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Author: Amy Overstreet

Conservationists by Heart, Farmers by Trade

Posted by Amy Overstreet, Vermont Public Affairs Officer on June 14, 2016 at 02:46 PM
The Hulett family (left to right) Mandy, Richard, and their children.

The Hulett family (left to right) Mandy, Richard, and their children.

Vermont dairy farmers use bedded pack to help improve the herd, environment, and farm

For nearly 20 years, Richard Hulett and his father, Dick, have protected and improved the natural resources on Deer Flats Farm, their 1,000-acre cattle farm near Pawlet, Vermont. Winters in Pawlet can be long and snow, ice, mud, and manure can build up. That’s why the Huletts decided to put a bedded pack system to work on their operation.

Prior to the bedded pack, the cattle were on pasture. “It was a mess,” says Richard.   

“These barn systems are covered by a roof and filled with bedding material to provide manure storage and improve animal comfort and health,” says Sally Eugair, an NRCS soil conservation technician. Bedding costs are much higher for bedded pack than for any other housing, but can improve herd health by providing comfortable places for herds to spend the winter months.  Read more >>

Tags: Vermont

categories Farmer & Rancher Stories, Conservation Programs, Discover Conservation, Plants & Animals


Protecting and Restoring Wetlands in Vermont’s Otter Creek Watershed

Posted by Amy Overstreet, Vermont Public Affairs Officer on May 24, 2016 at 09:09 AM
Lyn and Jim Des Marais of Brandon, Vermont stand next to a sign on their 1,250 acre farm in the Otter Creek Watershed.

Lyn and Jim Des Marais of Brandon, Vermont are committed to protecting the wetlands on their 1,250 acre farm in the Otter Creek Watershed.

The Des Marais’ are living their dream in Brandon, Vermont. The view from their kitchen window looks out on a nearly 500-acre wetland where the Otter Creek meanders through pastures and grasslands and a diversity of wildlife thrives. That place is now Jim and Lyn Des Marais 1,250 farm.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to own this beautiful and historic property, and our goal is to preserve and protect it,” explains Jim.

And they are doing just that. Read more >>

Tags: Vermont, wetlands

categories Farmer & Rancher Stories, Conservation Programs