SESSION 2 August 12-13: Sanders, AZ/Nahata D’zhil 14R Ranch: A Grass Roots Approach: Assessing Your Resources and Developing a Plan. Learn how Holistic Planned Grazing works with existing biological processes, and how to develop your own customized grazing plan, along with evaluating land health, conducting a forage analysis and calculating animal days/acre (ADA). See management intensive grazing and learn about the Navajo Beef and Native Beef production and marketing programs at the 14R Ranch. Continue to refine your business plan.
Join the CCOF Foundation on September 15 from 10-11:30 Pacific Time for a webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms. Learn the basics of healthcare management for organic dairy herds, including both preventive health measures and methods allowed in organic production to treat sick animals. This webinar is ideal for those interested in transitioning to organic or current organic dairy producers looking to improve their healthcare practices.
Dr. Guy Jodarski, supervising veterinarian for Organic Valley, will share his expertise gained from working as a veterinarian for nearly 30 years, and CCOF-certified dairy farmer Shane Radelfinger will offer the practitioners’ perspective on organic herd health. Time will be reserved for questions from webinar participants.
CCOF Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit based in Santa Cruz, CA. We envision a world where organic is the norm. We advance organic agriculture for a healthy world through education and hardship grants, technical assistance, and consumer education. We are proud to build upon more than 40 years of CCOF’s commitment to growing organic. For more information, please see their website.
2016 Georgia Grazing School (see http://bit.ly/GrazingSchool2016) September 20 – 21, 2016 at the UGA Tifton Campus’s NESPAL building in Tifton, GA. This two-day workshop will focus on soil fertility, forage crop establishment, plant growth, animal nutrient requirements, and management-intensive grazing. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with farm visits. The first farm visit will be to the UGA Bull Evaluation Center for numerous hands-on learning opportunities and demonstrations. Then, the group will visit Deep Grass Graziers, a grassfed beef farm in Irwinville where intensive grazing management is being practiced. Participants will also get to hear from George Owens, a North Florida cattlemen who has successfully developed a silvopasture production system on his farm.
The goal of the Grazing School is to promote and demonstrate better grazing management techniques. Attached is a flyer for the Grazing School. We hope you’ll help us promote it.
SAVE THE DATE! Women Working in the Meat Business Conference
October 2 – October 4, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC
Women Working in the Meat Business is an intensive, two and a half day workshop specifically focused on bringing together women who raise, sell, butcher, and or prepare pasture-raised meat. In a focused, hands-on setting, courses are designed to help women tackle real and perceived barriers in their career by offering educational, technical, and business planning assistance while also providing opportunities to build and expand professional networks.
Sarah Blacklin, NC Choices’ Program Director states, “With training that spans from live animal handling for female producers led by NCSU’s April Schaeffer of Amazing Grazing, to hands-on butchery and meat marketing and development led by 3rd generation Master Butcher, Kari Underly, to in-depth cost analysis to assess profitability per animal; NC Choices’ Women Working in the Meat Business makes for a not-so-typical “classroom” workshop.”
More details about this event will be available soon on our website,www.ncchoices.com
SESSION 3 October 7-8: Shiprock: Financial Planning and Grass-fed/Local Marketing Options. Learn Holistic Financial Planning Principles and advanced grass-fed/local product marketing options and strategies. Join the Department of Natural Resources in Shiprock for onsite exercises and a tour of one of their land management units.
This is no ordinary conference! HMI invites you to beautiful Paicines Ranch in Paicines, California for our 2016 Gathering. Let’s grow together through a field day at the innovative ranch, fine dining, farm-fresh local foods and sessions on numerous sustainable topics that matter to you, making this an event you won’t forget.