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Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing
Description: How can you improve your pastures and soils while also increasing the size of your herd? Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating large herds through fenced off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat more tender grass, gain more weight faster, AND sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. But to accomplish these goals requires a well-designed plan. In this workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach us how he manages his pastures through rotational grazing. Hell explain how to know the stocking capacity of your pastures and how to rotate your animals through those pastures. Matt will take us out onto his pastures to discuss the growth cycles of pasture plants and discuss their relationships with cattle nutrition. This workshop will also include a tour of Matts certified-organic grass-fed beef farm and livestock facilities. About the Instructor: Matthew Koziol the farmer at Clover Spring Farm, where he raises 150 high quality Devon and Devon/Angus cattle. All of his animals are 100% organic and grass-fed. Read more about Clover Springs Farm here. To Join Nofa/Mass goto www.nofamass.org/membership

When: Sep 18, 2016 1pm to Sep 18, 2016 4pm in West Brookfield, MA
Cost: 35 - 45 USD

Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

Event postponed until Sunday October 16th Description: Are you interested in or already raising grass-fed cattle? Come learn with organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol! Matt will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer. Matt will take us out into the pastures to demonstrate a live cattle round-up with a focus on proper technique and efficiency. Hell also show the inner workings of his cattle handling facility, covering when and why farmers need to handle livestock. There will be plenty of time for questions about his certified organic 100% grass-fed beef business. About the Instructor: Matthew Koziol is the farmer at Clover Spring Farm, where he raises 150 high quality Devon and Devon/Angus cattle. All of his animals are 100% organic and grass-fed. Read more about Clover Springs Farm here. This workshop is part of our Grass-Fed Cattle: Connecting Soil, Animal, and Pasture Health series. Check out the other upcoming workshops in this series: To Join Nofa/Mass goto www.nofamass.org/membership

When: Oct 16, 2016 1pm to Oct 16, 2016 4pm in West Brookfield, MA
Cost: 35 - 114.25 USD

Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality

Description: The health of ruminant animals is directly connected to the health of the pastures on which they graze and the supplemental hay they eat. But how do you know whether youre pastures are healthy? And how can you tell whether the hay that youre buying is of high quality? In this workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach us how to read our pastures and the quality of our feed hay. Matt will walk us through how to take, interpret, and implement pasture soil tests to ensure we are making wise economic and ecological choices for our pastures. Hell cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology. Well also interpret several different hay test results and view different samples of various hay types and qualities. Youll walk away from this workshop confident in making better decisions for your pastures and your animals. There will also be time to discuss other aspects of running a 100% grass-fed beef farm. About the Instructor: Matthew Koziol the farmer at Clover Spring Farm, where he raises 150 high quality Devon and Devon/Angus cattle. All of his animals are 100% organic and grass-fed. Read more about Clover Springs Farm here. To Join Nofa/Mass goto www.nofamass.org/membership

When: Dec 4, 2016 1pm to Dec 4, 2016 4pm in West Brookfield, MA
Cost: 35 - 45 USD

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About West Brookfield, MA
The Town of West Brookfield Massachusetts was founded in 1848 and is located in Worcester County.

West Brookfield was the birthplace of Lucy Stone who was an anti slavery and woman’s rights activist as well as being the first woman to keep her own name after marriage. Stone died in Dorchester Massachusetts in 1893 her last words were spoken to her daughter were “make the world better”!!

Today the town is a rural bedroom community.