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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.

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Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices


Tuesday, July 31st
 9 am - 1 pm at Farm Credit East in Enfield, CT

Workshop Topic:   Animal health and diseases related to nutrition 


Joyce Meader

Joyce Meader, dairy and livestock educator at the University of Connecticut helps farmers, landowners, and towns make decisions by sharing University research results. Her job involves building construction, planting of crops to feed the animals, animal disease prevention, animal nutrition, and the interaction between farms and their surrounding environment. 

Dr. Katherine Petersson

Dr. Petersson is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Her research is on the characterization of gastrointestinal (GIN) nematodes and identification and evaluation of alternative anthelmintics for the control of GIN in small ruminants. She was a co-principal investigator of a project that sought to enhance productivity and profitability of organic livestock production by evaluation of the anthelmintic potential of numerous cultivars of birdsfoot trefoil. Currently, she is investigating the anti-parasitic efficacy of pelleted cranberry vine in controlling GIN in sheep and goats, has launched an online program for FAMACHA© certification and workshops to promote the use of the National Sheep Improvement Program and the generation of estimated breeding values for parasite resistance.

Dr. Maria Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Animal Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Hoffman's research focuses on evaluating how poor maternal nutrition during gestation can effect the DNA methylation patterns and development of the pancreas tissue of lambs. Additionally, Dr. Hoffman is working to understand how maternal programming during gestation can alter dairy calf health postnatally. Maria has raised sheep for over 15 years and has a flock of 40 sheep as well as cattle and feeder pigs.

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Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on nutrition and its direct link to the health and well-being of animals


Upcoming Workshops:

All classroom workshops held from 9 am to 1 pm in the training room at Farm Credit East, 240 S Rd. Enfield, CT

Tuesday, July 31st (classroom)

Enhancing animal health and well-being through nutrition 

Friday, August 17th - 9 am-12 noon, UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, Hadley MA Click for Directions

Monday, September 10th - 9 am-12 noon, UConn Livestock Unit 1, Storrs, CT

Friday, October 12th - 1-4 pm, URI's Peckham Farm, Kingston, RI

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2018 SARE Classroom Workshops
2018 SARE Field Workshops

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Click below for a link to the 2018 presentations

May 18th 2018 presentations
June 21st 2018 presentations

Upcoming Agricultural Events

Maximizing Income over Feed Costs in 2018

A forage based discussion group (all species welcome) will meet monthly at a different farm for a farm
walk/topics review.
Contact Joyce Meader
860-774-9600 x.17

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