Learning from Our Observations of Pastures & Livestock: Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy Webinar by eOrganic

Organic Agriculture December 22, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

This webinar took place on December 18, 2014.

About the Webinar

All organic dairy farmers know the importance of pasture as the primary feed source for their cattle. But part of managing pastures well is honing our observation skills to assess what the plants and animals are telling us about their health. In this webinar, presented by grazing and organic certification specialist Sarah Flack, we will review the key grazing principles that help your cattle maximize dry matter intake from pastures and avoid potential problems. We will also look at examples of how to observe the livestock, their manure, soils and pasture plants to determine how well your pasture management system is working.

About the Presenter

Sarah Flack is a consultant specializing grass based and organic livestock production. Since the early 1990's, she has been teaching workshops and providing practical, technical grazing and organic management education for farmers, organizations, institutions and individuals working on farms and in rural communities. Sarah has authored a book on organic dairy production, co-authored a second book on the subject, written articles and facts-heets on grazing and organic production, and has produced videos and webinars. Sarah also provides consulting services as an organic certification inspector for several agricultural organizations nationwide. She has degrees in Environmental Agriculture and Biology, and Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Vermont. Sarah grew up on a grass-based livestock farm in northern Vermont where she still lives.

 Slides from the webinar as a pdf handout is available at www.eorganic.info/sites/eorganic.info/files/u461/SFlack_PastureMonitoring_12182014.pdf

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This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.

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