Debra Heleba, University of Vermont Extension
In the video, "Calculating Dry Matter Intake in Organic Pastures Using a Pasture Stick," speaker Sarah Flack demonstrates how to measure dry matter available from pasture using or pasture or grazing stick.
Sources of Pasture Sticks by State
It is important to note that not all pasture sticks are exactly the same. Sticks from each state and/or region may vary based on different forage species, production, and growth stages due to climate, elevation, and other factors. Most states and/or regions that have pasture sticks customize them to specifically address their growing conditions.
The following is a list of contacts where you may find a pasture stick in your state. If your state is not listed, try contacting your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, your local affiliate of the American Forage and Grassland Council (if your state has one), or the national Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
- Delaware: High Sierra, Mike Johnson, 530-223-2981
- Colorado: Daniel Nosal, USDA NRCS, 303-688-3042 x106, Daniel.Nosal@co.usda.gov
- Florida: Marta Leon, USDA NRCS, 352-338-9542, email@example.com or SEMO Specialties, Jackson, MO, 573-243-0090
- Illinois: Illinois Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indiana: Keith Johnson, Purdue University/Indiana Forage Council, http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/forages/IFC/Index.html,765-494-4783, email@example.com
- Kansas: David Kraft, USDA NRCS, 620-343-7276 x105, David.Kraft@ks.usda.gov
- Maine: your local NRCS office or Alice Begin, USDA NRCS, 207-990-9568, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Massachusetts: your local NRCS office or Tom Akin, USDA NRCS, 413-253-4365, email@example.com
- Michigan: Betsy Dierberger, USDA NRCS, 517-324-5265, Betsy.Dierberger@mi.usda.gov
- Missouri: Joetta Roberts, Missouri Forage & Grassland Council/Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, http://agebb.missouri.edu/mfgc, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nebraska: Ron Bolze, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, 402-426-2033, email@example.com
- New Hampshire: Brandon Smith, USDA NRCS, 603-868-9931 x111, firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey: Jill Ott, USDA NRCS, 908-782-4614 x3, email@example.com
- New York: Karen Hoffman, USDA NRCS, 607-334-4632 x116, firstname.lastname@example.org
- North Dakota: Jeff Printz, USDA NRCS, 701-530-2080, Jeff.Printz@nd.usda.gov
- Ohio: Bob Hendershot, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council/Ohio Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, email@example.com
- Oklahoma: Steve Glasgow, USDA NRCS, 405-742-1235, Steven.Glasgow@ok.usda.gov
- Oregon: USDA NRCS
- South Dakota: Corporate Gifts and Incentives, Cindi Green, 605-582-8102
- Tennessee: SEMO Specialties, Jackson, MO, 573-243-0090
- Texas: Mark Moseley, Rangeland Management Specialist/GLCI Liaison, 830-249-3508, Mark.Moseley@tx.usda.gov
- Vermont: Jennifer Colby, Vermont Pasture Network, 802-656-0858, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kevin Kaija, USDA NRCS, 802-295-7942, Kevin.Kaija@vt.usda.gov
- Virginia: David Fiske, Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, 540-377-2255, email@example.com
- Wisconsin: Brian Pillsbury, USDA NRCS, 608-355-4470, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturers of Pasture Sticks
If you are a service provider and/or farmer interested in getting multiple pasture sticks made, the following is a partial list of stick manufactures provided by grazing specialists. Please note that these references are for informational purposes only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.
- Apex Advertising, www.apexadv.com, Deb Shank, 717-464-8828
- Corporate Gifts and Incentives, Cindi Green, 605-582-8102
- High Sierra, Mike Johnson, 800-288-7989, 530-223-2981
- SEMO Specialties, 573-243-0090
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