Annual Grazing Conference

March 23, 2019

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Kennebec Valley Community College
Alfond campus (Directions below)

Lunch and snacks are provided in conference fees.

  • $60 Non-member registration
  • $45 MBPN (current members)
  • $45 MGFN members (Your 2019 dues of $25 will be collected separately at the door by check, make out to MGFN)
  • $25 Each additional person
  • $25 Students, 18yrs & under
  • $100 Vendor Booth

 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:30       Registration, trade show

 

9:30 – 9:45       Welcome

 

9:45-10:45       Morgan Hartman (Keynote)

Holistic Planned Grazing: Meeting The Triple Bottom Line On Your Farm

We will discuss grazing charts and their role in grazing planning, but also the bigger picture of how and why we may vary our grazing practices in any given season or on any given farm. We are looking to meet the financial, environmental and social bottom line.

 

11 – 12          Concurrent Sessions

 

Linebreeding for Optimum Performance on YOUR Farm (Morgan Hartman)

We are discussing the use of constructive line-breeding in any type farm operation, whether beef, sheep, dairy, hogs or even goldfish! The principles are the same regardless of breed or species, or even regardless of production paradigm. Even if a particular farmer chooses not to be a line-breeder, they should understand how to implement this ages old tool toward improving optimum production and profit on their farm.

Using technology in your grazing system (Colt Knight)

Colt designs and builds GPS collars for livestock to help producers manage their animals and their pastures. Learn how best to use this technology as well as other ways to work smarted and not harder!

Season Extension/Climate Adaptation (Rick Kersbergen)

We may argue about what causes the change in weather we have been experiencing, but there is no doubt we see changes! How can you build a more resilient forage system to buffer yourself against extremes and provide quality pastures for 6 months of the year.

Pastured Poultry … Show Me the Money (Haden Gooch)

Are you really making money raising pastured poultry? Haden will explain some of his systems that he uses to grow product and determine profit and the cost of production with meat and eggs.

 

12 – 12:45              Lunch

 

12:45-1:45     Steve Sinisi  (Keynote)

Farmer in the Spotlight: Meat so good a vegetarian would eat it! Steve and Seren will present a virtual tour of the pasture based livestock operation where they raise cattle , hogs and poultry.  Steve and Seren have been farming for more than ten years now. Come hear how things have changed over the years. Species and breeds, crops and rotation methods have changed with lessons learned.

 

2 – 3            Concurrent Sessions

 

Composting Manure and Mortalities (Mark Hutchinson)

Manure on your farm can be a great resource to your fields and even your pocket book. Learn some ways to make quality compost and also how to handle your animal mortalities in an environmentally sound manner. Mark teaches composting at the nationally known Maine Compost school and has traveled internationally to solve waste issues.

The Dirty Dozen – Weeds in Pastures and Hayfields (Caragh Fitzgerald)

What are those plants your animals will not eat?  How should you manage the most challenging weeds in pasture and hayfields?

Using 3D Printing to Make Grazing Tools (Bo Dennis, Stephan LaRochelle and Ben Crockett)

3D printing holds tremendous potential for cost effectively designing tools and prototypes for the innovative farmer. This workshop will explain the basics of 3D printing and its possible applications in agriculture. We will also share some of the recent projects created by KVCC and Maine farmers including adaptations for seeders and fencing insulators.

NRCS Cost Share Programs for Grazing Farms (NRCS representative)

Learn what conservation programs might be available to help your farm operation. There are more programs beyond EQUIP!

 

 

KEYNOTES

 

Steve Sinisi is owner operator of Old Crow Ranch in Durham, ME with his wife Seren, where they raise Mangalitsa pigs, grass fed beef, pastured pork and poultry. www.oldcrowranch.com

 

Morgan Hartman is Managing Partner of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC, a small scale Registered Angus breeding operation in Berlin, NY, on the Massachusetts border.

 

A graduate of Cornell University with a multi-disciplinary degree in Plant Science with areas of concentration in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Natural Resource Management, Morgan combines the scientific and creative/artistic approaches to land management. For this reason, he uses Holistic Management principles in his farming and business development.

 

Morgan is co-founder of the nationally acclaimed Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference, an annual conference taking place in New York State’s Capital District. Part of Morgan’s holistic approach to farming and business is his dedication to research, education and outreach for farmers looking to enter the regenerative agriculture paradigm.

 

Directions

I-95 North or South: Exit 133, Skowhegan/Fairfield (US-201)

Merge onto US-201 N/Skowhegan Rd

Appx. 6.6 miles Campus on the Left

There is a blinking light at the Alfond campus entrance

 

For GPS users, use coordinates 44.669057, -69.630307

It says Fairfield, but the location is actually in the town of Hinckley!