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Allegany County Pasture Walk Series

September 12th and 13th, 2013 Featuring shepherd & Border Collie trainer, Diane Cox and Dairy Graziers, Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown with facilitation by GLCI Grazing Advocate, Helen Terry and The Grass Whisperer, Troy Bishopp On September 12th, join Diane Cox and the grazing team at 593 Lever Hill Road Andover, NY 14806 for a twilight small ruminant pasture walk from 6pm to 8pm as they discuss: Stock-piling for grazing season extension, utilizing a planned grazing chart, estimate standing pasture dry matter, incorporating rain water collection in the watering system and using dogs as a tool to control the sheep. A graduate of the Beginning Women Farmers Program, Dianes farm started with her Border Collie and the need for sheep to train with. From the original 7 sheep, her flock has grown to 40 and now her focus is being a steward of her 57 acres of land. On September 13th, join Kim and Janice and the grazing team at the Birds-All Farm 3642 Worden Road Canaseraga, NY 14822 for a pasture walk from 1pm to 3pm as they discuss: Incorporating a grazing chart into their daily pasture management, maximizing forage quality & production through irrigation, fertility, etc. and implementing, with assistance of cost-share resources, some projects that address environmentally sensitive areas. Grazing their 45 head of dairy cows on 95 acres for the past 20 years, Kim & Janice were purchasing all of their grain & hay. Due to increased grain prices & inconsistency of hay quality, they are now harvesting some of their own hay & baleage. Light refreshments will be served and please wear clean boots! Disposable boots will be available. For more information, Call Helen Terry at (585)493-2709 or e-mail at txterry89@frontiernet.net. This series is sponsored by the Seneca Trail RC&D Council, NESARE Holistic Grazing Training Professional Development Project, New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Allegany County SWCD & NRCS, and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.