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Pasture Walk and discussion set for June 8 in Cattaraugus

Anyone with an interest in learning more about improving and managing pastures, soil health and how to increase the yield and quality of pastures for grazing dairy, beef and other livestock, are encouraged to join Josh, Ashley and Jeffrey Bailey at 6896 Bailey Hill Road in Cattaraugus on Saturday, June 8 from noon to 2:30 p.m. for a Pasture Walk program.
A complimentary lunch provided by local agribusinesses the Bailey family work with.
The Bailey family milks 65 dairy cows on their hilltop farm and rotationally graze their dairy herd on native grasses and clovers, focusing on low cost and efficiency. They divide their pasture into smaller paddocks and provide fresh water through an above-ground water line, which feeds water tanks in the paddocks.
They welcome anyone interested to attend the pasture walk at their farm, where they will share their pasture management practices and look forward to the discussion and ideas from other grazers to help them continue to improve their grazing system.
Don Wild will help facilitate the discussion at this pasture walk. Wild owns Wild Acres Farm in Great Valley and raises multiple species of specialty livestock including chickens, turkeys, pigs and lambs, using
managed rotational grazing.
Wild is a forage specialist and dealer for King’s Agri-Seed, and works closely with local farms, sharing his expertise and passion for grazing. He emphasizes the systems approach with farms, including the grass forage, fencing, water and animals and assists farm owners and their families with ideas to help improve the management of their grazing program.
The Pasture Walk will begin with a complimentary light lunch at noon. The group will walk through the pasture starting at 12:30 p.m. discussing the farm’s recent soil analysis results and recommended soil amendments and forage species, a pasture forage analysis will be
shared to better understand the nutritional value of grasses and clover pasture to livestock and information will be offered to continue developing the fencing and water system to help meet the farm’s goals.
Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and questions throughout the pasture walk, which will conclude by 2:30 p.m. To maintain biosecurity, please wear footwear that can be easily disinfected at the farm or plastic boots that fit over your boots/shoes will be provided.
To accurately plan for lunch, reservations are appreciated by Thursday, June 6 by calling Tamara Bacho at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County at 699-2377 ext. 100
or tsb48@cornell.edu.
For more information on the pasture walk, please contact Lisa Kempisty, Dairy/Livestock Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-9502 ext. 203 or ljk4@cornell.edu, who is assisting in organizing and facilitating the program.
This informational on-farm program is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County, with financial support from “Farmland for a New Generation New York – in partnership with American Farmland Trust, and supported by the State of New York.”
For more information, visit Farmland for a New Generation New York at www.NYFarmlandFinder.org.

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