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Watson Farm: Management & Forage Production for Grass Based Livestock

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Watson Farm

455 North Road

Jamestown, RI 02835

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This twilight Pasture Walk at Historic New England’s Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto and Chris Dvorak, Farm Managers, who have been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years.

This discussion and tour will feature forage management practices that have evolved and been implemented on Watson Farm’s extensive grasslands. Some topics that will likely be discussed are:

· The History of the “Grasses of Conanicut”
· Portable and Permanent Fences for Rotational Grazing
· The Graziers Eye: Farmers Footsteps
· Production of summer annuals for grazing, field renovation, &drought
· Stock Piling pastures for extending the grazing seasons
· Cattle selection and management for 100% Grass Fed & Finished Beef
· Pasture Fertility Management with Foliar Fish Spray
· The problem of forage degrading invasive plant species
· Developing forage streams for the grazing season
· Frost Seeding Legumes: Nitrogen fixation and improved palatable forage
· Wintering the cow/calf herd

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Jamestown, RI 02835

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