2013 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference
Friday, March 1, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)
Randolph Center, VT
UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program and NOFA-Vermont’s Organic Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program invite you to attend the 2013 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference. This year, the conference theme is managing the farm in the face of feed cost and weather extremes.
As off-farm feed costs continue to increase, we need to find affordable and high quality feed options. USDA NRCS animal nutritionist Karen Hoffman will join us this year to discuss nutrition considerations as we explore these options. In addition, two panels of farmers will share their knowledge of these feed options, namely feeding molasses, and growing and feeding annuals like brassicas, millet, triticale, and other grains.
Over these past few years, we have been seeing an increase in weather viability from drought to tropical storms, sometimes all in the same year! We can’t stop the weather but can manage our pastures and crops to better weather these climate changes. Dr. Cindy Daley, a professor and manager of California State University-Chico’s organic dairy farm will join us to share some of her experiences. She will talk about building up her farm’s soils, and some drought techniques they use in California, including pasture irrigation.
The conference will also include a research results round-up. This year, we will hear updates on organic dairy research projects from John Barlow, Sid Bosworth, John Cleary, Heather Darby, and Jana Kraft.