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Rutland, VT, 05701
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Champlain Valley Grazing Symposium



Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Bridport Community Hall

52 Middle Road , Bridport, Vt.

Cost: $20

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Download program information by clicking here.

Join us as we wrap up this year’s grazing season and think ahead to next year!

Come hear how planned grazing can be fun and profitable.

Troy Bishopp, a.k.a. “The Grass Whisperer”, is an accomplished grazier on his own farm in New York state, in addition to working with the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District/Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. Troy brings a holistic approach to grazing planning by helping farmers chart a course that pays attention to their personal goals as well as their profits.

Julie Smith, UVM Extension dairy specialist, will also be here to discuss how to manage and troubleshoot common herd health issues including Johne’s, BVD, and nutritional deficiencies. Julie’s focus is on biosecurity and preventive animal health management.

Hope to see you there! ~ Cheryl Cesario, UVM Extension, email:

AGENDA 9:30-10:00 a.m. - Registration, Coffee and Snacks

10:00 a.m. - The ‘How and Why’ of Planning plus an interactive discussion with Grazing Expert,Troy Bishopp

11:30 a.m. - When Pasture May Not Be Enough To Keep Herds Healthy: A troubleshooting approach, UVM Dairy Specialist, Julie Smith

12:15 p.m. - LUNCH - Enjoy a locally - sourced farm fresh lunch and visit with friends and neighbors

1:00 p.m. - Updates on local pasture improvement trials using no-till and annual forage crops, UVM Extension Crop, Soil & Pasture Team

1:30 p.m. - Troy Bishopp is back to wrap up the day with more on pasture management tips and techniques to think about for next season.

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