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2008 Grazing Conference

3rd Annual New Hampshire Grazing Conference
Grass-fed: From Pasture to Plate
March 8, 2008 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
 

Interested in the whys and hows of raising meat and milk animals on pasture? Both beginners and experienced farmers can learn more about producing and marketing grass-fed products at this year's grazing conference, Grass-Fed: From Pasture to Plate, March 8 at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth.

The daylong event will feature two nationally known grazing experts: Jim Gerrish, author of Management-intensive Grazing and columnist for the Stockman-Grass Farmer, and Sarah Flack, a grazing specialist and organic farmer from Vermont.
 

Dairy cattleGerrish will deliver the keynote address on the topic of Yeah, but that will never work on my place! also lead two workshops: Stock Density-the Most Powerful Tool in the Grazier's Toolbox and Extending the Grazing Season for More Money in Your Pocket. Flack will conduct a two-part workshop on Getting Started with Managed Intensive Grazing.
 

The afternoon sessions will focus on marketing grass-fed products. Featured speakers include grass farmers Ridge Shinn, Matt & Beth LeClair, Jim & Adele Hayes, and Ed Jackson.
 

Conference sponsors: Granite State Graziers, Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Download a conference brochure containing full conference schedule and speaker bios. (Requires Adobe Acrobat.)

Register for the conference online.

 

Early bird registration: $35.00 per person *Must be postmarked by February 18th.


Registration after February 18th:
$50.00 *Must be postmarked by February 25th.


ALL registrations after February 25th:
$50.00 with no guarantee of lunch.


$25.00 for each additional person from same farm regardless of Registration date.
* Coupon code required to register additional people.
 

Call Mary West for additional information and coupon code, (603) 225-5505.
USE CREDIT CARD ONLINE
or make checks payable to UNH and mail to:
UNHCE, Attn: 3rd Annual Grazing Conference, 59 College Road,

Durham, NH 03824.



Grazing Conference Schedule:
 

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Introduction

Lorraine Merrill - NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food

 

AM SESSIONS:

“Grass-fed: How to Produce It”

9:15 Grazing in New England

Sarah Flack - President Board of Directors of the Biodynamic

Farming & Gardening Association

9:45 Breakout Session I

(A) Getting Started with Managed

Intensive Grazing - Part 1
Sarah Flack

(B) Advanced Managed Intensive

Grazing - Stock Density: The Most Powerful Tool in the Grazier’s Tool Box

Jim Gerrish - Grass farmer and Author of “Management-Intensive Grazing”, Idaho

10:45 Break - Refreshments

11:00 Breakout Session II

(A) Getting Started with Managed

Intensive Grazing - Part II
Sarah Flack

(B) Advanced Managed Intensive

Grazing - Extending the grazing season for more money in your pocket

Jim Gerrish
 

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Keynote: “Yeah, But That Will Never Work On My Place!!”

Jim Gerrish

1:15 Break


PM SESSIONS:

“Grass-fed: How to Market It”

1:30 Premium Wholesale Markets for

Grass-fed Meat

Ridge Shinn - Hardwick Beef Hardwick, MA

1:55 Marketing Our Beef:

What Works For Us

Matt & Beth LeClair

Barrett Hill Farm, LLC Mason, NH

2:20 How We Developed & Use A Cooperatively Owned Mobile Meat Processing Facility

Jim & Adele Hayes - Grass farmers

Sap Bush Hollow Farm Warnerville, NY

2:45 What’s Happening and What Can We Do to Improve the USDA Inspected Meat Plant Situation in New England

Ed Jackson - Grass farmer and Livestock

Specialist with Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Market & Foods

3:15 Discussion/Questions & Answers

Evaluations

4:00 Adjourn