Theme: The Art of Good Pasture Management – “It Really Works!”
Algoma District Services Administration Board Head Office
1 Collver Road Thessalon
Wednesday, March 9th from 10:00am – 3:00pm
$20.00 per person, includes lunch.
This years’ keynote speaker is Juan Alvez. Juan comes from a two – generation pasture – based family farm in Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced inter disciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, land use change, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological economics. His work addresses environmental, social and productive aspects of grazing farms, with emphasis on dairy management, ecosystems conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Vermont and New England. In his study, grasslands play a key role because they are complex ecosystems that sustain a vast array of functions and processes delivering benefits for supporting healthy environments and communities.
Allan Dales will kick off the day with a producer profile on the importance of pasture management. Bill Deen will explain the value of cover crops in a pasture.
Attendees will also be treated to the firsthand knowledge of Kevin Aitken, Mapleseed’s 2016 Beef Pasture Award Winner. Kevin will share the best management practices that have made his operation a prize winning farm.
For more information about the conference, please visit: http://ontarioforagecouncil.com/programs/profitable-pastures
Please register by March 4th to Christine O’Reilly, RAIN Research Technician