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Saturday, January 21 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Alternative Barnyards: Woodchip Pad Wintering Systems

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Woodchip heavy-use areas (aka ‘woodchip pads’) use a designed drainage system and large, screened woodchips as a surface material instead of concrete.  These alternative systems could be a potential solution for small-scale livestock producers in our region wanting to protect pastures during sensitive times of the year, save on construction costs, and improve animal performance, while also reducing environmental impact to water quality.  We are actively studying these systems, and have worked with university and research farms to construct several in the Northeast over the past few years.  This session will discuss their design, as well as some of our research findings, observations, and thoughts on future study.   

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Joshua Faulkner

Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua works as the Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator for the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  In this position, his primary goal is to help address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture. His experience lies in agricultural hydrology and the processes by which agricultural systems impact water quality and the surrounding environment. He obtained a BS in Biological Systems Engineering from... Read More →

Saturday January 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Captain's Room

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