Managing Small Ruminants on Pasture Field Day

Event Details

July 11, 2012
Gansvoort Farm: 1827 Route 9, Germantown, NY 12526
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This field day is appropriate to both goat and sheep farmers. Gansvoort Farm is operated by Jennifer Phillips using land management practices that encourage improved water and soil quality and enhanced forage biodiversity and productivity. Jennifer's flock of 60 grass fed Icelandic-cross ewes is pasture lambed while moving through a modified intensive grazing rotation on 60 acres of pasture. We'll strt out with a pasture walk where Jennifer will discuss 1) her general land management program, 2) how she handles pasture lambing and 3) the tools she uses for parasite management including alternating her beef cows and sheep in the pasture rotation, maintaining a diverse forage sward including chicory, and selecting against ewes who exhibit more difficulty with parasites. Jennifer markets 4 to 5 month old lambs directly off pasture in the fall as custom-cut lambs to consumers as well as whole USDA-slaughtered carcasses to butcher shops and restaurants. She will also discuss her markets for medium-grade wool and Icelandic pelts.

We'll then move to the barn where Cornell Goat & Sheep Extension Specialist, Tatiana Stanton, will share examples of practices that experience Northeast farmers have developed to reduce labor and expenses during the birthing season. We'll emphasize management considerations for successful pasture lambing and kidding.

Please wear clean clothes for biosecurity. Be preapred to wear booties (provided on site) or to walk through a foot bath. thank you for leaving your dogs at home.

CCE provides equal program and employment opportunities. For accommodations for special needs, call CCE Greene County, (518) 662-9820 ext. 0 or Registration fee is $5.

Sponsored by Conrell University Cooperative Extension, Cornell Coop. Ext. of Colombia/Greene Counties, Cornell Coop. Ext. of Dutchess Federal Formula Funds & Gansvoort Farm.

Gansvoort Farm is at the north end of the village of Clermont, town of Germantown, west side of Route 9.