Profitable Grazing from the Soil Up
A Close Look at Opportunities for Your Grass-Fed Farm & Business
Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9-5
Friday, Sept. 25, 9-4
Space is Limited!
Sequatchie Cove Farm
Want to hone your skills to profitably produce high quality food and a quality lifestyle?
This workshop will assist you in honing the skills needed to produce high quality food and a quality lifestyle - profitably. Financial profitability and the improvement of the farm’s natural resources (soil, water, plants, wild-life, and culture) are the two essential factors of any agricultural enterprise. Producing high quality food takes whole farm management thinking; assessment of land capability, fertility, water, fencing, management, labor, types of animals, seasonality, what product to sell, where and to whom: In this workshop several leading experts will help bring this whole picture together. There is plenty of time set aside for
questions and answers for your farm in particular.
Allen William will speak on the state of the grass-fed beef business, what opportunities are at hand, and how to develop a business that best takes advantage of these opportunities. He'll discuss how to truly finish animals, how to assess which type of animal best fits your goals and enterprise, and how to develop holistic profitability.
Carolyn Hoagland will bring to us the latest in soil biological research, how bacteria communicate, and ideas on ‘waking’ them up. These will be interactive sessions so bring your best and worst dirt with you, as she will give you hands on ways to assess the texture and structure of our own soil. We will perform a slake test and texture analysis of soil samples brought from your own fields. Each lecture is designed to lead participants through an interpretation of the slake and texture exercises along with Q&A sessions about different management techniques to improve soil performance and fertilizer efficiency.
Greg Brann will deepen our thinking on how to manage our grass to bring about healthier soils and more profitable farms.
There will also be a brief fencing demonstration and a panel discussion on direct marketing meat in the South East.
About the Presenters:
Allen William holds a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics/Reproduction from Louisiana State University and an M.S. and B.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University. He is a founding partner and President of Livestock Management Consultants, LLC, a livestock industry consulting firm specializing in building natural branded food programs, facilitation of Values Based Value Chain management, and Ranch/Farm business planning. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family Farms (AFF).
Carolyn Hoagland is the Farm Manager at Sewanee, The University of the South. She holds a masters degree in Soil and Crop Science from Colorado State University and a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University. She has taught soil microbiology courses at the University of Wyoming and a Colorado State University. Hoagland's research focus is soil microbial ecology and how plant-microbe interactions contribute to the development of soil organic matter and soil fertility.
Greg Brann is a USDA/NRCS State of TN Grazing Specialist (Soil/Grass Connection). He has been a key player in assisting in the development grazing and grass management of literally hundreds of farms around the state.
Kelsey Keener represents Sequatchie Fence Company (Do's and Don’t of High Tensile Electric Fencing and Demonstration) and will demonstrate a few basics in fence building.
Panel Discussion – Lessons learned and opportunities available marketing Beef and other meat in the South East.
Harvested Here Food Hub – Future first steps of beef and other meats.
For directions to Sequatchie Cove Farm, click here. For attendees traveling out of town who may need overnight accomodations, or if you have other questions please contact Bill Keener of Sequatchie Cove Farm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-942-9201.
Space is limited. Spots are filling up fast. Register Now!
Sequatchie Cove Farm is partnering with the Harvested Here Food Hub and the Benwood Foundation to bring you this opportunity.