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Silvopasturing

By Brett Chedzoy / July 4, 2010

Grazing domestic livestock in wooded areas is a common practice in many parts of the world and other regions of the U.S., but became taboo in the northeast in the later half of the 20th century when foresters and conservationists began to educate farmers on the potential harmful impacts of allowing livestock in their woodlots. …

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How to Get Started with Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 4, 2010

Let’s assume you have a parcel of land. You would like to get started but you don’t know how. Here is an outline. Pasture. If your parcel of land is a hayfield or has existing vegetation but there are lots of weeds, work with it. Don’t plow it up unless you have some extra money…

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Dairy Farm Pushes the Limits: Grass and Genetics at Dharma lea farm

By Paul Van Amburgh / July 4, 2010

Dairy farmers are suffering in the midst of dairy’s worst financial crash ever. With the very existence of the family dairy farm in question, 2010 promises many foreclosures, for both conventional and organic farms. As dairy farmers, my wife Phyllis and I understand that we do not control the greater economy or the price we…

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Celebrating the Vitality of Grazing Farms with the Vermont Grass Farmers Association

By Jennifer Colby / July 4, 2010

The Vermont Grass Farmers Association is a farmer-driven organization dedicated to furthering the use of managed grazing for livestock to create healthier soils, stronger local economies, and happier farmers. Today, the organization thrives with several hundred members, a high quality annual educational conference, and excellent relationships with state and regional partners. History Domesticated ruminant animals…

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Raising and Finishing Lambs on Pasture

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 4, 2010

“It can’t be done”. I hear that often when the topic of raising and finishing lambs on pasture is being discussed. Can it be done? Let’s take a look at the history of sheep. Sheep as well as goats were raised in areas that could not support a cow. Or they were raised by people…

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Yes, Cows Eat Weeds!

By Nancy Glazier / April 4, 2010

Learn from Kathy Voth’s work The Northeast Pasture Consortium (NEPC) Annual Meeting was held in January this year inVermont. The weather can be questionable at best in January, but it cooperated this year. The latest pasture research was presented by universities, agencies and producers at the two-day conference. Many great projects were shared and lots…

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There is More Than One Way to Milk a Cow

By Fay Benson / April 4, 2010

New Zealanders Change the Dairy Paradigm in Missouri The contrast between a U.S. dairy management style and the New Zealand grazing dairy approach was easy to see at a grazing conference in Missouri this past summer.  New Zealand-styled grazing dairies focus on intensive pasture management, rather than milk production, to lower costs and achieve profits.Missouri…

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Farmers Share Friendship and Knowledge at Dairy Profit Discussion Groups

By Kathy Barrett / April 4, 2010

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard farmers say after a dairy meeting or event that the best part of the program was talking to the other farmers over lunch or during the break.  It’s clear that farmers find tremendous value in talking to other farmers about their practices and experiences on…

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