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New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Teaching Multi-livestock Species

Web image: Dave Roberts, NRCS New York Grazing Specialist, explaining how to use a grazing stick
Dave Roberts, NRCS New York Grazing
Specialist, explaining how to use a grazing
stick
Web image: Discussing prescribed grazing on the Ben Wever Farm
Discussing prescribed grazing on the Ben
Wever Farm

By Dave Roberts, NRCS State Grazing Lands Specialist

In early fall of last year, NRCS conducted a “Pasture-walk” on the Ben Wever Farm owned by Shaun and Linda Gillilland in Essex County, demonstrating the advantages of Prescribed Grazing of several livestock species. Diversifying the farm enterprise and to supply niche markets in neighboring urban areas, such as New York City and Albany with, Grass Fed Beef, Meat Goats, Pasture Poultry and Pork and Organic Milk.

Through the GCLI Program several partners including Natural Resources Conservation Service, Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District, Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack North Country Association coordinated their efforts in developing this evening event. Twenty five local farmers walked the pastures and discussed various grazing techniques used to enhance pasture production, while still protecting natural resources such as water quality and soil erosion.

This pasture-walk is one of 43 similar Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative events conducted throughout New York state reaching 1896 livestock producers last year, covering a variety of grazing topics. GLCI funding was also use to train public and private professionals to develop Prescribed Grazing Plans to individual farms, improving farm production and economics and still protecting our natural environment. GLCI Steering Committee also held a student writing contest with four winner in different categories sharing their on farm experiences with grazing.

With offices in nearly every county in the United States, NRCS works with landowners and communities to improve our soil, water, air, plants, wildlife, and energy use. If you are interested in how you can protect resources on your farm, please contact your local NRCS office.

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