Online program focuses on livestock and pasture

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Angus cattle grazing
Angus cattle grazing (Farm and Dairy file photo)

ITHACA, N.Y. — More and more farmers are interested in using livestock to improve pasture health and the farm’s bottom line.

In the six-week online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project, Brett Chedzoy and Steve Gabriel walk students through all the details to improve pasture management and animal health.

“Improve Your Triple Bottom Line Through Better Grazing Practices,” an online course through the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Jan. 14 – Feb.18, webinars each Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

This course is designed for livestock producers who have already initiated grazing practices on their farm, and who have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of their animals and of their pasture ecosystems.

Producers who do not yet have livestock are welcome to participate.

Chedzoy is a forestry and agriculture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. Chedzoy and his family also own and operate Angus Glen Farms in Watkins Glen, New York, a 300-acre grazing operation that raises grass-fed beef.

Steve Gabriel, agroforestry specialist with the Cornell Small Farms Program, is also tghe author of Farming the Woods, and co-owner of Wellspring Forest Farm, which raises pastured lamb and duck.

Details

Check out www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/grazing-management-bf-231 for more details.

Have questions? Contact: Erica Frenay, online course coordinator at 607-255-9911 or ejf5@cornell.edu or Steve Gabriel, online course support at sfg53@cornell.edu.

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