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Grass Fed All Year Long

Strategies for Expanding Year-round Production of Local, Grass-fed Meat

From 2008 to 2011 the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island SARE PDP plan focused on increasing production of local meat in the region. The tri-state project worked to improve livestock producers' and agricultural service providers' knowledge and skills in the areas of forages and grazing, studied the relationship between local meat production and animal processing, and created a strategic plan to increase the production and availability of local meats.

After study and investigation of the farmers' expressed problem of a slaughter and processing infrastructure shortage, the project concluded that at least part of the problem is seasonal capacity rather than overall capacity. One recommendation of the strategic plan was to address some processing capacity shortages by promoting year round breeding of beef cattle that would result in year round slaughter and processing.

Year-round production of grass-fed beef will alleviate the fall slaughtering glut, provide producers and processors with a more consistent income flow, enable consumers to access fresh meat year-round, and potentially increase the total amount of meat grown in the region. The goal of this SARE PDP plan is to create a sustainable meat production system in New England.

The tri-state PDP program will educate service providers and fanners about the benefits of year-round, grass-fed meat production. Educational programs will be offered in each of the three states. Topics will include animal selection/breeding, seasonal nutrition for animals, environmental impacts of year-round production, facility design/maintenance, and alternative forage options.

Project Duration: 2011-2014


Tri-State Project P.I.s

Project Coordinator


Presentations

Levi Geyer Presentation on Selection of Dairy Breeds for Meat Production


Photos

Meat Cutting Workshop at Adams Farm 2012

WORKSHOP -- REGISTER NOW
June 22, 2017 Workshop Amherst MA

Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture - June 22, 2017

 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources Office
101 University Drive, 3rd floor Amherst, MA

PRESENTATIONS:

Michael Murphy, Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture 
after 1 January 2017

Valerie Koenig, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS
(Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
Kimberly A. Haling, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS

USDA Veterinary Services – An Exploration of What it Means to Safeguard Animal Agriculture

Laura Harthan, Feed Commodities International
Kirstin Quesnel, Elanco Dairy Portfolio Representative

VFDs in practice: What the Veterinary Feed Directive means for producers, feed mills, and veterinarians, and the pharmaceutical industry


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Contact: Jean King jean.king@uconn.edu


 


Next Workshop: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Rhode Island,
East Farm, Building 7
2163 Kingstown Rd. (Route 108) Kingston, RI

 



 


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


 
 
 

 

 

 


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