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This project is designed to increase engagement of Cooperative Extension Personnel in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Departments of Agriculture, other state and local agencies, USDA agencies and NGOs, and farmers in the production, processing and marketing of natural locally grown meats and other products for consumers. From 2008 to 2011 project work focused on increasing production of local meat in the region. The tri-state project worked to improve livestock producers' and agricultural service providers' knowledge and skills in the areas of forages and grazing, studied the relationship between local meat production and animal processing, and created a strategic plan to increase the production and availability of local meats. In the recent three year plan (2011-2014) the project focused on Health Care for our Food Animals.

The 2017-2020 Tri-State SARE project, Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production, will focus on animal nutrition as it relates to health and well-being of animals, pasture management and nutrient management decisions/plans. Responses to our project needs assessment in January  helped us shape and determine the direction of the next three year project, through 2020. They identified several areas that show a significant need/desire for further education and training for agricultural service providers and for farmers. 

Workshop topics in 2018 will include: basic nutrition concepts, nutrient composition of feedstuffs and analysis/evaluation, development of a balanced diet, the relationship between nutrition and animal health/well-being, and animal evaluation using body condition scoring.

 

Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on nutrition and its direct link to the health and well-being of animals

 

Upcoming Workshops:

Friday, August 17th - 9 am-12 noon, UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, Hadley MA Click for Directions

Monday, September 10th - 9 am-12 noon, UConn Livestock Unit 1, Storrs, CT

Friday, October 12th - 1-4 pm, URI's Peckham Farm, Kingston, RI


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2018 SARE Classroom Workshops
2018 SARE Field Workshops

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Click below for a link to the 2018 presentations

-Basic animal nutrition concepts and their ties to animal health - 5/18/18 Workshop


-Sustainably feeding animals and using body condition scoring to evaulate animals - 6/21/18 workshop


-Animal health and diseases related to nutrition - 7/31/18 workshop

Joyce Meader
Katherine Petersson
Maria Hoffman

Upcoming Agricultural Events

Maximizing Income over Feed Costs in 2018

A forage based discussion group (all species welcome) will meet monthly at a different farm for a walk/topics review.

Contact Joyce Meader joyce.meader@uconn.edu  860-774-9600 x.17

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