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2017 Annual Grazing Conference

March 18, 2017
8:30am – 3:30 pm

Featuring Keynote Speakers: Dr. Fred Provenza, Dr. Hue Karreman and Suzanne Nelson

PDFs of the speakers presentations can be found below in the agenda.

Alfond Campus
Kennebec Valley Community College
US Route 201, Hinckley, ME


From I-95 North or South: Exit 133, Skowhegan/ Fairfield (US-201)
Merge onto US-201 N/ Skowhegan Road
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 Hinkley!


8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:30-10:30 Keynote: How Palates Link Herbivores with Landscapes (PDF)
Dr. Fred Provenza
10:30-10:50 Coffee & Break

Concurrent sessions


CowSignals (PDF)
Dr. Hue Karreman
Dr. Karreman is a certified Master/trainer with CowSignals. Learn how to better understand your animal’s needs to prevent herd problems!
Research with Birdsfoot Trefoil to Control Internal Parasites (PDF)
Dr. Tatiana Stanton
Dr. Stanton is the Cornell University Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. Her work focuses on kidding and lambing management, and innovations in nutrition and parasite management.
Pastured Poultry Production: Better Systems for Better Birds (PDF)
Josh Hatley
Josh is the Farm manager at the University of Maine Witter Center and is beginning a Masters program on pastured poultry production.
Agricultural Allies-Making Room for Grassland Birds (PDF)
Laura Soumi-Lecker
Laura is the Technical Director for Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, and education and outreach coordinator for Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)
1:00-2:00 Keynote: Holistic Healthcare for Livestock on Pasture (PDF)
Dr. Karreman & Suzanne Nelson
Suzanne Nelson of Reverence Farms & Cafe and esteemed organic veterinarian Dr. Hubert Karreman will discuss organic controls for advancing the health of ruminant farm animals in pasture systems.


Concurrent sessions


Mending Broken Linkages-Soil, Plants, Herbivores and Humans (PDF)
Dr. Fred Provenza
The need to amend foods, and to take nutrient supplements, could be reduced by creating phytochemically rich plants and herbivores and by creating cultures that know how to combine foods into meals that nourish and satiate.
Using Summer Annuals to Improve Pasture & Animal Performance (PDF)
Caleb Goosen
Caleb is a PhD candidate at the University of Vermont and is researching the fatty acid content and profile of forage crops, and how management factors affect them.
Using Social Media to Market Your Grass-fed Products (PDF)
Tori Jackson
Tori is an Extension Educator in Lisbon Falls with statewide responsibilities in Farm Business Management and New & Beginning Farmer education. In addition to teaching workshops, Tori offers one-on-one consultations for farmers and assist with business plan preparation.
Principles of Cow/Calf Nutrition (PDF)
Dr. Colt Knight
Dr. Knight has recently been hired as the University of Maine Extension Livestock Specialist

Registration Rates

All registration includes lunch.

  • $75 Non-member registration
  • $60 Current MGFN member
  • $60 Current MBPA member
  • $25 Each additional person
  • $25 Students, 18yrs & younger
  • $100 Vendor Booth

Dr. Fred ProvenzaDr. Fred Provenza began his career working on a ranch near Salida, CO, while earning a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. As a research assistant and technician at Utah State University, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Range Science and joined USU’s faculty in 1982. He has received awards for research, teaching, and mentoring students. In 1994, Provenza received an Outstanding Achievement Award for accomplishments in research from the Society for Range Management. In 1999, he received the W.R. Chapline Research Award, the most prestigious award given by the SRM for achievements in research. He was named professor of the year for the College of Natural Resources in 1989 and 2003 and he received two of USU’s most prestigious awards, the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for work with graduate students in 1999 and the D. Wynne Thorne Career Research Award for research achievements in 2008.

Dr. Hubert KarremanDr. Hubert Karreman is an organic dairy veterinarian and a leading voice in organic veterinary medicine. Working with real cases in clinical practice under the extremely strict “no antibiotics” rule for organic livestock in the U.S., he pioneered non-antibiotic treatments for infectious disease. His methods have attracted attention around the world. Dr. Karreman was in full-time clinical and emergency practice in Lancaster, PA, for 2 decades and now focuses on teaching & sharing methods he successfully utilized as an in-the-trenches clinician and manages a 100% forage-based dairy & diversified farm with his partner Suzanne at Reverence Farms. He is the author of Treating Dairy Cows Naturally, The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally and Four Seasons Organic Cow Care. His lines of natural treatments are available through his company at

Suzanne NelsonSuzanne Nelson operates the multi-generational owned and operated 300-acre Reverence Farms in Saxapahaw, NC. Their diversified meat, poultry and dairy farm includes 50 Jersey cows, 50 young stock and breeding-age Jersey bulls, 200 sheep, small herds of Red Devon cows and Kiko goats, and annually raises 150 turkeys, 150 pigs, 1,800 broilers and 700 laying hens. In 2016 her family opened a farm-to-table restaurant, Reverence Farms Cafe, and they also markets their products directly to customers through a mobile farm store.

For more information contact Rick Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 x1014 or

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