The winter forage conference series sponsored by the VFGC will held in Chatham at the ODAC on Wednesday, January 22nd!
Registration is $50 and includes lunch and materials. VFGC is bringing in two of the best speakers in the eastern US for the event.
You can register quick and easy online at https://vaforages.org/2020-winter-forage-conferences/, or print & mail the Reg Form.
*Kevin Yon will be sharing his story of how he started with 100 head of Angus females in 1996 and now they have grown to 1,200 head of registered brood cows and 590 commercial cows and how their operation supports his family who all work on the farm.
*Dr. Dan Undersander, Professor Emeritus from University of Wisconsin, with over 40 years working in the industry, who is known internationally for his expertise in making quality hay, baleage and silage as well as modifying and adjusting equipment to optimize the forage harvesting process will be here to talk about making quality hay and balege in support of your grazing system.
University of Wisconsin will be hosting a small ruminant webinar on January 15 from 7:30 to 9 pm. The speaker is Dr. Dan Morrical, retired Sheep Extension Specialist from Iowa State University and now nutrition consultant with Premier 1 Supplies. Dr. Morrical will speak on late gestation nutrition.
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January 14: Planning Ahead for Farm Camps for Kids
Presenters Samantha Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC and Ana Skemp of Deep Roots Community Farm in WI will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons learned they have experienced from their years running successful on-farm camps. Register
January 28: Hosting a Farm School for Adults
Offering intensive classes and conferences can be a great way to build capacity in other producers and share your wealth of knowledge. Our presenters are Karen Kopf of Kopf Canyon Ranch and Paul Dorrance of Pastured Providence Farmstead. Register
February 4: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Soil & Plants (Part 1)
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3-part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the soil and plant perspective. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register
February 18: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Livestock (Part 2)
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 2 of a 3-part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the livestock perspective. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register
March 3: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Graziers’ Toolbox (Part 3)
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 3 of a 3-part series on strategies for pasture management. This session will discuss tools and strategies for pasture improvement. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register
March 12: Pig-Poultry Rotational Grazing
Back by popular demand, Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will be with us to discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Register
March 18: Livestock Compass – A Profit Management Tool for Producers
Join us to learn about Livestock Compass, a spreadsheet tool that helps livestock producers measure profitability and identify ways to improve financial outcomes. Our presenters are John Hendrickson of the U. of Wisconsin and grassfed beef producer Jim Munsch. Register
March 25: Trees for Livestock Food and Medicine
Join us to learn about the medicinal and feed values these trees can offer ruminant livestock, and methods for managing them on your landscape. Our presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. He is also an agroforestry extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program. Register
Hay Producer List for Winter: (11/20/19)
Bill Murray (Virgilina) 434-222-8656
Ricky Pool (South Boston) 434-579-4056
James Edmunds (SoBo) 434-222-5554
Karl Hess (Scottsburg) 717-989-8365
Southern States – Chatham: 434 432-4201 (arrangements already made with broker)
Rebekah J. Slabach
ANR Extension Agent | Halifax County
171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA 24558
Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777
I received a call from a nice, older gentleman in Ridgeway that needs our help. He has between 45 to 50 Boer goats ranging in age from kids to 4 years old he needs to sell. He is 80 years old, had a stroke and now is blind he can no longer tend to these animals.
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His number is 276 956 2397. He can not see answering machine buttons anymore so he is going to have his sister call me as she is his power of attorney and caregiver now.