University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Project

Energy savings through holistic planned grazing and management

Grazing Cows

Purchased feed and fuel costs are typically among the largest portions of livestock farming expenses. These costs are directly related to energy consumption in both on-farm use and transportation. Managed grazing provides an opportunity to reduce energy use and costs through reduced need for harvested feed, manure collection, effluent storage and application, and animal housing. Holistic planned grazing is one approach based around setting whole farm goals, and a method of making careful decisions to reduce energy costs significantly. Both on and off-farm energy demands contribute to farm sustainability and financial stability; farmers are in need of tools to support decision-making as they attempt to maximize production while minimizing energy use and expense.

Project Director

  • Jenn Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    802-656-0858
    jcolby@uvm.edu

Project Team

  • Juan P. Alvez, Pasture Program Technical Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
    802-656-6116
    jalvez@uvm.edu

  • Mark Cannella, Farm Business Management Specialist, UVM Extension
    802-233-2389, ext. 207
    mark.cannella@uvm.edu

  • Bob Parsons, Agricultural Business Management Specialist, UVM Extension, UVM College of Ag. & Life Sciences
    802-656-2109
    bob.parsons@uvm.edu
  • Troy Bishopp, Regional Grazing Specialist, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District

Funder:

Conservation Innovation Grant, USDA NRCS

Dates:

9/1/12 - 8/31/15

For more information:

Jenn Colby UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture(802) 656-0858