Grazette Newsletter - November 2013
November is a month that does not typically “host” a lot of grazing-related events. After all, the grass is usually done growing (or growing very slowly) and animals are on stored feed by now. However, there has been a substantial increase recently in the level of interest in extending the grazing season through stockpiling and other methods. You will see below that there are a few opportunities to learn about it this month, as well as other topics that can help you fine-tune your grazing and farm management. We hope you will take advantage of them!
Please continue to send in notices of pasture walks and workshops by three days prior to the end of each month - the Grazette is distributed monthly.
Upcoming Pasture Workshops and Events
Please note events listed are primarily held in New York State, unless indicated otherwise.
For information on facilities or services, or to request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids at meetings, please contact the individual listed for the event at least 10 days prior to the meeting date.
Please send in notices of upcoming events through the fall and winter so people can mark their calendars early!
The New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) will be continuing into late 2013 and 2014 thanks to funding from NRCS. If you don’t know what GLCI does, or how we can help, read on!
If you are a dairy or livestock farmer in New York and are interested in either starting to graze or improving your grazing management, GLCI has resource people who can help you. These people can sit down with you and determine what your grazing goals are, and then develop a grazing plan based upon those goals and the unique resources of your farm. Depending upon animal numbers, soil types, climate, topography, forage species, and other factors, they can determine how many acres you need, how large to make paddocks, and where to put infrastructure such as laneways, interior fencing, and water lines and troughs. Once you have a plan, you then may qualify for further assistance through your local NRCS or Soil and Water Conservation District office, or both!. If you already have a plan, but it needs to be updated because your farm has changed (more or less animals, different type of livestock, more acres available, etc.), GLCI can help with that as well.
Who are these people and how do you contact them? It depends on where you are located in the state – here’s a quick list:
In Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Livingston, or Wyoming Counties) – email Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council’s grazing planner, Helen Terry.
In the Finger Lakes (Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, or Yates Counties) – email Finger Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Council’s (and Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District grazing planner) Jonathan Barter for assistance or a referral to another planner.
In the Albany area (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rennselaer, Schenectady, or Schoharie Counties) – email Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council’s chairperson, Donna Murray for a referral to a planner.
In Northern New York – email the Adirondack North Country Association’s grazing planner, Joshua Bakelaar.
Also, you can utilize the services of an independent consultant that has been approved by NRCS as a grazing planner (also known as a “Technical Service Provider”). In Northern and Eastern New York, email Rich Redman.
Lastly, although not directly funded by NRCS through the GLCI, you can contact your local SWCD or NRCS office for assistance if you are not in one of the counties listed above or prefer to work with your local office.
Next month we’ll share how GLCI provides education and outreach to farmers!
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Brought to you by the NYS Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative is a grass-roots coalition of producers, agricultural industry, and conservation groups with an interest in the sound conservation of private grazing lands, with funding from USDA-NRCS in New York. The goal of this newsletter is to increase awareness of grazing events around New York and in neighboring states, as well as to provide information that is useful on the farm. For more information on GLCI, check out the national GLCI website at www.glci.org. Information on the NYS GLCI can be obtained from GLCI Coordinator Karen Hoffman, GLCI Coordinator.