Management Intensive Grazing for the Small Farm


Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Earthwise Farm & Forest, Bethel, VT

Cost: $70/person or $130 for 2 people; pre-registration required

    

Description (Class includes Handout):

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 & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. By taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (ie 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). 

Class content will include
  • Introduction to Management Intensive Grazing: the how & 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
Participants should come away with all the information that they need to set up a realistic grazing system for their farm.

About the Instructor: Lisa McCrory is a Grazing and Whole Farm Planning consultant and owns and operates Earthwise Farm & Forest with her husband, Carl Russell, in Bethel, VT. Their farm is draft-animal powered & certified organic, incorporating biodynamic and ecological practices & principles, and producing and marketing pastured poultry (eggs, meat birds, heritage turkeys), pastured pigs, beef, grass fed milk (tier 1 raw dairy farm), forest products, and about an acre of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. Lisa has training in Holistic Management (c) and offers day long workshops on Holistic Planned Grazing through Holistic Management International’s Beginning Women Farmers Program. She speaks at conferences on topics that include: grazing basics, multi-species grazing, advanced grazing management; calculating dry matter needs for the calendar year, The Family Cow, and Raw Dairy Processing.You can learn more about Lisa's interests and areas of expertise by going here: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/lisa-mccrory-consulting.

For more information or to register, please contact: Lisa McCrory, earthwise@myfairpoint.net or 802-234-5524