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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


Friday, August 17th
 9 am - 12 pm at UMass Amherst Hadley Farm
111 North Maple St. Hadley, MA

Workshop Topic:   Join us as we discuss and view the concepts we have learned in the classroom this year. The following topics will be covered during the workshop: 

-Pasture walk and tour showing pasture rotation allowing for control/reduction of parasite activity in sheep and goats
-Discussion and demonstration of the fecal methods employed to test animals for parasitic activity
-FAMACHA scoring
-Body Condition Scoring of goats

Workshop will be held rain or shine, please dress accordingly. Upon arriving, please meet in the classroom for a short welcome and introduction. Everyone is welcome to register and join us, even if you weren't able to attend the classroom workshops. 


Click here to register for any or all of the workshops

Click here for the links to the 2018 classroom presentations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          



-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


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:

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

Click below for the programs

2018 SARE Classroom Workshops
2018 SARE Field Workshops

Click below to register

Register here for any or all workshops

Click below for a link to the 2018 presentations

-Basic animal nutrition concepts and their ties to animal health - 5/18/18 Workshop

-Sustainably feeding animals and using body condition scoring to evaulate animals - 6/21/18 workshop

-Animal health and diseases related to nutrition - 7/31/18 workshop

Joyce Meader
Katherine Petersson
Maria Hoffman

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 walk/topics review.

Contact Joyce Meader  860-774-9600 x.17