Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Live instruction for 2023 has concluded. If you missed the live webinars, don't worry! The recordings are all posted in the weekly course content areas.
To access the webinars during our next live session in Winter 2024, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in the Weekly Resources section of this course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for the webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.
You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted along with the webinar link.
Week 1: Strategies for Expanding Grazing on the Farm
Topics covered: Introductions, goals for the course (both yours and mine); navigating in Moodle (our online classroom); Why graze? - the benefits of more grazing and becoming a better grazier. Presented by Brett Chedzoy- Cornell Cooperative Extension
Week 2: Grazing Infrastructure
Topics covered: Types and technologies; pros and cons of some common systems; do-it-yourself vs. contractor installed; sources of technical and financial assistance. Presented by Brian Reaser – Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Week 3: Livestock Health on Pasture
Topics covered: Nutritional requirements, behavior, health, and humane considerations; common problems and how to address them; optimizing the nutritional quality of your pastures. Presented by Kathy Soder – USDA ARS at University Park
Week 4: Grazing Beyond the Growing Season
Topics covered: Extended season grazing, Bale grazing; Outwintering; "Living Barns"; Protecting soils and other resources. Presented by Brett Chedzoy
Week 5: Improving Pasture Quality, Productivity and Profitability
Topics covered: Getting the best return from your pasture acreage through monitoring yields, calculating costs and returns. In addition, how to use annuals in your pastures to reduce risk of drought, repair soil damage or improve pasture yields. Presented by: Fay Benson; Cornell Cooperative Extension's SCNY Dairy Team
Week 6: Enhanced Grazing Systems
Topics covered: Some innovative approaches to grazing - silvopasturing, multi-species grazing, mob grazing, integrated agroforestry ventures. Presented by Brett Chedzoy
Guest presenters subject to change