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New York Grazing Coalition Grazette - May 2017

New York Grazing Coalition Grazette - May 2017








Happy May Day!

By now, most grass-based farms have their livestock out on pasture, and the growing conditions have been perfect for our cool-season grasses and legumes.  We are also approaching the peak of dandelion season, which animals love to graze on because it has a high nutritional value.  Here’s hoping the growing season is a good one for all of us and our neighbors – happy grazing!

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

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.

Upcoming Pasture Workshops and Related Events

Stoney Creek Farmstead(Please note events listed are primarily held in New York State, unless indicated otherwise)

Delaware County Pasture Walk

~ Optional Pizza Night After Walk ~

When: Saturday, May 6th - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Stony Creek Farmstead, Kate and Dan Marsiglio, 1738 Freer Hollow Road, Walton

Stony Creek Farmstead is owned and worked by three generations of the Marsiglio family. Kate and Dan produce meat, eggs, and vegetables for sale. The cows and sheep are 100 percent grass fed. Pigs and poultry supplement their pasture diets with locally grown certified organic grains. The farm also offers farm stays and pizza nights. 60 head of beef and 25 ewes with lambs are managed on about 100 acres of pastures. We will walk the pastures, discuss current forage quality and quantities of currently grazed paddocks, and have a conversation about early season grass management including topics of setting up the “grazing wedge”, dealing with high protein pastures, and transitioning from winter feed. We will also be demonstrating the use of electronets. 

Come prepared to walk the pastures rain or shine. 

There is no cost to attend the pasture walk. Following the walk, participants are welcome to stay for Pizza Night. Cost for pizza is $10/person. 

Directions: From Walton, travel north on County Road 21 about 5 miles to Freer Hollow. Turn right on Freer Hollow for 1.8 miles to the farm. Watch for signs. If staying for Pizza Night, please register by emailing Kim Holden or call 607-865-7090.

Earthwise Farm and ForestThe Family Cow

When: Sunday, May 7th - 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Randolph, Vermont

Interested in having a milk cow to feed your family and friends and wondering how to get started? Interested in managing your land and livestock organically or ecologically? Curious about the current Vermont regulations for selling raw milk? This class will cover the ins and outs of owning a family cow and calf - from health and nutrition, to breeding, milking (hand milking or machine), setting up a rotational grazing system, calf care, udder health, milk quality, raw milk sales, organic certification, and more. Class participants will have an opportunity for some hands-on learning and will receive a handout, product/resource catalogs, and some product samples to get them on their way.

Cost: $70 per person, $130 for two people.

For more information, visit the Earthwise Farm and Forest web site, email Lisa McCrory, or call 802-234-5524.

Managing Trees and Animals in Silvopasture Systems

When: Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County, 323 Owego Street #5, Montour Falls

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Schuyler CountyThe Cornell Small Farms Program, with support from New York State and the USDA, announces three trainings in agroforestry this spring to support Veterans looking to get into agricultural production. This course will explore the successful integration of livestock and trees in mixed systems to help participants understand how to establish and maintain forest and tree grazing systems on their farms. Learn more about silvopasture on the Wellspring Forest Farm and School YouTube page.

There are limited seats available. At this time, the registration link on the Cornell Small Farms web page is not working. The contact provided on the page is Dean Koyanagi at 607-255-9911.

Butter, Yogurt and Cheese Making Class

Earthwise Farm and Forest

When: Saturday, May 20th - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Randolph, Vermont

Learn how to make delicious soft cheeses, yogurt and butter in your own kitchen! Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs, or other flavors to your final product. With simple instruction and good quality raw milk, it is an easy and exciting activity providing nutritious, quality food for your family. This class will also provide information about how and where to purchase local, raw milk.

Organic Grassfed Raw Milk, Cheese Cloth, Fromage Blanc Culture, Yogurt Culture, and Citric Acid will be available for sale.

A handout will be provided including instructions for the products made plus a list of on-line resources.

Cost: $40 per person, $75 for two people.  For more information visit the Earthwise Farm and Forest web site, email Lisa McCrory, or call 802-234-5524.

Management Intensive Grazing for the Small Diversified FarmEarthwise Farm and Forest

When: Sunday, May 21st - 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Randolph, Vermont

Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter and soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. By taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (i.e. electric fencing, water systems) into consideration you can make your grazing system a success on your farm. 

This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a small, diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will learn how to set up a grazing system to complement their animal numbers (or anticipated animal numbers). Handout included.

Class content will include:

  • Introduction to Management Intensive Grazing: the how and why
  • Goal Setting – determining the ideal pasture system for you and your livestock
  • Planning for the whole growing season using maps and a grazing chart
  • Calculating livestock feed needs
  • Multi-species grazing
  • Plant identification
  • Extending the grazing season

Cost: $70 per person, $130 for two people. 

For more information, visit the Earthwise Farm and Forest web site, email Lisa McCrory, or call 802-234-5524.

Small Ruminant Health Pasture WalkA small herd of goats

When: Thursday, May 25th – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Pine Croft Farm, Ben Wood, 7353 Sanger Hill Road, Waterville (Oneida County)

Pine Croft Farm owner and operator, Ben Wood, recently participated in an organic Birdsfoot trefoil study conducted by Cornell University’s Dr. tatiana Stanton. The preliminary findings from the study will be presented by tatiana Stanton. Birdsfoot trefoil is a forage legume that has shown anti-parasite effects in sheep and goats. Additional topics on the agenda include Ben’s strategy for pasture management, cover crop uses, seeding and soil management. Marketing opportunities using MeatSuite will also be highlighted.  

There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. Please call 315-736-3394 extension 132 by Tuesday May 25th.

Advance Notice

The Grassfed ExchangeThe Grassfed Exchange

When: September 27th to 29th
Where: The Desmond Hotel, Albany

Mark your calendar! Early bird registration now open!

The 2017 Grassfed Exchange, set to be held at Albany New York's award winning Desmond Hotel, promises to be an experience you won't want to miss. This year's event will feature a lineup of renowned keynote speakers, live cooking demonstrations, interactive farm tours, two full days of seminars with exhibitors, and outdoor livestock display pens.

We invite you to come network and learn from some of the industries most innovative producers, thought leaders, top chefs, and bloggers that have their finger on the pulse of what is driving the fastest growing segment in the beef industry. Now more than ever, as grassfed and regenerative agriculture continues to rapidly evolve, it will be crucial to stay in-tune to the latest changes and advancements that will continue to shape the future of our industry.

Keynote speakers include Ray Archuleta of USDA-NRCS’s Soil Health Division, David Montgomery, author of the newly released book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Jeremy Stanton, operator of Fire Roasted Catering, and more. 

Registration and more information now available at the Grassfed Exchange web site.

Other Interesting Events

Since many of our readers do more on their farms than graze livestock, we have added this new section. We will list events not directly related to grazing, such as topics on other crops, soil health, conservation, and farm business management, but that may be of interest to graziers in this section. This will not be all-inclusive, as there would be too many to list, so please be understanding if you don’t see something here that you expected.

Cured Meats WorkshopCornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

When: May 31st to June 1st
Where: Stocking Hall, Cornell University, 411 Tower Road, Ithaca

The Cured Meats Workshop is tailored to small-scale meat processors and restaurant owners interested in creating a value-added meat product for their customers. The course consists of lecture sessions that will cover basic charcuterie, meat fabrication, casings, grinding, as well as an overview of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), scheduled processes, and testing. Participants will also learn through on-hands sessions the basics of cured meats production in coppa, pancetta, speck and others. The course is ideally suited for small-scale meat processors, restaurant owners, and producers wanting detailed information. Visit the Cornell University Dairy Extension web site to register.

Meat Processing Certificate Program at SUNY CobleskillBeef processing

The Meat Processing Certification is an intensive hands-on, four part training program designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to enter employment in the meat processing industry. The program consists of specialized training in the accuracy of cutting, knife handling, portion control, merchandizing and the utilization of all products. Hands-on training in animal slaughter, primal fabrication, retail cutting, value added products (sausage), wrapping and storage of finished product. Safety, sanitation, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) will be included.

Four part series:

  • May 22nd to May 26th – Lamb and Goat, $950
  • May 29th to June 2nd – Pork and Fresh Sausages, $950
  • June 12th to June 21st – Beef Slaughter and Processing, $1,650
  • June 22nd and 23rd – HACCP 2-day, $550

Total cost is $4,100 – choose one or all four

Register by calling 518-255-5528 or register by email.

Pasture News and Resources

A professional energy auditor gathering energy usage information from a farmerAgricultural Energy Audits Available to New York Farms Through NYSERDA

New York farms can cut energy use and energy costs with the Agriculture Energy Audit Program

Last spring, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched the Agriculture Energy Audit Program. The Program offers farms and on-farm producers no-cost energy audits. No up-front costs are required form the farmer as NYSERDA pays the consultant directly. Three levels of audits are offered. The level II audit adheres to ANSI/ASABE S612 standards and can be submitted with Environmental Quality Incentive Programs (EQIP) applications or to other third parties for funding consideration. 

Audits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program runs through the end of the 2017 or until funds are expendedNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

For general information or to request flyers for your office call 800-732-1399 or send an email. To discuss the program further or email Lisa Coven, Program Manager, or call 800-732-1399 extension 839.

Applications available at the NYSERDA web site.


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Brought to you by the New York Grazing Coalition (NYGC). The NYGC 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 the National Grazing Lands Coalition, check out the NatGLC web site. Information on the NYGC can be obtained from Coordinator Karen Hoffman.