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May 19, 2013

Farm briefs: May 19, 2013

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Seminar topics include Breeding (selection of breeding stock, buck and doe physiology, heat cycles); Kidding (supplies needed, what to do with mom and the kids); Milking (How to milk properly, storing and using milk); Kid Care (feeding and weaning, medications, commons problems and how to avoid them). Kids will be on hand and there will be a milking demonstration.

The guest speaker is Rose Bartiss from Rose’s Goats. She has been raising dairy goats near Vermontville for more than nine years. In 2011, Bartiss started the Adirondack Goat Club to bring together goat owners and enthusiasts all over the area. The mission of the club is to create a network of people who can rely on each other for help with their goats, for the sharing of information and equipment, and for the sale and trade of quality animals.

Bartiss will share what she has learned over the years with attendees of Goat Night to help goat owners and aspiring goat owners learn how to take good care of their animals and raise happy, healthy goats.

The event is free, and there will be prize drawings, pizza and refreshments. To register, go to WardLumber.com or call Kim at 946-2110, Ext. 120.

Farming in the Basin twilight meeting to be held

WILLSBORO — A program in the Farming in the Basin series will be held Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Woods “n” River Farm, LLC, 647 Sunset Drive in Willsboro.

This is the second in a series of on-farm meetings that will focus on lake-friendly farming practices and techniques. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are collaborating to hold this event.

This meeting will focus on grazing and will be at the farm of David and Anne Lincoln, who practice rotational grazing on their beef-cattle operation.

Rich Redman, a recently retired conservationist from the USDA NRCS, will discuss the importance of rotational grazing, erosion control and pasture best management practices to improve grazing profits. Tiffany Pinheiro of the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering farmers information on how the Agricultural Environmental Management program can help plan and implement practices to improve their grazing system. Myra Lawyer, the agronomist from the Lake Champlain Basin Program in New York, will also be there to help answer any grazing questions.

Contact the Essex County Soil and Water District, 962-8225, or Clinton County CCE, 561-7450, for directions to the farm and registration, or email Peter Hagar at phh7@cornell.edu for more information.

 

 

 

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