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Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality

December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Clover Springs Farm
234 Ragged Hill Rd
West Brookfield, MA

NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)


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 you’re pastures are healthy? And how can you tell whether the hay that you’re 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. He’ll cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology.

We’ll also interpret several different hay test results and view different samples of various hay types and qualities. You’ll 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.

Other Info:

This workshop is part of our Grass-Fed Cattle: Connecting Soil, Animal, and Pasture Health series.  Register for all three and save 15%. Check out the other upcoming workshops in this series:

Pre-registration for this workshop is recommended.  For more information contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at or 860-716-5122. 

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