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Participants Needed for Pasture Study

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Joyce Meader and Rachel Freund at Freund’s Farm in East Canaan.

Steep land with rock outcroppings is not appropriate for tilled crops and machinery. These farms are using fencing and paddock rotation to feed their livestock efficiently. With proper fertilization, and liming, forage quality and density can be improved. But adequate grazing pressure is necessary to reduce wasted forage as the animals trample and pee and poop across their dinner plate. Following last summer’s sampling which found 82% average utilization of the pasture forage on thirteen farms, UConn Extension summer intern, Holly Lewis will visit additional farms to encourage farms to analyze the forage quality as well as measure pasture quantity consumed. Interested participants can email at Holly.Lewis@uconn.edu for May-July study visits. Rations will be evaluated by UConn Extension Dairy/Livestock educator, Joyce Meader.