(Carlisle, PA) – Capital RC&D Grazing Advisors share over 90 years of experience managing pasture, grazing livestock, and educating. This experience is available to all interested farmers through Capital’s grazing advisor program and can be previewed by participating in two webinars that provide an overview of best practices, available resources, and balancing nutritional needs with pasture capacity. Both webinars will be presented by Capital RC&D Grazing Advisors with the first webinar, Grazing & Pasture Management in Pennsylvania will take place on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM and the second, Pasture – The Balancing Act, will follow on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM.
March 2, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Grazing & Pasture Management in Pennsylvania, Available Resources for Good Practices will be hosted by grazing advisors, Ann Basehore and Donna Foulk. This webinar is designed for the less experienced grazier and will provide an overview of key topics that graziers need to understand, like soil health, weed management, pasture management, animal health, stewardship practices, available educational or technical resources, and introduce the Capital RC&D Grazing Advisor program.
March 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Pasture – The Balancing Act will be hosted by grazing advisor, Titus Martin. This webinar provides more detailed information about assessing livestock nutritional needs and the capacity of available pastures. Discussion will also focus on methods available to minimize a forage or nutritional shortage.
Additional information about the webinars and the Capital RC&D Grazing Advisor program, including webinar registration, are available online at www.capitalrcd.org/grazingsupport, by emailing info@ capitalrcd.org, or by calling 717-241-4361.
The webinars are funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed grant and in collaboration with Stroud Water Research Center and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
(Carlisle, PA) – Using managed livestock grazing provides benefits for livestock, soil health, water quality, the farmer and the farm’s bottom line. Twenty-five years ago, grazing methods returned to popularity, but information was limited. There are considerably more resources available now, but it can be difficult to know what methods, infrastructure, and livestock options will work best in any one farm operation. Grazing Advisors through Capital RC&D’s Grazing Advisor program can help new and experienced farmers evaluate this information and implement practices to help graziers succeed.
Capital RC&D’s Grazing Advisor program started in 2008 with a focus to provide one-to-one technical advice to graziers throughout Pennsylvania, all at no cost to the farmer. Capital RC&D expanded the grazing advisor team in 2020 to include four advisors, including: Ann Basehore, Donna Foulk, Duane Hertzler, and Titus Martin. Together, they have over 90 years of experience in pasture management and grazing of dairy and beef herds, small ruminants, and equine. The advisors are available to work with graziers throughout the Susquehanna river watershed and can help with livestock, pasture and soil health, as well as infrastructure and record keeping. They can also provide support when transitioning from confinement or to more managed grazing systems.
Additional information about the grazing advisor program and the advisors is available on the Capital RC&D Grazing Support page at www.capitalrcd.org/grazingsupport, including a recent Capital RC&D Conservation Podcast episode, Capital RC&D Grazing Advisors, An Introduction to the Advisors Supporting Grazing in the Region.
Capital RC&D’s Grazing Advisor Program is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed grant and in collaboration with the Stroud Water Research Center and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Questions about the grazing advisor program can be directed to Susan Richards at Capital RC&D at 717-241-4361 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.