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.