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Pasture advances farm resilience

2021-05-06T09:28:06-05:00May 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Pasturing livestock may seem a natural and straightforward way to feed them; however, it also promotes farm resilience. Paul Dorrance, owner of Pastured Providence, presented “Pasture-Based Livestock: Advancing Ecological, Economic and Emotional Resilience” as a webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerts Trust. (more…)

Water management essential for pasture grazing

2021-04-22T15:46:10-05:00April 22, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

In the Northeast, precipitation on the farm could be summed up as too much of a good thing at times or – like in 2020 – too little of a precious resource. That’s why water management is vital for preventing pastures from browning or flooding. Ignoring these extremes can result in lost forage opportunities. Steve Gabriel of Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, NY, and Extension specialist of the Cornell Small Farms Program, presented “Water Management for Pasture Grazing Systems” as a recent webinar hosted by Food Animal Concerns Trust. (more…)

Contract grazing tips

2021-04-09T15:17:20-05:00April 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Grazing one’s own land can provide an economic way to raise beef cattle; however, not every cattleman possesses enough land to effectively graze his herd. Whether he grazes his cattle on his own land or on someone else’s, it costs money. Father and son team Jon and Jared Luhman operate Dry Creek Red Angus. The family-owned direct market, grass-fed beef and organic cash crop farm is in Goodhue, MN. Their herd contract grazes on cover crops and crop residue, including their neighbor’s fields and at sites as remote as Nebraska. They shared their findings at “Contract Grazing Cover Crops for Winter Feed,” a recent webinar hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa. (more…)

Branding means telling your story

2021-04-06T15:55:40-05:00March 26, 2021|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Branding may sound like a difficult job for savvy social media whizzes. But Dahlia Dill, owner of Chandler Pond Farm in Wheelock, VT, believes that any farmer can develop effective branding with just a few ideas. She presented “Social Media Tips & Tricks” as part of the New England Women in Livestock Virtual Winter Conference recently. (more…)