February 3, 2013

Farm briefs: Feb. 2, 2013

Vermont grazing specialist to speak at meetings

CHATEAUGAY — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Northern New York Livestock Team and the Adirondack North Country Association are hosting 2013 North Country Pasture Meetings with guest speaker Jenn Colby, a grazing specialist and Pasture Program coordinator with the University of Vermont Center for Sustainability.

Colby, who raises sheep, pigs and poultry, will speak about grazing practices in Vermont and her current projects that involve pasturing techniques.

A meeting is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chateaugay Knights of Columbus, Route 374, Chateaugay. The cost is $30 per person, $5 for additional people from same farm, and the fee includes lunch sponsored by Feed Commodities Inc. of Malone. Register by Feb. 21 with the local CCE office — Clinton/Essex County, 561-7450,; Franklin County, 483-7403,; or St. Lawrence County, 315-379-9192,

The program agenda includes information from Northern New York farm fields with either Agronomy Educator Mike Hunter of Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County or Joe Lawrence of McClelland Agronomic Services discussing how the drought conditions of 2012 will affect pasture productivity in 2013 and the results of the Northern New York on-farm pasture nitrogen research trials.

The all-day program also includes Trish Decosse of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District presenting programs of interest to grazers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County Agricultural Program Educator Peter Hagar providing information on pasture and forage insurance and Joe Orefice of North Branch Farm in Saranac and Paul Smiths College with an introduction to silvaculture, the grazing of livestock in wooded areas, and silvaculture opportunities in the Adirondacks.

Breakout sessions will also be held with grass-based dairy farmer Bob Zufall of Lisbon; Hugh Sutherland who operates a 700-sheep farm in Huntingdon, Quebec; and local beef backgrounders.

Learn more about agriculture in Northern New York on the Cornell Cooperative Extension website at

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