Healthy Pasture Means Happy Animals

The Center's Pasture Program is here to help farmers who are seeking to get started on grass farming right, and experienced farmers looking to convert to or improve their grass-based operations..

Staff work with farmers and other partners to provide research, information (including our Pasture Calendar, and sign up for the email calendar), educational opportunities (including grazing workshops and the Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference), and technical support.

Help with Your Grazing Plan

Grazing Cows with a Wheel

Good grazing starts with observation and a good plan to keep all of the elements of your farm in balance, and then by accessing the tools available to help you develop a system that meets your goals.  Our Key Elements of a Grazing Plan page provides an outline to help you along the way.. 

Pasture Improvement Tools to Build Your Soil's Health

Goat

We strongly feel that most livestock farms could benefit from at least some level of pasturing.  This would reduce cost of production, help animal health, and  also improve the land.  we can find  a system to help every farm move towards more pasture-based production, even for those who may not be able to go to a full pasture-based system.

Click here for information and recommendations.

Pasture Information by Animal Species

Healthy Pasture Means Happy Animals

Are you looking for specific recommendations for your grass-based operation, or looking to learn more about what's involved in getting your animals onto pasture?  Take a look below for some of our recommendations and research regarding different livestock species.

Dairy Cattle

Dairy Cows on Grass

We know that supporting dairy farmers as they seek to protect both profitability and soil and water quality is key to a resilient farming future for Vermont.

Here we have gathered resources that may be of special use for those raising dairy cattle in Vermont, and hope you'll let us know if you have any questions or would like to know more.

Swine

Pigs on Pasture

The demand for pork from pigs raised humanely and on pasture, continues to grow.  The Center partnered with (NOFA & WHO) on the recent Vermont Swine Industry Development project.  Learn more here:

 

Beef Cattle

Grazing Belted Galloways

Sheep

Grazing Sheep

Long before Vermont was famous for its cows, we were a sheep farming state.  Today, we still have a vibrant industry of farmers raising sheep (and their near relatives, goats) spread out through the state.  Our Pasture Program team is glad to help you find out how to improve your grazing operations for small ruminants too.

Some helpful resources for you to browse on your own:

Horses

Grazing Horses

Vermont has many horse farmers who are seeking to make their operations more environmentally sustainable by improving their pasture management.  Though many equine operations are small (and therefore exempt from Vermont's Required Agricultural Practices), we are glad to work with you on a grazing plan for your horses in order to have healthy animals, healthy soil and clean water.

 

Interested in knowing more about the Center's work or do you have a question we haven't answered here? Contact us via email or  802-656-5459 and we'll do our best to help.

Woodcut of a farm with people gathering produce and cows grazing

Contact

  • Help with a plan for grazing your livestock:  Kimberly Hagen at  802-656-3834 or kimberly.hagen@uvm.edu

    General inquiries and potential partnerships: Jenn Colby at 802-535-7606 or jcolby@uvm.edu

    Pasture walks and other upcoming events: Colene Reed at colene.reed@uvm.edu

    Help with your Connecticut River watershed farm, including nutrient management and other water quality-related issues: Laura Johnson at laura.o.johnson@uvm.edu

    Research questions or ideas: Juan Alvez at 802-656-6116 or juan.alvez@uvm.edu

    Include pasture-related events in online or email Pasture Calendars: Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu
     

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Farmer Brent Beidler Talks about Grass Farming

Check out some of our latest findings & recommended practices over on the Pasture Program channel on YouTube.