University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities


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

Project Team

  • Juan P. Alvez, Pasture Program Technical Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Mark Cannella, Farm Business Management Specialist, UVM Extension
    802-233-2389, ext. 207

  • Bob Parsons, Agricultural Business Management Specialist, UVM Extension, UVM College of Ag. & Life Sciences
  • Troy Bishopp, Regional Grazing Specialist, Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District


Conservation Innovation Grant, USDA NRCS


9/1/12 - 8/31/15

For more information:

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