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.
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.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering FAMACHA workshops this spring for sheep and goat producers interested in learning more about an internal parasite of small ruminants. The practical workshops will show producers how to determine the degree of infection from the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) by observing the blood color of the capillaries around the eyes of sheep or goats.
The workshops will be presented by two members of UMaine Extension’s sheep research team: Thomas Settlemire and Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet and record sheets. The workshop fee is $20 per farm.
The two-hour workshops are offered three times:
- Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon, at Northeast Livestock Expo on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Maine Fiber Frolic on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
- Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., MOFGA Farm & Homestead Day, Unity, Maine
Settlemire and Brzozowski are experienced in sheep production and applied research in breeding natural resistance to the barber pole worm. When sheep and goat producers learn the FAMACHA technique and apply it to their livestock, they are apt to have a more productive herd. They also save on deworming because of this targeted approach and select those animals for breeding that are resistant.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).
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.