Grass-fed livestock health and pasture management

Heather Faubert, URI Cooperative Extension showing a Black Swallowwort seed pod.

Heather Faubert, URI Cooperative Extension, showing a Black Swallowwort seed pod.

A  field day for livestock producers was held at Windmist Farm in Jamestown, RI. Attendees learned about Best Management Practices for pasture and weed management as well as how to foster livestock health and minimize antibiotic use.

Speakers included Dennis Thibeault, DVM of Green Valley Vet Services, who described ways to minimize livestock antibiotic use. Katherine Petersson of URI Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science Department spoke on gastrointestinal (GIN) parasites with good pasture management. Eric Boettger of USDA NRCS Resource Conservationist spoke on pasture management and Carl Sawyer, URI Research Associate, identified pasture weeds and their management and risks to livestock. [Read more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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