This workshop helps producers plan how to integrate multiple livestock species into a whole farm system. While the primary focus of this farm is vegetable production, livestock make crucial contributions to the whole of the farm. This workshop willcover scale thresholds that make animal operations an appropriate size relative to labor input, market potential, and husbandry needs. Each species will be considered for its needs, its economic value, as well as its contribution to overall farm functioning. The presentation focuses on synergies between grazing animals (cattle and sheep) and grain-fed animals (chickens and pigs), using annual cover crops as forage, creating a farm budget, managing production, and scheduling slaughter dates. Marketing discussion will present combined approach to CSA, direct retail, farmers’ market, and restaurants.
Instructor: Dave Tepfer is co-owner of Simple Gifts Farm where he manages the livestock using a pasture-based system for 15 beefers, 30 sheep, 50 pigs, and 200 laying hens.
This workshop is one in a series of workshops on raising animals. To view additional offerings, click here.
Pre-registration is required unless arranged by phone with the organizer, Ben Grosscup, cell: 413-658-5374.
Cancellations will be honored and refunds issued (minus a 15% processing fee) with notice made within 10 days of the workshop. After that, you may designate someone else to attend in your stead, but refunds will not be available.