Innovative Livestock Systems II

Innovative Livestock Systems II

Innovative Livestock Systems II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Individual presentations from the Innovative Livestock Systems II session were:

I. Livestock Mentoring

To increase the viability of Northeast livestock operations, this team of nonprofit and Extension partners provided new tools and mentoring opportunities. Four courses on soil health, pasture management, livestock care and marketing attracted a wide audience. 
Lisa McCrory, Northeast Organic Farming Association-Vermont

 II. Silvopasture Opportunities with Hogs

Learn more about the benefits of combining hogs with timber, such as more flavorful pork, better nutrition (unsaturated to saturated fatty acid ratios) and improved hardwood stands thanks to hogs reducing softwood competition and understory vegetation. 
Chuck Talbott, Black Oak Hollow Farm, Point Pleasant, W.V.

 III. Hair Sheep Partnership

A group of Virginia producers have created a buzz about lamb through annual hair sheep fairs and even attracted the attention of their local congressman and a food distributor. Join the group as it discusses ways to meet a new commitment to produce 10,000 lambs per year for stores. 
Martha Mewbourne, Scott County (Va.) Hair Sheep Association

This session was part of the national SARE conference A Midwest Homecoming, held August 15-17, 2006 in Oconomowoc, Wisc.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.