Year-Round Forage Planning at Harrisons’ Homegrown Dairy Farm
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Do you have enough pasture to last through the summer slump? How do you manage when and how to transition to stored feed? Does that feed last all winter, and how will affect next year’s grazing decisions?
Whether wet or dry, small or large, the need for quality, consistent, nutritious forage is a must for any farm to remain viable in the long term. Join Troy Bishopp, coordinator of a SARE multi-state holistic planned grazing project, and Willie Gibson, dairy and livestock specialist with NOFA-VT as they engage in planning exercises and discussion with hosts Pat and Melanie Harrison. The Harrisons manage about 100 milking cows plus replacements in an organic management system on predominately Vergennes clay soils. In addition to number crunching, we’ll be taking a tour of the farm to look at pastures and talk about the Harrisons’ experience with farmer-led research (they received a VGFA mini grant award in 2012).