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last chance to register for cornell rotational grazing skills course this weekend!


credit: Jason Detzel

This weekend, Friday August 25th – Saturday August 26th CCEE Livestock Educator Jason Detzel is running a 2 day hands on clinic on rotational grazing. Over the course of the weekend you will learn the practical skills necessary for implementing a rotational grazing system on your farm to improve the overall health and efficiency of your animals. Rotational grazing systems can also increase your profits by lowering feed costs, improving pasture swards, decreasing on farm labour requirements among a host of other benefits.
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northern new york: using birdsfoot trefoil for parasite control pasture walk!

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Northern New York. Two Pasture Walks in September will provide small livestock producers with a research update on whether grazing heavy stands of birdsfoot trefoil, a forage crop high in condensed tannins, can help reduce often fatal worm loads in sheep and goats in Northern New York.

The research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is the first trial in Northern New York evaluating whether the pasture species known as birdsfoot trefoil can provide a natural pasturing solution for controlling parasites in the small livestock. It is part of a four-year project being conducted in cooperation by Cornell University, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and the University of Wisconsin.

The Pasture Walks are set for September 15 at 2:30 pm at Asgaard Farm and Dairy in AuSable Forks, NY, and September 16 at 6:30 pm at the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY. Interested producers may register for either Pasture Walk with Hodge at 315-379-9192,
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grazing for restoration

Flemish shepherd breathes life into old practice, and moorland

by Toon Lambrechts

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SUMMARY: With the help of 200 sheep and a couple of herding dogs, Leen Ricour is helping the former moorlands of a nature reserve in East Flanders recover – one munch at a time.

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farmscale permaculture

October 2-5, 2014
Iowa City, IA 52240

IMG_4071Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability?   Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing?

We’re all in a unique place in history.  Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, earn a living from a sustainable and regenerative source, and build security while facing an uncertain future.  The only reliable way to fulfill these goals, for ourselves and the greater world, is to scale-up permaculture.  Farmscale Permaculture is the process of rolling out scalable systems that feed lots of people and rebuild ecosystems – changing how Earth looks from space.

Hosted at VersaLand, an emerging 145-acre regenerative savanna actively transforming a degraded monocultural landscape into an abundant agroecosystem.  You can see it happening with your own eyes.

It’s possible, it’s being done, and it’s easier than you think.

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the greenhorns are happy to release

OURLAND  Episode 4: Access to Grazing

Market demand continues to swell for ethically raised, pasture-based livestock, poultry, eggs and milk. These products fetch a major price premium over the conventional, confinement raised alternative, and present the possibility for small scale producers to make a livelihood. Young graziers are joining the fray to meet that market appetite, inspired by Joel Salatin, Jim Gerrish and the incredible soil-building potential of grass-fed animal husbandry.

For farmers who build their own low-cost infrastructure: hen houses, portable electric fencing, moveable pens and pig enclosures, the need to own land is no longer first priority. They can improve the land they’re on through grazing, by virtue of the animals’ manure, but also from the intensive management and impact of animals, creating a state change in the pasture itself, promoting plant growth, diversity, and increased organic matter. These are measureable outcomes with benefits to landowners, soil micro-organisms, the grazing animals, and water quality.

For landowners, the benefits of leasing grazing land to graziers are many and include a tax benefit for “agricultural use”, as well as the joys of enlivening pastures with contented mother cows, tick-eating hens, and young entrepreneurs.

For the farmers, it is a balance of managing a small business without clear title or much solid infrastructure, often on multiple parcels, and negotiating for fair terms and solid tenure with absent or risk-averse owners. These kinds of partnerships are increasing, particularly in areas adjacent to urban centers, where price pressure for recreation, second homes, winegrapes, and leisure activities has priced farmers out of the market for ownership. When both parties manage the relationship with care and work together, making decisions that are best for animals, place and people, its a win-win solution for local food sovereignty.

Visit the OURLAND page for more episodes and reading material.

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grazing workshop with jim gerrish

Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition, The Greenhorns, and Herondale Farm are proud to announce a grazing workshop with Jim Gerrish!  A more formalized poster/image will follow. Save the date and send us an email ASAP to register. Space is limited.

Management-intensive Grazing Shortcourse: One day intensive with Jim Gerrish

The workshop will include classroom time and field observations in Herondale’s pastures.
Wednesday, September 19 10AM-4PM
Herondale Farm 90 Wiltsie Bridge Road  Ancramdale, NY 12503
(518) 329-3769

Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and Canada. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers in the Intermountain West using both irrigated pastures and native rangeland. Continue reading

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grazing newsletter!

This is a GREAT resource, greenhorns.  Download the pdf of the full newsletter HERE. An excerpt is below.

Tennessee Grazing Coalition
Forage News You Can Use 3.5.2011
Grazing in the Spring and Seeding Clover
Greg Brann USDA/NRCS/TN Grazing Specialist
This time of year I prefer to stop the grazing rotation, hold livestock back and let forage develop some leaf area before starting to rotate again. Yes, “when forage grows fast the standard recommendation is rotate fast” well I haven’t seen any growing fast yet.

If you haven’t seeded legumes now is the time to seed white clover, Will is a great ladino clover and Durana, is the most aggressive dutch white clover and Patriot, an intermediate clover is less aggressive than Durana, not quite as big as ladino types. Resolute, is another good intermediate white clover. No matter which variety all you need to seed of white clover is 1.5 to 2 lbs. /ac. Cinnamon plus red clover is a great red clover that grows into the summer more than white clover. Recommended seeding rate of red clover is 4 to 7 lbs. per acre. Annual lespedeza is another option for thinner stands of grass on less productive land. Eight to 10 lbs. per acre is the normal seeding rate. Kobe is the preferred type but Korean can perform fine. Improved varieties include Legend and Marion. In March it is recommended that you drill the seed or harrow, seed and cultipack. High density short duration grazing (10,000+ lbs. livestock/ac) after seeding can be substituted for the cultipacker. Look at the following University variety trials for other adapted varieties.