Pasture and grazing sessions for farmers Feb. 22
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 9:09 am

CANTON – Livestock grazing is the topic at a pasture seminar with grazing lands specialist Dave Roberts, starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Canton Best Western.

The dinner meeting registration is $15. People my reserve a spot with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at 379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu

Livestock and dairy producers can use the various grazing systems and techniques that Roberts will discuss for improving pastures, which, in turn, impacts production and farm profitability.

Roberts says, “Producers can apply different techniques to accomplish different goals, for example, increasing the number of livestock their land resource can support, decreasing labor, improving soil quality, and maximize forage production to improve animal quality.”

He will cover the pros and cons of such techniques as tall grass grazing, mob grazing, creep grazing, and season extension.

More speakers, including Cooperative Extension educators and Soil & Water Conservation District staff, will discuss such topics as how to develop a farm pasture plan at no cost, grazing sheep and cattle together, bale grazing, and how winter pasture management impacts forage quality, animal growth and weed control the following spring.

The session is presented by the Northern New York Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Team and the Adirondack North Country Association.