Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator of sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the low quality of this year’s hay harvest due to a rainy June. Kersbergen spoke about the loss of nutrients while farmers wait for the hay to dry. He said once the hay crop quality drops, the only remedy is a second crop of good quality hay.
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The Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) and North Star Sheep Farm are hosting a pasture walk and fencing workshop on Saturday, July 13, 2013 beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Collyer Brook Farm in Gray, Maine.
The workshop will feature presentations by MGFN board member Ben Hartwell on fencing options, installation tips and design features for new and experienced grazers. The farm, at 17 Megquier Road in Gray, is owned and operated by Lisa and Phil Webster of Windham, Maine.
The Maine Grass Farmers Network collaborates with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
For more information about MGFN or this pasture walk, or to request disability accommodations, contact Rick Kersbergen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.342.5971. More information about North Star Sheep Farm is online.
The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” focused on a sheep drive on a farm in Newcastle, Maine. The article listed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s website as a source to view the sheep-related educational opportunities it offers.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine
Presenter: Richard Kersbergen, Waldo County Extension Educator
Cost is free. Registration is required.
Is your pasture or hayfield overrun with buttercup and/or smooth bedstraw? Do you have old fields that you would like to bring back? Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a workshop with Richard Kersbergen, Waldo County Extension Educator in Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems. Kersbergen will address the problems of how to get weeds under control and manage your fields. Both chemical and non-chemical methods of control will be discussed. Bring your questions! Natural Resource Conservation Service grazing sticks will be available. The workshop will be held at the Knox and Lincoln Counties Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine.
Richard Kersbergen, an Extension Professor and a cooperating research scientist with the New England Plant, Soil and Water Laboratory, is a national expert and leader in the organic dairy industry. He has served as the state contact for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of the USDA and has just finished as chair of the Northeast Pasture Consortium. Over the years, Kersbergen has worked as an extension agent, farm manager for the UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station and also worked to support hundreds of Cooperative Extension volunteer Master Gardeners and responded to thousands of home horticulture client calls.
Cost for the workshop is free. Please register by contacting Hildy Ellis at 207.596.2040, or email@example.com. Let us know if you need any special accommodations to attend.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces a pasture walk on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Old Crow Ranch, 427 Davis Road, Durham, Maine.
Pasture improvements made possible with the Maine Grass Farmers Network’s (MGFN) no-till drill will be discussed. MGFN members may use the no-till drill, which helps soil retain moisture and reduces erosion. A demonstration of how to use the drill to improve species composition in pastures begins at 3:00 p.m. A discussion of multi-species grazing used at Old Crow Ranch will be at 4:00 p.m. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact Richard Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Sinisi established Old Crow Ranch in 2008 with assistance from Land for Maine’s Future and Royal River Conservation Trust. Sixty-five of the 70 acres were placed into an agricultural easement that preserves the farmland in perpetuity; Sinisi and Seren Huus built their homestead and farm on the remaining five acres.
The Maine Grass Farmers Network collaborates with UMaine Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
For more information about Old Crow Ranch, visit their website.
Progressive Forage Grower magazine recently published an article on harvesting forage safely by Dawna Cyr, farm safety project assistant, and Steven Johnson, Extension crops specialist.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, about the return of small farms. Despite the decline of the family farm over the years, Kersbergen says interest in farming is at a record high in Maine.
Anne Lichtenwalner, assistant professor and extension veterinarian at the University of Maine, spoke with the publication Bovine Veterinarian about the National Mastitis Council’s upcoming regional meeting in Portland, Maine. Lichtenwalner is also the 2013 NMC regional chairwoman.
Mark your calendars for the 2-day event to be held July 23-24 in Portland, Maine.
The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its upcoming regional meeting July 23-24, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Maine.
Along with networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities, this two-day conference will consist of educational seminars in addition to specialized, interactive short courses. Individuals will be able to select specific topics of interest to them.
“This year’s regional meeting is shaping up to be a fun-filled educational event, with a little something for everyone,” says Anne Lichtenwalner, the 2013 NMC regional program chair and extension veterinarian with the University of Maine. “Portland Maine is a great place for excellent food, sight-seeing and outdoor activities. It is home to both biotechnology and agriculture, and we plan to integrate all of the above into this summer’s meeting.”
Professionals with a vested interest in high quality milk production including, but not limited to, milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students are encouraged to attend.
To learn more about the NMC regional meeting contact the NMC office by e-mail at email@example.com or phone 608.848.4615. Registration for the courses is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
NMC is a not-for-profit professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC now has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For more information follow NMC on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NationalMastitisCouncil, Twitter at www.twitter.com/QualityMilk, on LinkedIn by searching for National Mastitis Council, or visit www.NMConline.org.