The Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council and its partners including USDA NRCS and county Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been working with farmers to improve their pasture management. Lush, productive pastures can both benefit the environment as well as increasing the profitability of the farmer. Healthy pastures sequester carbon, hold soil and nutrients in place, build organic matter, increase groundwater infiltration, and save energy by having the animal harvest its own forage. By grazing animals, farmers can reduce the amount of money spent on feed and veterinary bills. Grass-fed or pasture raised meats can also bring a premium price to the farmer.
The Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council provides assistance to livestock farmers through grazing workshops, farmer-to-farmer grazing groups (Grass Masters and Mohawk Valley Graziers), grazing plans, and on-farm technical assistance.
Several workshops are held throughout the year sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D. Please check our Events/News page for up to date information. To recieve email notifications of workshops, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grass Masters and Mohawk Valley Graziers
Are you a farmer looking to build your grazing management skills and network with other farmers? If so, please consider joining the Hudson Mohawk Grass Masters or Mohawk Valley Graziers. The Hudson Mohawk Grass Masters was started in 2009 by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council and meets bi-monthly, mainly on participants' farms. The Mohawk Valley Graziers was started in 2010 by the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District and Fulton Montgomery Cornell Cooperative Extension. Meetings are in the Fulton and Montgomery County area. Both programs are free to participate and all those interested in learning more about grazing are welcome to attend. Farmers meet for approximately 3 hours on a regular basis to share information with other graziers, learn about a particular topic relevant to raising animals on grass, and gain experience in whole farm planning. These programs are designed for both the novice and experienced grazier. Both groups are being funded in part by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Land Conservation Initiative. To receive notification about upcoming sessions please email email@example.com or check our News/Events page.
Technical Assistance and Grazing Plans
For those interested in receiving on farm individual technical assistance with pasture management, including a grazing plan for your farm, or holistic whole farm planning, please email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equine Pasture Management
The Council also educates horse owners about equine pasture management. If you would like someone to speak to your group about equine pasture management, please contact Elizabeth Marks at (518) 828-4385 x105. To learn more about pasture and environmental farm management, please view the educational DVD by clicking on the resource link to the right.
The DVD segments were planned and sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council, Inc. and appeared as part of the equine television show "Unbridled." Segment topics include: rotational grazing, the use of sacrifice areas, installing fencing for rotational grazing, soil nutrient management and testing, weed control and forage improvement, types of forage, protecting water quality, installing drainage improvements, and the nutritional benefits for horses of good pasture management.
The Council would like to thank: USDA NRCS NY Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative for providing funding, Kristin Elliot Leas for providing the cover photograph, our technical experts: Elizabeth Marks, USDA NRCS NY, Darrell Emmick, USDA NRCS NY, Corey Nellis, Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, Rob DeClue, Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mick Bessire, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Shana Bloomfield, Cargill Animal Nutrition, for contributing their expertise, and our farm owners who volunteered their time and farm for filming: Judy and Ed Orton of Meadow View Thoroughbreds Farm in Canajoharie, Dave and Jeannette Detrich of DavJen Farm in Nassau, and Suzanne and Jeff Voigt of 11 Acre Farm in Scotia.