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Managing Pasture, Haylage, and Marketing of Holstein Beef at Snug Valley Farm

824 Pumpkin Lane
East Hardwick, VT

On the other side of the spectrum from Wagyu cattle, Holsteins are clearly the most common breed of cattle in Vermont, and bull calves are an inevitable byproduct of the dairy industry. The Nottermans take this abundant local 'byproduct' and add value to it in a grass-fed system. As with many Vermont farms maintaining an adequate pasture base is a challenge, and hybrid pasture/hay program is necessary to finish 30 steers per year. In addition to grass-fed Holstein beef, Snug Valley Farm also produces pork, firewood, and pumpkins. At this event we will focus on:
• the relationship between pasture management, productivity, diversity, and yield
• improving pasture yield and quality
• high-quality haylage production and how it fits into grass-finishing systems
• characteristics of Holstein carcasses and meat relative to beef breeds
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Cheryl Herrick, (802) 656-5459, know by June 12, 2014 so we may assist you.

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