Grazing School in Westport, MA – August 18th

All day grazing school in Westport, MA at Weatherlow Farms – August 18th.

This event is part of 2 days of grazing workshops organized by the Livestock Institute and Weatherlow Farms.  For more information and to pre register to save a space go here

We’ll spend some time indoors (in a tent) but weather permitting will have as much of the discussion happen out in the pastures so come prepared for sun or rain and other outdoor conditions.  The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is. We will then use real farm examples to practice dry matter measurements, paddock sizing, stock density and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.
In the afternoon we will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low-stress handling and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing. Though out the day we will look at practical ways to apply this information to improve pasture quality and productivity, while also improving livestock well-being and performance. This session will include indoor classroom time and outdoor time in the pastures. You will want to bring clothing to be comfortable both indoors, and outdoors in rain or sun. Bring a calculator and notebook.