oct 18, 2016
Location: Syracuse NY Maple Hill Producers Meeting

October 18th in Syracuse NY at the Maple Hill Producers Meeting

What can we learn about the challenges, solutions and innovations on the growing number of 100% grassfed dairy farms?  This workshop will cover strategies to maximize forage dry matter intake, monitor livestock and pasture performance, and use both old and new technologies to better understand and manage all forage dairy farms.

Observations on the Grass-Fed Dairy Production Model

Date: Oct 18, 2016
Location: Syracuse, NY

What can we learn about the challenges, solutions and innovations on the growing number of 100% grassfed dairy farms?  This workshop will cover strategies to maximize forage dry matter intake, monitor livestock and pasture performance, and use both old and new technologies to better understand and manage all forage dairy farms.

Late Season Pasture Walk in Whitingham Vermont

Date: Oct 06, 2016
Location: Whitingham Vermont

Join me at The Corse Farm Dairy in Whitingham Vermont from 11 to 2 on October 6th.  We will walk the pastures and talk about grazing management strategies, reflect on how this season was, and share information to help us begin planning for next years grazing season. We will definitely be talking about drought management strategies and we reflect on this summer.  We will also look at the recently constructed cattle lanes, and discuss the extensive pasture water system.

NOFA Mass Summer Conference grazing school

Date: Aug 12, 2016
Location: NOFA Mass summer conference

This pre conference intensive workshop will run from noon to 3:30 on Friday August 12th.

This workshop will cover the basic principals of good grazing management systems, first from the perspective of the plants, and then from the perspective of the livestock. Once we put those two important pieces together, we will discuss topics which include how to monitor pastures and animals so that we can maximize dry matter intake from pasture and use grazing to improve pasture quality and productivity.  Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. We will talk about how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species to improve pasture and strategies to maximize dry matter intake from pasture. We will use photos of pastures, sheep, goats and cows to talk about how to observe and monitor pastures and cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to. 

Grazing School – Kingston, Ontario – August 4th

Date: Aug 04, 2016
Location: Kingston, Ontario

Grazing School (Kingston, Ontario August 4th all day)

In this 9 to 5 workshop we will spend the morning on the basic principals of good grazing management systems. Topics will include grazing and non grazing adapted plant species, soils and management systems that improve pasture quality and productivity. Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. In the afternoon we will go into more depth in our discussion of how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species to improve pasture and maximize dry matter intake from pasture. We will use photos of pastures and cows to talk about how to observe and monitor pastures and cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to.

Grazing Workshop – Kingston, Ontario – August 3rd

Date: Aug 03, 2016
Location: Kingston, Ontario

Multi Species Grazing (Kingston August 3rd evening)

Should you graze your sheep with your cows, or should you use a leader follower system?    Does multi species grazing really help with parasite management?  How do you manage fence if you are grazing a flock, herd or a mixed “flerd”. We’ll answer these questions and more at this workshop on multi species grazing systems.  Topics will include fencing and pasture water systems for cows, goats, and sheep.  We’ll discuss how each type of animal grazes, and the best ways to manage their pastures to keep your animals healthy and the pastures productive.

Grazing School – Dundalk Ontario – August 2nd

Date: Aug 02, 2016
Location: Dundalk, Ontario

Grazing School (Dundalk August 2nd all day)

In this 9 to 5 workshop we will spend the morning on the basic principals of good grazing management systems. Topics will include grazing and non grazing adapted plant species, soils and management systems that improve pasture quality and productivity. Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. In the afternoon we will go into more depth in our discussion of how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species to improve pasture and maximize dry matter intake from pasture. We will use photos of pastures and cows to talk about how to observe and monitor pastures and cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to.

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from livestock and pastures. Dundalk Ontario

Date: Aug 01, 2016

August 1, Dundalk Ontario

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls:  Learning from our livestock and pastures (Dundalk August 1st, evening)

Grass based organic farmers know the importance of pasture as the primary feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this workshop, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also learn how to observe the livestock, their manure, and pasture plants to determine the health of your pasture management.

Southern VT Grazing School

Date: Jun 22, 2016
Location: Consider Bardwell Farm 1333 VT Route 153 West Pawlet, Vt

This Grazing School will be hosted by both Consider Bardwell and Wayward Goose Farms in West Pawlet. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack will lead a pasture walk with farmers Peter and Dan Brooks as we talk about the concepts of management-intensive multi-species grazing with both dairy cows and goats. Angela Miller, owner of Consider Bardwell Farm, and her team will give us an overview of their business model with partnering farms to produce award-winning cheeses and other farm products. Research and development, quality control and distribution of their cheese will also be covered. Both farms are certified as ‘Animal Welfare Approved’ and we will learn more about those standards and the certification process. Lunch will be provided by the NOFA-VT mobile pizza oven.

 

http://blog.uvm.edu/cvcrops/files/2015/10/Grazing_School_Flier.pdf

Creative Application of Grazing Science: Keynote at the Maine Grazing Conference

Date: Mar 19, 2016

As part of the background research for her upcoming 2016 book, The Art and Science of Grazing,  Sarah toured a series of grass-based farms in the US and Europe. This session will discuss how the core principals of good grazing management–including careful planning, observation and monitoring–are being applied in very unique ways on different farms in different climates and regions using creative application of grazing system design, infrastructure, stocking densities, and plant species selection.  We will discuss how best to care for the pasture plants and soils, while also maximizing pasture dry matter intake for the herd or flock, to allow improved animal performance and well-being, build soil health, and make steady improvements in pasture quality and productivity.

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock and Pastures: A workshop at the Maine Grazing Conference

Date: Mar 19, 2016

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from Our Livestock and Pastures

Grass farmers know the importance of pasture as a low cost feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this workshop, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe the livestock, their manure, soils and pasture plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.   Then we will talk about creative ways that we can adjust the grazing system to improve the well-being of the livestock and increase pasture quality and productivity.

Zero grain dairy: Lessons learned from farm successes and disasters

Date: Mar 17, 2016
Location: Freeport, Maine

Workshop on zero grain dairy farming at the annual meeting of the Northeast Pasture Consortium.

This workshop will feature information from the many zero grain farms I visited in the last few years.  Some of these farms are doing really well, others not so much. So I will try to summarize what factors seem to be contributing to these successes and failures.

While there are some farms successfully producing milk on zero grain rations, other farms have tried 100% grassfed dairy farming and encountered significant problems.  Farms seeing success with zero grain dairying planned ahead to be sure the lower levels of milk production would still allow the farm to do well economically.  They are also maximizing forage dry matter intake and providing mineral supplements using a variety of good management methods.  Many farms also had to adjust their stocking rates, and bring in additional soil fertility inputs.  Farms seeing long-term success with zero grain systems also monitor cow performance and well-being closely including milk production, MUNs, BCS and key measures of reproductive performance. 

Grazing Basics: a workshop at the New Hampshire Grazing conference

Date: Feb 20, 2016

GRAZING BASICS:  What are your livestock and pastures telling you about your grazing management system? This workshop will cover the basic principals of good grazing management systems, first from the perspective of the plants, and then from the perspective of the livestock. Once we put those two important pieces together, we will discuss how to monitor pastures and animals so that we can maximize dry matter intake from pasture and use grazing to improve pasture quality and productivity.

http://grazenh.com/

Grazing Infrastructure – A workshop at the NH Grazing conference

Date: Feb 20, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GRAZING: This session will build on the first workshop I am teaching at this conference on the basic principals of good plant and animal management which all well managed grazing systems share.  In this workshop, we will look at how farmers have used fence, lanes, water systems, shade and irrigation in their grazing system design.  This grazing infrastructure, when well planned and creativly applied, can make it easier to use livestock to improve pasture quality, maximize pasture dry matter intake, spread manure evenly, protect and improve pasture soils and water quality, improve plant species and productivity, and improve livestock wellbeing and performance.

 

http://grazenh.com/

South East PA grazing conference

Date: Feb 16, 2016

I will be teaching a couple of workshops at the annual grazing conference in Lancaster PA on the 16th and 17th of February.  Topics will include high forage pasture rations, zero grain dairy, maximizing pasture intake, and discussion of the key principals that all well managed grazing systems share. We will look at the many creative ways that farms are using good grazing practices to care for their farm ecosystems, improve pasture quality and maintain productive healthy livestock.

Details coming soon

The Art and Science of Grazing workshop at the NOFA VT Winter Conference

Date: Feb 13, 2016
Location: Burlington Vermont

The Art and Science of Grazing

While researching her next book, Sarah visited many farms in the US and Europe.  This workshop will look at how the core principals of good grazing management–including careful planning, observation and monitoring–are being applied in very unique ways on different farms in different climates and regions using creative application of grazing system design, infrastructure, stocking densities, and plant species selection.  We will discuss how best to care for the pasture plants and soils, while also maximizing pasture dry matter intake for herd or flock, to allow improved animal performance and well-being, and steady improvements in pasture quality and productivity.

http://nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference

Organic Dairy Transition Information session at the VT Farm Show

Date: Jan 28, 2016
Location: Vermont Farm Show, Essex VT

Is a Dropping Milk Price Making You Think About Organic Transition?

Is organic dairy production something you have considered, or are curious about?  Are you confused about the pasture requirements, what products are allowable, how certification works, or simply how to get started?  This informal and friendly session with organic dairy consultant Sarah Flack and Ashley Green of Vermont Organic Farmers will give you an overview and tailor their presentation around getting your questions answered.  Representatives from several dairy companies will also be on hand to describe their organic programs, including pay price and bonus structures.  Even if you don’t start a transition tomorrow, this session can help you lay the groundwork to keep your future options open.

Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Bissonette Room at the VT Farm Show in at the Essex Fairgrounds on Thursday the 28th.

The Creative Application of Grazing Science. A workshop at the Vermont Winter Grazing Conference Jan 15 & 16, 2016

Date: Jan 16, 2016
Location: Fairlee, Vermont

The Creative Application of Grazing Science

As part of the background research for her upcoming 2016 book, The Art and Science of Grazing Management,  Sarah Flack toured a series of grass-based farms in the Eastern US and Europe.  Sarah will show how the core principals of good grazing management–including careful planning, observation and monitoring–are being applied in very unique ways on different farms in different climates and regions using creative application of grazing system design, infrastructure, stocking densities, and plant species selection.

https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html

Producing and Marketing Beef: A workshop at the Vermont Winter Grazing Conference Jan 15 & 16, 2016

Date: Jan 16, 2016
Location: Fairlee Vermont

Comparing Different Ways to Produce and Market Your Beef

Are you a beef producer wondering whether you would make more money as a feeder, cow/calf, or grass-finished beef operation?  Would you aim at wholesale, direct, or institutional markets? Business planning specialists Rose Wilson and Sarah Flack will highlight production-side expenses such as feed, labor and infrastructure, and market channel income potential, such as how different marketing methods impact sale margins.  They will help walk through assessing net return on investment and quality of life impacts to help you figure out what’s a good fit for you.

https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html

Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production? A workshop at the VT Winter Grazing Conference Jan 15 & 16

Date: Jan 15, 2016

Is a Dropping Milk Price Making You Think About Organic Transition?

Is organic dairy production something you have considered, or are curious about?  Are you confused about the pasture requirements, what products are allowable, how certification works, or simply how to get started?  This informal and friendly session with organic dairy consultant Sarah Flack and Ashley Green of Vermont Organic Farmers will give you an overview and tailor their presentation around getting your questions answered.  Representatives from several dairy companies will also be on hand to describe their organic programs, including pay price and bonus structures.  Even if you don’t start a transition tomorrow, this session can help you lay the groundwork to keep your future options open.

https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html

getting your dairy farm ready for succession planning

Date: Nov 07, 2015
Location: Choiniere Farm, Highgate Vermont

At this years Organic Valley 2015 East Gen-O Gathering, Sarah will lead a workshop on how the business planning process is an important first step in getting the next generation of farmers into organic dairy farming.

Sarah will talk about land-base assessment, grazing planning, forage inventory and feed cost planning to help with decision making on the ideal herd size for the farm.  Then we will discuss how that leads us into creating a business plan for the farm.  Along the way we will talk about how to use planning “tools” including land-base assessment, forage inventory/use planning, grazing planning, enterprise analysis, cash flows, balance sheets and whole farm business planning to help farm families with decision making and some of the important first steps in succession planning.

For more information on this event, contact kristina.ralph@organicvalley.coop or

http://www.farmers.coop/generation-organic/gen-o-events/generation-organic-regional-gatherings/registration-form/

Fall Feed Inventory and Land Improvement

Date: Sep 30, 2015

Join us at McKnight Farm in East Montpelier to discuss strategies for evaluating feed stock needs and action plans to address those needs before the winter ahead.  Additional topics that will be covered during this workshop include grazing, land improvements including tillage, establishing new seedings, ‘new’ species, and managing soil fertility.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

 

http://nofavt.org/events/fall-feed-inventory-and-land-improvements

Irrigation, Pasture Renovation and Cow Health

Date: Sep 21, 2015

Join us in Fairfield at Stony Pond Farm, where we will discuss their new irrigation system, recent pasture renovations, and their experience with different feed rations. Additionally, we will be joined by a trained veterinarian to discuss tools for identifying and treating common metabolic diseases, such as milk fever, ketosis and grass tetany.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension  Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

More information and registration at www.nofavt.org/ows(Registration opens June 15th.)

 

http://nofavt.org/events/irrigation-pasture-renovation-and-cow-health

Seeding, Infrastructure and Zero Grain Dairy Farming

Date: Aug 26, 2015

Join us in Addison for a morning at Harrison’s Homegrown where we will be discussing a variety of projects including establishing new seedings, installing tile drainage, new laneways and fencing, and lessons learned from the Harrison’s transition to organic.  For the second half of the day we will be at Mike’s Farm, where Mike Eastman, a seasoned grazier and no-grain farmer will be hosting a pasture walk and discussion about his lessons learned during his herd’s transition to a no-grain ration.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

 

http://nofavt.org/events/seeding-infrastructure-and-zero-grain

 

Fertility Improvements and Organic Transition

Date: Aug 11, 2015
Location: St Albans Vermont

Join us at Holyoke Farm, run by John & Heather Brigham in St Albans, where we will see the progress of management and infrastructure investments such as a fertility practices, pasture improvements, and an underground manure pipe. We will also hear the Brigham’s lessons learned from their farm’s transition to organic. There will also be an opportunity for interested farmers to have questions answered by regional milk buyers and VOF certification staff.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

 

http://nofavt.org/events/fertility-improvements-and-organic-transition

Managing Cows, Pastures & Nutrients

Date: Jul 15, 2015
Location: Westfield Vermont

Water quality has been a hot topic in Vermont this year. Organic standards address issues of erosion prevention and require farming practices that promote healthy soils and water.  For dairy farmers these practices can also promote profitability and animal health. Join us at Spring Brook Farm in Westfield, within the Lake Champlain watershed, for a workshop where we will discuss herd management, grazing and other practices to best manage nutrients on the farm.

This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

 

http://nofavt.org/events/managing-cows-pasture-and-nutrients

Workshop on the Challenges of Setting Up a Grazing System that Works with a Robotic Milking System

Date: Mar 11, 2015
Location: Vermont Organic Dairy Conference, Randolph VT

At the annual VT Organic Dairy conference in Randolph Vermont.  Organic diary farmer Jennifer Breen will share her experience transitioning to a robotic milking  system on her family farm. Sarah Flack will join her to talk about considerations before installing robotic milkers on your farm.

http://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=organicdairy.html#.VMeOWGQbDJg

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from Our Cows and Pastures

Date: Feb 14, 2015
Location: NOFA VT annual conference, Burlington VT

Preventing Grazing Pitfalls: Learning from Our Cows and Pastures

Grass based organic farmers know the importance of pasture as the primary feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this workshop, presented by grazing and organic certification specialist Sarah Flack, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also look at 3 items to observe to determine the health of your pasture management: livestock, their manure, and pasture plants.

http://nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference

Feb 14, 2015

IOIA Livestock Feed Audit training webinar

Date: Feb 06, 2015

February 6 & 9, 2015.  The Livestock Feed Audits webinar training course will include information and practice on doing feed audits for NOP and the COR Standards. This course will specifically cover topics to prepare webinar participants to evaluate organic certification requirements for ruminant and non-ruminant livestock operations

http://www.ioia.net/schedule

Grazing School and Organic Livestock Production Workshops

Date: Jan 08, 2015
Location: Minnesota Organic Conference, all day grazing school in St Cloud, Minnesota

In this 9 to 5 workshop we will spend the morning on the basic principals of good grazing management systems. Topics will include grazing and non grazing adapted plant species, soils and management systems that improve pasture quality and productivity. Using examples of real farm grazing systems we will cover system design, fence, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. In the afternoon we will go into more depth in our discussion of how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species to improve pasture and maximize dry matter intake from pasture. We will use photos of pastures and cows to talk about how to observe and monitor pastures and cattle so that we can better understand if our grazing systems are working the way we want them to. On January 9th, there will be a workshop from 9 to 10 AM on pasture management for certified organic farms. This workshop will cover some of the specific needs of certified farmers.www.mda.state.mn.us/en/food/organic/conference.aspx

Learning from Our Observations of Pastures & Livestock: Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy Webinar by eOrganic

Date: Dec 18, 2014

All organic dairy farmers know the importance of pasture as the primary feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this webinar, presented by grazing and organic certification specialist Sarah Flack, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe the livestock, their manure, soils and pasture plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.

http://www.extension.org/pages/71819/learning-from-our-observations-of-pastures-livestock:-preventing-pasture-problems-on-the-organic-dai#.VLfExWQbDJg

IOIA feed audit training for organic inspectors

Date: Oct 04, 2014
Location: State College PA

www.ioia.net/schedule_onsite.html

Grazing Basics workshop

Date: Oct 01, 2014
Location: Brixey, MO

What are your cows and pastures telling you about your grazing management system? This workshop will cover the basic principals of good grazing management systems, first from the perspective of the plants, and then from the perspective of the cows. Once we put those two important pieces together, we will discuss how to monitor pastures and cows so that we can maximize dry matter intake from pasture and use grazing to improve pasture quality and productivity.

 

NODPA annual field days

Date: Sep 25, 2014
Location: Keene NH

“I Knew this Milk when it was Grass”: Panel discussion on Trends and Opportunities for Grass Based Dairies in the Wholesale Organic Milk Market. Peter Miller, CROPP Cooperative, Joe Miller, Trickling Springs Creamery, Mike Davis, Upstate Niagara, invited, Max Winter, Dairy Buyer, Brattleboro Food Cooperative, and Sarah Flack, Organic Dairy Consultant, Sarah Flack Consulting Learn from processors, producers, and retailers about new marketing opportunities that will increase pay price by utilizing existing production practice. Sarah Flack will discuss the transition process and how it impacts your herd. www.nodpa.com/fielddays_2014_overview.shtml

 

Late-Season Grazing School

Date: Sep 13, 2014

Learn the fundamentals for setting up or improving your grazing system. Farmer Adam Wilson and NOFA-VT Farm Advisor Sarah Flack will discuss how to boost pasture productivity and quality through thoughtful management. We’ll cover identifying forage species and weeds, choosing the right stocking density and grazing method, fencing and watering systems, pasture design and layout, calculating dry matter intake, and more. nofavt.org/events/late-season-grazing-school

 

Grazing School in Bethel Vermont

Date: Aug 12, 2014

nofavt.org/upcoming-events-calendar

 

Grazing Management Workshop

Date: May 13, 2014
Location: Prince Edward Island Canada

Vermont Organic Dairy Conference

Date: Mar 01, 2014

Workshop on the challenges of transitioning to a zero grain dairy production system. Other speakers and date TBA.

Date TBA

 

Grazing Management Workshop

Date: Feb 15, 2014
Location: Burlington, Vermont

NOFA Vermont 2014 Annual Conference.
nofavt.org/events/nofa-vt-2014-winter-conference

 

Feed Audits

Date: Feb 01, 2014
Location: Webinar

Feed Audits – a training for organic livestock inspectors. Two webinars in February, 2014 www.ioia.net
www.ioia.net/schedule_onsite.html

Feed Audits

Date: Jan 28, 2014
Location: Webinar

Feed Audits – a training for organic livestock inspectors. Webinar on January 28 & 30, 2014
www.ioia.net/

 

NOFA Vermont Journey Farmer Program Workshop

Date: Dec 08, 2013
Location: Randolph, Vermont

Workshop for program participants which will focus on grass based livestock production, pastures and assessing cost of production. The Journey Farmer Program is a two-year program for beginning farmers who are in the first few years of running their own farming enterprise in Vermont.

nofavt.org/beginning-farmer/journey-farmer

 

Pasture To Plate Workshop 1: The Pasture

Date: Apr 03, 2013
Location: CADE Office5 Elm Street Oneonta, NY

Learn with renowned pasture and grass based livestock expert Sarah Flack about what an optimum pasture contains for grass based beef production and how to get there. Sarah will lead the group through the strategies of basic grazing management, factors that influence Dry Matter Intake (DMI) and Dry Matter Demand (DMD), improving yield and quality of pasture, the need (or not) for soil amendments and seeding, the impact of rotational grazing in summer and surviving the winters, and a discussion of fencing and watering systems.

www.cadefarms.org/indexC.php

 

Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium

Date: Apr 01, 2013
Location: American Legion, Vergennes, VT

Come hear grazing expert, Sarah Flack provide helpful tips to fine-tune your existing grazing system. She’ll also discuss the most common grazing mistakes and how to avoid them for increased pasture potential. Guy Choiniere of Highgate,Vermont will share his strategies for producing top quality forage, which allows him to maintain a 50-55 pound per cow production average on 6 pounds of grain per cow. Brent Beidler of Randolph Center, Vermont will discuss his successes with annual crops such as millet, forage oats, turnips and others to increase overall pasture productivity. Brent will also cover the importance of variable paddock sizes and how he maximizes forages to minimize grain feeding.

blog.uvm.edu/cvcrops/2013/03/18/champlain-valley-grazing-symposium-april-1st-2013/

 

There are No Shortcuts to Productive Pasture!

Date: Sep 27, 2012
Location: Brattleboro, VT

How to avoid the 10 top mistakes in pasture management Grazing experts Sarah Flack (VT), Cindy Daley (CA) and Kathy Soder (PA) share their experience of managing organic pasture across the country. NODPA annual field days workshop.  www.nodpa.com

Webinar – Verifying compliance to NOP Pasture Rule

Date: Sep 14, 2012
Location: Webinar

This essential session for the livestock Inspector or reviewer will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Pasture Rule. The Presenter is Sarah Flack of Vermont. The course includes pre-course reading assignments. It is geared for Inspectors with an understanding of livestock Inspection. The session will review the new regulations and provide Inspection tools and guidance to verify them. Topics include basic grazing management; an overview of the various common grazing systems for ruminants; factors that cause pasture Dry Matter Intake (DMI) to go up or down; methods for determining Dry Matter Demand (DMD); and an introduction to making qualitative assessment of pasture. The course focuses primarily on cattle dairy operations but also includes information for beef, sheep, and goats. Participants will see examples of DMI calculations and work sample exercises. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have the opportunity to complete an additional assignment to qualify for a Certificate of Completion. www.ioia.net

 

Improved Grazing and Pasture Management

Date: Jul 24, 2012
Location: NOFA Vermont Summer Workshop in Irasburg, Vermont

Join us for a workshop on pasture management featuring grazing consultant Sarah Flack. Topics will include: getting the most from your pasture through informed grazing decisions, how to increase the amount of dry matter your herd gets from pasture to cut feed costs, and how to calculate dry matter intake. We’ll also cover pasture record keeping systems for organic farms. There will also be information on troubleshooting electric fence issues, balancing rations with pasture and preventing parasite problems in young stock. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program and the Vermont Grass Farmers Association. www.nofavt.org

 

Grazing Management for Ruminants

Date: Feb 11, 2012
Location: Burlington, Vermont

Workshop to be held at the NOFA VT annual winter conference in Burlington Vermont.

nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference

 

Overview of the Requirements of the National Organic Program Pasture rule

Date: Jan 25, 2012
Location: Latham, NY

Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting.

Advanced Grazing Discussion and Q&A Session at the Vermont Grazing Conference

Date: Jan 21, 2012
Location: Fairlee, Vermont

www.uvm.edu/~pasture/?Page=conference.html

 

Out to Pasture Day

Date: Aug 02, 2010
Location: Mountain Farm in Hartland Vermont

August 2, 2010: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Out to Pasture Day hosted by Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland Vermont and featuring national grazing consultant Sarah Flack Topics covered during the day will include: using livestock grazing to improve pastures, how to avoid overgrazing damage, managing spring & fall grazing, keeping animals within their fences, balancing rations with pasture, and avoiding parasites. The workshop will also include discussion of the Organic pasture rule, NRCS Conservation Prac- tices, plant ID, and integrating wildlife management into your pasture rotation. Bring a brown bag lunch, refreshments provided. QUESTIONS? UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, (802) 656-5459, sustainableagriculture@uvm.edu, www.uvm.edu/pasture

 

Organic Farming and Gardening Conference

Date: Jan 24, 2009
Location: Rochester, NY

NOFA NY 2009  Extending your pasture growing season. www.nofany.org

 

NH Annual Grazing conference

Date: Mar 08, 2008
Location: Plymouth, NH

Workshops on grazing basics, multi species grazing, and pasture improvements
www.extension.unh.edu/news/2008/02/grassfed_from_pasture_to_plate.html

 

PASA Conference

Date: Feb 08, 2008
Location: State College, PA

What You Need to Know to Transition Your Dairy to Organic www.pasafarming.org/

 

PASA pre Conference

Date: Feb 07, 2008
Location: State College, PA

Lactic Vegetable Fermentation: Health Benefits and How To www.pasafarming.org/

 

Vermont Grass Farmers Annual Conference

Date: Jan 19, 2008
Location: Randolph, Vermont

Lunchtime discussion session on transitioning a farm to organic. (802) 656-0858

 

Acres USA conference

Date: Dec 06, 2007
Location: Louisville KY

December 6 – 8, 2007  Advanced Livestock Grazing Strategies workshop and consulting session. www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm

 

Vermont Organic Dairy Workshop

January 13. Teaching a workshop for dairy farmers on the key points of the organic pasture standards with discussion of what records farmers can keep so they can show their inspector & certifier that they are meeting the rule.www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2010vtorganicdairyworkshopbrochure.pdf

 

Introduction to Pasture Management: Using Ruminants to Improve Pasture

Thursday, July 7th 2pm – 5pm Osprey Hill Farm – North Middlesex Vermont $10 for NOFA-VT and VGFA members, $20 non-members Grazing expert Sarah Flack will cover the fundamentals of setting up a new grazing system for ruminants – or improving an existing one. Using practical examples of grazing systems, we’ll discuss pasture plant species and how to manage them for desirable plants, as well as how to do so with livestock and fence rather than expensive plowing and planting. Topics include plant species, grazing methods, fence, water systems, pasture design and layout, paddock size, and acreage. Hosted by Osprey Hill Farm, a small, but growing, sheep farm that struggles with poor glacial soils and uses various pasture management systems to improve overall soil quality. www.nofavt.org

 

IOIA inspector training Webinar on the new organic pasture rule

January 12 Topics will include an overview of the new rule and how to do the pasture dry matter intake calculations. www.ioia.net www.ioia.net/

Setting Up a Grazing System on Your Organic Dairy Farm Webinar by eOrganic

October 1 – In this webinar, Cindy Daley, professor in the College of Agriculture at the California State University, Chico, and Sarah Flack, national consultant on grass-based livestock farming, will address the basic principles of setting up a grazing system to improve pasture quality and animal performance. They will discuss paddock size calculations, recovery periods, maps and record-keeping, avoiding pasture pitfalls, and further resources. www.extension.org/article/28799

 

eOrganic Webinar on how to do the dry matter intake calculations to meet the new organic pasture standards


Location: Webinar

August 20  2:00 to 3:00 PM. eorganic.info/

 

NOFA Vermont Workshop: Setting up a new grazing system or improving an existing one

July 31  This workshop will run from 1:00 to 3:00 and will cover the basic principals of how to set up a grazing system which will improve pasture quality and animal performance. Location to be announced. www.nofavt.org

 

IOIA inspector training Webinar on the new organic pasture rule.

June 29 – Topics will include an overview of the new rule and how to do the pasture dry matter intake calculations. www.ioia.net/www.ioia.net/

 

IOIA inspector training Webinar on the new organic pasture rule.

June 2 Topics will include an overview of the new rule and how to do the pasture dry matter intake calculations. www.ioia.net/

 

Organic Pasture Rule Workshops

NOFA VT, with support from Horizon Organic Dairy and Organic Valley, is organizing four workshops on what the new pasture rule means for organic livestock farms in Vermont. Sarah Flack will lead a morning discussion about how to calculate your herd’s dry matter intake from pasture. We will also discuss methods for extending your grazing season and maximizing your animals’ dry matter intake from pasture. This can cut your feed costs, AND ensure you are meeting the pasture rule! Nicole Dehne from VOF will lead an afternoon session on pasture record keeping. There will also be time for your questions about the rule.May 10th, May 12th, May 19th, May 19th www.nofavt.org

 

NH Annual Grazing Conference

March 6th, Manchester NH. Two workshops titled: “Making your grazing system work” & “Multi Species Grazing” www.events.unh.edu

 

NODPA’s 9th Annual Field Days Practical Tools for Efficient Organic Dairy Farming in these Tough Economic Times

Noon Thursday August 13 5 pm Friday August 14th Spring Wood Organic Farm, Kinzers, Pennsylvania www.nodpa.com/

 

Beef producers conference.


Location: Lyndonville, VT

August 25,  Workshop on setting a new grazing system or improving an existing one.

 

NOFA Summer Conference


Location: University of Amherst, MA

August 8th Grazing 101 www.nofa.org/conference

Transitioning A Dairy Farm to Organic


Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

August 7th – NOFA Summer Conference. www.nofa.org/conference

 

NOFA NY 2009 Organic Farming and Gardening Conference


Location: Rochester NY

January 23,  Organic Grazing School. This day long workshop intensive will cover grazing management for all types of livestock. www.nofany.org

 

NOFA VT annual Conference

February 15th  Randolph VT. Pasture Management workshop.
www.nofavt.org

NOFA VT annual conference


Location: Randolph, VT

February 15th – An Introduction to Lactic fermentation of vegetables: how to make sauerkraut, kim chi and other natural pickles using only salt and vegetables www.nofavt.org

 

Prince Edward Island Canada

July 29 & 30  Organic Dairy Grazing system. PEI organic Dairy Project

Multi Species Grazing


Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

August 9th – NOFA Summer Conference. www.nofa.org/conference

 

Transitioning A Dairy Farm to Organic


Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

August 9th – NOFA Summer Conference  www.nofa.org/conference

 

IOIA training in Iowa

April 21 & 22, Understanding Dairy Rations & Feed Audits for organic inspector. www.ioia.net

 

NOFA NY annual conference


Location: Syracuse, NY

January 25 – 27  An Introduction to Lactic fermentation of vegetables: how to make sauerkraut, kim chi and other natural pickles using only salt and vegetables. www.nofany.org/index.html

 

PASA Pre Conference


Location: State College, PA

February 7th  – Pasture Layout & Fine-tuning part one and part two www.pasafarming.org