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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


1st Classroom Workshop in 2019:

Improving Existing Pastures and Establishing New Pasture


Monday, February 11th 2019

(snow date: Wed. Feb. 13th)

8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Training room at Farm Credit East
240 S Rd. Enfield, CT


Featured Speakers:
Richard Kersbergen from the University of Maine
 Kip Kolesinskas from the University of Connecticut
 Carl Majewski from the University of New Hampshire
Speaker Biographies


Snow dates will be utilized if necessary. Those who registered will receive an email by 5 pm the previous day.  Changes will also be posted  on  the homepage of our website.

New this year, Certificates of Participation will be given to those who meet the requirements, click here for more information 


Click here to register for the 2019 workshops




-Body Condition Scoring videos for beef cattle, goats, pigs and sheep filmed during the 2018 project workshops click here

-A great reference for those involved in sustainable agriculture. The website is powered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) 

-UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute

-Parasite control in small ruminants

-Montana State University Ration Formulation Program


Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture.


Upcoming 2019 Workshops:

All workshops will be held in the training room at Farm Credit East in Enfield, CT (240 S Rd.) from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm


- 1st Workshop - Mon. February 11th (snow date Wed. Feb. 13th)

Improving existing pastures and establishing new pasture

- 2nd workshop - Mon. March 11th (snow date Wed. Mar. 13th)

Properly managing your existing pasture

- 3rd workshop - Mon. April 29th

Nutritional management of pasture raised animals

-We have provided snow dates for winter workshops. In the event of change due to weather, all registered particiapnts will receive an email notification. Updates will also be posted on the homepage of our website

-Three field training workshops will be planned following the classroom workshops listed above

Click below for the 2019 programs

All 2019 SARE Classroom Workshops

Click below to register

Register here for any or all 2019 workshops

See the References & Links page to view the 2018 presentations 

Upcoming Agricultural Events

Meat Cutting Training Opportunity

Meat Cutting:Butchering Basics
January 21-25, 2019
9 am to 4 pm (EST) each day 

Click here for more information

Women in Ag Programs for 21st Century Farms and Ranches

Virtual Conference
January 29-31, 2019
12 noon to 4 pm (EST) each day 

Click here for more information