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During this workshop, a tour of the farm will take place and farm owners, Don and Heather Minto will give a lecture about pasture management and livestock grazing. This Pasture Walk at Historic New England's Watson Farm in Jamestown will be led by Don Minto, Farm Manager, who has been managing Red Devon Cattle and sheep on these Historic grasslands for well over 35 years. This discussion and tour will feature forage management practices that have evolved and been implemented on Watson Farm's extensive grasslands. Some topics that will likely be discussed are: The History of the "Grasses of Conanicut" Portable and Permanent Fences for Rotational Grazing Hay Making and Grazing in June Production of summer annuals for grazing, field renovation, and drought Cattle selection and management for 100% Grass Fed and Finished Beef Pasture Fertility Management with Foliar Fish Spray It's not a perfect world: The problem of forage degrading invasive plant species Developing forage streams for the grazing season Frost Seeding Legumes: Nitrogen fixation and improved palatable forage Developing Grazing Plans Watson Farm is a historical 265 acre property that has been utilized as farmland since 1789. The farm is operated by livestock professional, Don Minto and is maintained by the historic preservation society, Historic New England. The farm is home to 100-heritage breed Red Devon Cattle, pigs, sheep, as well as various types of poultry. This is a free event. Registration is a courtesy for our Host Farms. Last minute attendees are welcome. Please dress for the weather and check this site or nofari.org for potential cancellations. Photographs may be taken at this event to be used for NOFA RI promotional material and appear on our webpage.This event is funded with Southside Community Land Trust with a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher development program grant.
  • Start:July 14, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM
  • End:July 14, 2019 Time: 11:59 PM
  • Recurring
  • Where:Historic New England Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island, United States
  • Phone:N/A
  • Event Type: Business
  • Ticket Price:N/A
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