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Saturday, January 21 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Climb it Change: Trees and Shrubs as Vertical Forage Systems for Goats

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Do your part in the mitigation of global warming, soil erosion, and water imbalances by introducing, using, and managing woody perennials in your world of forage production for goats.  Call it agroforestry, silvopasture, cut-and-carry, or extensive grazing, you can add fast growing trees and shrubs to feed an animal species that has evolved to eat a largely arboreal diet.  Starting with some pasture basics, we will go vertical and share experiences and ideas for forage species, rotations, and potential dry matter production levels.

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Carol Delaney

Carol Delaney Consulting
Carol Delaney, Carol Delaney Consulting, remains steeped in the study of small ruminants long after her tenure as Small Ruminant Dairy specialist from 1998 to 2008 with UVM Extension. She published A guide to starting a commercial goat dairy in 2012 and co-wrote a chapter on goat management with Ann Starbard in the Dairy Goat Handbook published by Langston University in 2016. Her current PhD thesis will examine the optimum dietary fiber level... Read More →
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Ann Starband

Crystal Brook Goat Dairy
Ann Starbard, Crystal Brook Goat Dairy, has set up and then run her commercial goat dairy for almost 20 years in Sterling, Massachusetts. She has favored grasses and browsing plants to round out her goats’ rations in the growing season. In 2016, her book, The Dairy Goat Handbook, was published to capture and share her hard-earned knowledge of managing goats and a cheese business.

Saturday January 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lakeside West

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