2 Day Grazing and grass based livestock nutrition workshop in Western NY with Sarah Flack, Silvia Abel-Caines, Steve Gabriel and Jonathan Zeiset

“Lessons we can Learn from the Pasture” will be two full days of workshops on topics including soils, pasture plants, livestock nutrition, silvopasture, increasing pasture intake, pasture improvement strategies, livestock scoring and genetics, livestock handling.  There will also be farm tours, an evening bonfire with live music.

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Full schedule here:

Day One: September 12th

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-9:00am: Steve Rockcastle – The Soil is Alive

There will be a review of soil biology and its relationship to foragequality and animal health. This will be a broad overview to set the tone for the day, as far as what to expect.

9:00-10:00am: Sarah Flack – Session #1 Pastures from the Plants Perspective

Successful grazing systems are based on meeting the needs of the plants, soils and livestock. This session will look at perennial pasture plant anatomy and physiology so we can understand how grazing can either improve or damage plant health.

10:15-11:15: Dr. Silvia Abel Caines – Can 100% Grass Diet Meet the Nutritional Requirements of Lactating Dairy Cows? The Link between Soil Health, Forage Quality and Animal Productivity

A review of the nutrient demands of cows on passture and the impact of forage quality in maintaining health and productivity. Understanding the unique nutritional challenges of 100% grass-fed Dairy Cows at different stages of lactation is essential to make timely management decisions.

11:30-1:00pm: Pasture Walk

Observe grazing techniques, multi species seedings on pasture and microbe and liquid fertilizer spray trials effect on pasture growth.

1:15-2:15: Lunch

2:15-3:15: Sarah Flack – Session 2 – Strategies to Maximize Pasture Intake

This session will look at pastures ffrom the grazing animals perspective, with a focus on strategies, which can be used to increase forage intake from pasture so they can maintain better body condition, gain weight faster, make more milk and have better reproductive performance. Cows, sheep and goats can only take a certain number of bits of pasture each day, how can we make each bite count?

3:330-4:30pm: Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines – Strategies to maximize Forage Intake from Birth to 1st Lactation

A discussion on how genetics, calf management and heifer growth impact rumen development and dry matter intake. A review of how simple, successful grass-fed systems from around the country and around the world, strateqize for full-rumen fill when feeding stored feeds

6:00pm: Dinner

Evening Entertainment:

Live Music, Bonfire and a guided tour of the Shiitake Mushroom Yard.

Day 2: September 13th

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-10:00am: Sarah Flack – Session 3 – The Graziers Tool Box – Using Livestock to Improve Pastures

Higher quality pasture makes it easier to maximize forage intake and increases the length of the grazing season. This can improve animal performance AND lower feed costs. In this session we will look at how we canuse the livestock to improve pasture quality, density and productivity.

10:30-12:00pm: Dr.Silvia Abel-Caines – Feeding Strategies for increasing Milk Solids in Cows on Pasture

An in-depth look at the role of specific nutrients in involved in milk synthesis and feeding management that results in increased butterfat and milk protein. A discussion on how essential fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals affect how cows utilize nutrients from pasture. What is missing in the soil and in the grass can impact the productivity of the cow and the nutrients present in the milk.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Tour of John Bricker’s Grassfed Dairy

This tour will give Sylvia and Sarah an opportunity to do dairy animal scoring and speak on grass-fed animal genetics and their relationship with grass based dairy operations.

1:30-3:00: Temple Grandin Inspired Corral

Anyone interested in chute handling procedures can observe chute operationsat Green Heron Growers, I our Temple Grandin inspired corral and loading area. This simple design allows for stress free handling practices.

September 12 & 13, 2018

Questions? Please call or email Steve Rockcastle @ 716.720.3695 srockcastle@gmail.com