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Welcome to Meat Systems

A professional development opportunity in grass-based meat systems for agricultural service providers and farmers provided by the Northeast SARE state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production

"Looking to learn more about sustainable livestock production practices? You've found the right place."

Plans for 2018 -- Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

The 2017-2020 Tri-State SARE project, Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production, will focus on animal nutrition as it relates to health and well-being of animals, pasture management and nutrient management decisions/plans.  Our workshops are based on your responses to our needs survey and input from our Project Advisory Group.  Workshops will be directed at livestock farmers and the agricultural service providers who work with them on Sustainable Livestock Production Practices.

Workshop topics in 2018 will include: basic nutrition concepts, nutrient composition of feedstuffs and analysis/evaluation, development of a balanced diet, the relationship between nutrition and animal health/well-being, and animal evaluation using body condition scoring. 

We will be announcing details for workshops soon through our email list and on this page.  Please contact me at any time with your ideas and questions.

We are looking forward to working with you.

Rachel Bespuda







Commercial dairy production and drug usage presentation by Craig Jones, Agri-Mark Presentation 4-22-16
June 30, 2016 FDA Fifth Biannual Progress Report on Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals


CT NOFA 2016 presentation-Antibiotic Stewardship and Health Care for Our Animals

Latest from 2017 Workshops


Dr. Michael Murphy, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, presented at our 2017 workshops.  The following are links to FDA materials

Fostering Stewardship​​​​​

Honey Bees and FDA regulations

FDA VFD Information

FDA Proposes Biomass Method to Obtain Animal Antimicrobial Sales and Distribution Data

New Agricultural Applications for Antimicrobials. A Danger to Human Health: An Official Position Statement of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Samuel L. Aitken, Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston;Thomas J. Dilworth, Department of
Pharmacy, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis, Milwaukee;  Emily L. Heil, Deprtment of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore;  Michael D. Nailor, Department of Pharmacy Services, Hartford Hospital, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut.;
PHARMACOTHERAPY Volume 36, Number 4, 2016

Report to the President on combating antibiotic resistance 

September 2014

by the President’s Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology (PCAST)

What Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug
Discovery Means for US, CT

June 7, 2016 WNPR Broadcast - link to live podcast