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Upland Hay and Pasture Improvement to be Presented at Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm June 12

Burlington, VT – Ben Machin, Grace Bowmer and Sayre Palmer manage a flock of over 200 Tunis and Dorset Horn ewes on the steep slopes of Orange County, using a combination of owned and leased land for grazing and hay production. For the past four years, they have been focused on improving their hay and pasture land in order to accommodate more animal numbers with less purchased feed.

Guests will join Dan Hudson of UVM Extension, Jenn Colby of the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Tamarack crew to look at the results of wood ash, biosolids, and seeding clover on leased hay land, followed by a pasture walk at the home farm to see sheep and pasture management, assess the health of the landscape, check out the farm’s planned grazing chart, and share energy, soil and biological data collected during the project’s initial year. UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Joe Emenheiser will also join the discussion, lending perspectives from the animal science side.

The workshop is free, and registration is open at:

Location: Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm, 913 Young Rd., Corinth, VT 05039
Date & Time: Thursday, June 12, 5pm – 8pm
Cost: Free through support by a VT NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant

Participants who require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Cheryl Herrick at (802) 656-5459 by May 29, 2014 so we may assist you.

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