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September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - September 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Dates: September 23 and 24th

Registration Deadline is September 16

Schedule: 8:00 – 4:00 both days

Location: Whallonsburg Grange, Reber Rock Farm and North Country Creamery

Cost:  $80 per farmer for 2 days.  This cost is available only to farmers actively farming in the Tri-County Area of Franklin, Clinton and Essex Counties.  Scholarships are available from Adirondack Harvest for those who are members. For those coming from outside the area, cost will be $820 total.  Space is limited and local farmers will be prioritized.


This Advanced Grazing Clinic is to assist Graziers in more effective use of pasture to achieve high production from their grazing livestock. Essential for this are the ability to assess pastures, calculate seasonal feed and supply needs of animals, and knowledge of soil-plant-water relationships. The clinic will provide Graziers with the necessary knowledge to affect positive change to their feeding systems, and therefore their farm/ranch profitability, resilience, and stewardship.

The clinic will support Graziers in their outcomes to:

  • Think analytically and critically and reason logically,
  • Respect and appreciate the particular ecology of their farm/ranch,
  • Recognise continuity and change in the biological experience of pasture/livestock production,
  • Become responsible contributing members to their professional, local, regional and national communities.



To increase and apply knowledge and understanding of Graziers to:

  • The ecological community in which grasses/legumes grow
  • Grass/legume growth and production
  • Nutrition basics
  • Assessing YOUR farm/ranch feeding system/s
  • Pasture quality assessment
  • Supply and demand
  • Feed budgets and water supply
  • Feed planning
  • Managing the Spring
  • Maintaining quality in Summer/Autumn
  • Winter grazing management
  • How quantity, quality and physical state of pastures affects Dry Matter Intake


Note: Upon the Deposit being paid registered participants will be sent an information package, which includes Homework – to be done before arriving at the Clinic.

Apply at essexfarminstitute@gmail.com and include the following information:

  • Your name, your farm name, location
  • Short description of your experience in rotational grazing relevant to this course.
  • Intention to attend September 12th refresher course (optional)
  • Current postal address (required)

****Information on how to pay the deposit will be sent to you upon review of your application.

Clinic Pre-Reqs:

It is assumed that Graziers attending this clinic have a solid grasp of:

  • Pasture quantity assessment
  • Feeding to animal bodyweight calculations – based on Food-on-Offer measurements
  • Setting up rotations
  • Calculating Carrying Capacity, Stock Density and Stocking Rates
  • Keeping Daily, Monthly, Seasonal and Annual grazing records of Pasture Fields/Camps
  • Weighing livestock/milk for ADG/Milk Production
  • Seasonal considerations
  • Primary and secondary farm/ranch objectives.

Refresher course available

Estimations & Ruminations: An overview of Calculating Pasture & Livestock Needs

For those who were not able to attend Dr. Turco’s introductory clinic in April, an abbreviated primer will be available for free by Ashlee Kleinhammer of North Country Creamery and Nathan Henderson of Reber Rock Farm.  It is highly recommended that you attend this primer prior to the Advanced Clinic.

Date: September 12th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Cost: Free


Facilitator: Dr. Marco Turco

With an education in agriculture, environmental science, agroecology and rural development, Marco Turco has over 30 years of teaching, research, and agricultural experience in the field of intensive livestock production. He has hands-on and academic experience in temperate to tropical agriculture, small farm to large farm systems, traditional to conventional farm management, and organic and synthetic approaches to grazing design and management. He teaches at the State University of New York (SUNY), and grazes Beef and Sheep on his own operation in New York State.


September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am
September 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm