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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.

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


Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices


Thursday, June 21st
 9 am - 1 pm at Farm Credit East in Enfield, CT

Workshop Topic:   Sustainably feeding animals and the use of body condition scoring to evaluate animals 


Nicole Burton

Nicole Burton, MS is a faculty member at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Nicole has over 20 years of farming experience with a focus on organic livestock and vegetable production. Since completing her masters degree in Sustainability Science, Nicole has focused solely on the development of innovative, science-based, sustainable animal husbandry curriculum at UMass. Currently, her experiential learning programming includes poultry and sheep rotations, organic vegetable production, carbon farming systems and on farm slaughter.  Nicole serves on several faculty committees and is an active member of the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative at the University.  Nicole also runs a small family farm at her home in Wendell, MA. 

Alicia Pedemonti

Alicia Pedemonti, MPH, grew up raising swine and other livestock on her family's farm in New Hampshire, which now involves her husband and young daughter as well. Alicia works for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food as a veterinary technician carrying out disease surveillance programs in livestock and poultry and works with law enforcement on animal cruelty investigations. Passionate about the swine industry, she serves as the part-time Executive Director for the Northeast Pork Association and sits on the board of directors for National Pork Board. Active within the agricultural community in New England, she serves countless organizations including NH Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Granite State FFA Alumni. 

Dr. Scott Morey, DVM

Dr. Scott Morey, is a licensed veterinarian in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2006 with a degree in Animal Science, he went on to attend veterinary school at Kansas State University. While there, he pursued his M.S. in animal science, specializing in dairy cattle nutrition. Before moving back to CT in 2014, he practiced at a progressive mixed-animal practice in north central Kansas. Once back, he began providing on-farm veterinary services before opening Fenton River Veterinary Hospital with his wife, Dr. Heidi Morey in 2015. Scott specializes in large animal medicine providing a variety of services to his clients.

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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

Thursday, June 21st (classroom)

Sustainably feeding animals and use of body condition scoring for evaulation.

Tuesday, July 31st (classroom)

Animal health and diseases related to nutrition.

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

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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2018 presentations

Upcoming Agricultural Events

NESARE Preproposals - Due July 10th

Preproposals are now being accpected for NESARE's Reasearch and Education, Professional Development, and Ressearch for Novel Approaches grant programs. More information can be found at:

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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