SUNY Cobleskill, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is offering a series of four grazing workshops covering vital topics in pasture management, grazing management, animal nutrition, and soil health beginning April 21.
The workshops aim to help local livestock producers — whether
small-scale mixed herd farmer, dairy manager, or beef herd owner — learn
more about rotational grazing opportunities. The workshops are free and
open to the public.
Two will be evening sessions and two will be daylong
events with a field component.
The first workshop will feature a lecture by Dave Roberts, state
grasslands specialist for New York with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Roberts leads the
agency at the state level in planning and implementing pasture
management practices through improving forage quality and production,
increasing livestock performance and soil health while keeping farms
sustainable and protecting our resources and environment.
He is part of
regional and national teams to improve grazing practices around the
country on both pastureland and rangelands. He also travels overseas on
volunteer assignments with nonprofit agencies.
The workshops are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. The first workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at SUNY Cobleskill’s Center
for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 110.
SUNY Cobleskill is also developing rotational grazing demonstration
plots to serve as models for those who want to adopt the practice on
their own farms. The grazing systems will include cows, horses, sheep
and goats, and will be developed with the aid of SUNY Cobleskill
In addition to serving as models for farmers, the plots will
provide students with hands-on experience in pasture-based animal
production. Students will also help farmers develop their own rotational