Granite State Graziers
8th annual grazing conference
Feb. 22, Concord, NH

Getting it done

Practical, nuts-and-bolts information for operating a pasture-based farm in New Hamsphire's economy and climate can be hard to come by. With that in mind, Granite State Graziers has assembled a program of no-nonsense seminars that will provide you with ideas and strategies that you can put to use on your farm this year.
 
In addition to the conference program, the annual GSG winter grazing conference provides an ideal opportunity to shake off your cabin fever, network with fellow farmers and suppliers, and get new ideas that can take your farm to the next level in 2014.
 
Join us at the beautiful McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, just off exit 2 of Interstate 89 in Concord, for a day of inspiration, practical tips, and a chance to forge new friendships and renew old ones.
 
Click here to register on line. We look forward to seeing you there!
 

Session Topics

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Livestock health and the immune system
presenter: Dr. Hubert Karreman, Rodale Institute veterinarian and owner of Penn Dutch Cow Care
Dr. Karreman’s practice is dedicated to providing natural treatments and herd health management services to ecologically motivated dairy farmers in Lancaster County, PA. His focus on botanical and other non-chemical health protocols includes educating producers about how the immune systems of animals function, and what happens when they are weakened or overcome. He’ll cover the scientific basis of both pharmaceutical and organic treatments for disease.

Watching the grass grow
presenters: Carl Majewski and Daimon Meeh, UNH Cooperative Extension
Many graziers consider themselves grass farmers first and foremost. Carl and Daimon will provide an overview of what goes into growing good pasture so that you can feed your animals well.

Lambing on pasture
Presenter: Sheep producer, Graze Magazine author and agriculture educator Janet McNally of Hinkley, Minnesota.
There's more to pasture lambing than just shooing the ewes out of the barn. Janet will talk about the practices and techniques that can make the difference between a successful transition from lambing in a shed to lambing on grass.

Pastured pork production
presenter: Jeff Cantara, farmer at New Roots Farm, Exeter, NH
Swine can serve many functions on pasture-based farms, from land clearing to crop gleaning, and can provide an additional revenue stream using land that might otherwise be unproductive. Jeff has raised pigs on his farm since its inception, and will talk about the ins and outs of raising pigs on pasture.

How wolves and parasites made me a better grazier
presenter: Janet McNally
When wolves were introduced to her region of Minnesota, Janet had to radically change how she managed her sheep. At the same time, she began to see problems with parasitism on a whole new scale. These two challenges to her flock caused her to increase stocking density and extend the rest period of her pastures. As a result she has been able to improve her pasture to the point where she can graze through droughts that have her neighbors feeding hay in July and August.

Soil health for graziers
presenter: Brandon Smith, NRCS agronomist
For many decades, farmers were told that they should test their soils and apply amendments to provide the correct soil pH and macro-nutrients (N, P, and K) to obtain optimal yields. In this talk, Brandon will discuss the many other factors such as the soil’s physical properties and biological activity that can affect productivity, and provide some insights into how we can manage our soils to improve their overall health.

Alternative pasture crops and tillage systems
presenter: Dorn Cox, director of Green Start, Lee, NH
Working with four generations on his family’s 250-acre diversified organic farm, Dorn has worked to select effective cover crops, grains and oilseed coupled with animal rotations for food and energy production, and developed no-till and low-till techniques to reduce energy use and increase soil health in New Hampshire conditions. Graziers can use many of these same crops and tillage systems to extend growing seasons, renovate pastures, or increase pasture biomass.

Managing parasites in small ruminants
presenter: Bill Fosher, diversified farmer, Westmoreland, NH
A monthly dose of dewormer medication no longer passes for effective parasite management in sheep and goats. Bill, a shepherd with 23 years of experience in managing large and small flocks of sheep, will discuss how to keep flocks healthy in the face of dewormers that are losing efficacy, and the increased prevalence of killer worms in the Northeast. Bill will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of tactics like the FAMACHA test, wormer rotation, and genetic selection.

 

 

 

 
 
Registration on-line or at the door. 

Admission is $65. Add a membership to Granite State Graziers (a $25 value) and recieve a $10 discount. (Total due: $80)
Registrations after Monday, Feb. 17 will incur an additional $10 fee.
 
Lunch will be served, and is included in the registration price.

Made possible with support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our conference sponsors.
 
Coffee, water, and snacks will be available during registration and breaks. 
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:00    check-in and coffee
9:00    welcome and introduction
    Steve Normanton and Bill Fosher, 
    Granite State Graziers
9:15    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    Dr. Hubert Karreman, veterinarian with the Rodale Institute and Penn Dutch Cow Care 

10:00    BREAKOUT SESSION  I
A.  Livestock health and the immune system
    Dr. Hubert Karreman
B.   Watching the grass grow
    Carl Majewski and Daimon Meeh

10:55     break and refreshments

11:05    BREAKOUT SESSION  II
A.  Lambing on Pasture
    Janet McNally
B.  Pastured pork production
    Jeff Cantara

12:00    lunch break, discussion of GSG's no-till seeder initiative and other programs, networking, time for visiting supporters' display booths

1:30      BREAKOUT SESSION  III
 A.  How wolves and parasites made me a better grazier
    Janet McNally
B.  Soil health for graziers
    Brandon Smith

2:25     break and refreshments

2:35      BREAKOUT SESSION  IV
A.  Alternative pasture crops and tillage
    Dorn Cox
B.  Managing parasites in small ruminants
    Bill Fosher

3:30     Networking, return evaluations and name tags. Questions and answers.

4:15    Adjournment