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Grazette Newsletter - September 2013

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Wet, wet, and more wet weather! How could the grazing season be more different from one year to the next? Last year at this time many graziers were feeding a lot of supplemental forage to get through the fall – now if animals are being fed other forages it is because pastures are too wet. Hopefully all the rain will help to extend this grazing season a little further, and cold weather won’t arrive too soon!

Please continue to send in notices of pasture walks and workshops by 3 days prior to the end of
each month - the Grazette is distributed monthly.

Upcoming Pasture Workshops and Related 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.

Allegany County Pasture Walk Series

When: Thursday and Friday, September 12th and 13th
Where: 9/12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 593 Lever Hill Road, Andover
             9/13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at 3642 Worden Road, Canaseraga

Featuring shepherd & Border Collie trainer, Diane Cox and Dairy Graziers, Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown with facilitation by Grazing Land Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Grazing Advocate, Helen Terry and The Grass Whisperer, Troy Bishopp.

On Thursday, join Diane Cox and the grazing team for a twilight small ruminant pasture walk as they discuss: Stock-piling for grazing season extension, utilizing a planned grazing chart, estimate standing pasture dry matter, incorporating rain water collection in the watering system and using dogs as a tool to control the sheep.

On Friday, join Kim and Janice and the grazing team at the Birds-All Farm as they discuss: Incorporating a grazing chart into their daily pasture management, maximizing forage quality & production through irrigation, fertility, etc. and implementing, with assistance of cost-share resources, some projects that address environmentally sensitive areas.

Light refreshments will be served and please wear clean boots! Disposable boots will be available. For more information, e-mail Helen Terry or call (585) 493-2709.

This series is sponsored by the Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NSARE) Professional Development Project, New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (NYS-GLCI), Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) , Allegany County Soil and Wwater Conservation District (SWCD) and NRCS, and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Web link image: New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Oneida County Pasture Walk

When: Saturday, September 14th – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Quaker View Farm, 7150 Quaker Hill Road, Ava

Local beef producer Paul and Mary Snider invite you to view their rotational grazing system for beef production. Call CCE of Oneida County at (315) 736-3394 extension 132 for details.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

Bennington Beefalo Pasture Walk

When: Thursday, September 19th – 5:00 pm
Where: 1990 Stedman Rd, Attica (Wyoming County)

Bob and Kathy Ott started rotational grazing in 1985 with beef. They now run a diverse, grass-based, operation that direct markets Beefalo, poultry, swine, and soap. Find out how a mentoring relationship with intern Ryan Kehl is mutually benefiting both parties. Hear neighbor Tom Geitner talk about his pastured egg layers and winter feeding of barley and wheat sprouts. Spend an evening and learn a lot!

A light supper of local foods will be provided. Registration Fee: $15 per person, $30 per family; $5 discount to NWNY Team enrollees. Pre-registration deadline is September 16. Please e-mail Sharon Wolcott or call her at (585) 786-2251. For more information or to pay online visit the Northwest New York Livestrock, Field and Crops Team web site.

Brought to you by CCE’s NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team with Sponsors: NYS-GLCI and NESARE.

CCE Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team logo




Diverse, Innovative Small Farm Production Practices

Holistic Management International

Soil Health - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

When: Monday, September 23rd – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Creekside Meadows Farm, DeRuyter (Madison County)

Our Creekside Meadows Farm Day is part of HMI's new Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series. Open Gate is an action-based approach to learning. At the Creekside Meadows Farm Day you'll see how fellow New York and New England land managers are using multi-species grazing and integrated cropping practices to improve pasture health and soil fertility. We'll show you how to monitor for soil health and inventory forage for better grazing practices. If you don't have livestock, that's okay because we'll also cover how to develop a whole farm goal so you can make better decisions.

For more information or to register, the Holistic Management International web site. Sponsored by Holistic Management International.

Advance Notice

Pastured Pigs, and More!

When: Tuesday, October 1st - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Creek Ridge Farm; 2735 Van Zandt Hollow Road, Watkins Glen, New York.

The Ross Family will demonstrate how they raise cattle, broilers and pigs on pasture. Come meet other graziers and share ideas!

Free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are appreciated by e-mailing Brett Chedzoy or calling at (607) 742-3657 Light refreshments will be served. Organized by the Tri-County Graziers, with support from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben and Schuyler Counties, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, and the NYS-GCLI.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County

Upper Susquehanna Coalition

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Stueben County

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative


Funding Available

The New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (NYS-GLCI) has funds available to sponsor educational events such as pasture walks and workshops. NYS-GLCI is funded through a special initiative of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, with the goal of increasing and improving the management of private grazing lands through voluntary participation of landowners and managers, agency staff, and others.

If you work for an entity in New York that organizes grazing events for farmers, and are looking for additional funding to support speakers, educational materials, or other costs, you are eligible to apply for funding. Send an email to Karen Hoffman or call (607) 334-4632 extension 116 for more information. All requests must be made by September 15th for consideration.

Pasture Soil Health News

Pasture Soil Health Video

Here’s another great video about pasture soil health, this time from NRCS in South Dakota! Thanks to the folks at On Pasture for highlighting the video.

“When the rain comes, will your soil be ready? Management of grasslands is paramount to the health of our soil and water resources. Recently, conservationists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in South Dakota have been studying the effects that management has on soil properties, such as infiltration, and the results are dramatic. Studies like these show that infiltration is significantly impacted by the management practices being implemented on the land.”

Read more and view the video


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Brought to you by the New York State 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. 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 Web site. Information on the NYS-GLCI can be obtained by sendinig an e-mail to Karen Hoffman, GLCI Coordinator.

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.

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