Summer Pasture Walks Begin July 1

BURLINGTON – Two upcoming pasture walks, hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program, will give farmers an insight into how other farmers are managing their pasture-based operations. Both events are free, but registration is required.

On July 1, Brian and Cindy Kayhart will welcome farmers to Chalker Farm in New Haven to share how they transitioned more of their acreage to pasture and shifted toward management-intensive grazing principles, including converting cropland and constructing new laneways and an underpass for safer cattle travel. The tour will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmers may bring their own lunch although water and snacks will be provided. Register at KayhartChalkerFarm.eventbrite.com by June 30.

Earl Ransom and Amy Huyffer, owners of Rock Bottom Farm in Strafford will host a pasture walk on July 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be joined by Vermont grazing consultant Sarah Flack, who will discuss managing pasture as a crop on land that includes both hay land that can be grazed and steeper permanent pastures. Discussions also will focus on managing soils and plant species to maximize the use of pasture to keep input and feed costs low.

Bryony Sands, a UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences postdoctoral fellow, will talk about parasite management in pastures. Water and snacks will be available, but participants can bring their own lunch. The deadline to register is July 24 at RockBottomFarm.eventbrite.com.

The UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program’s Annual Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh will be July 28. Registration and details will be announced soon at go.uvm.edu/conferences.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these events, contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432.

To learn about other events in the 2022 Summer Dairy Series, sponsored by UVM Extension, NOFA-VT and the Vermont Grass Farmers Association, go to go.uvm.edu/summer-dairy.