Featured Expert : Kristine Carter, ODA District Veterinarian
This is a BONUS session for Oregon Pasture Network Ask the Expert Series. In this session, Kristine will focus on livestock evacuation and how to prepare and plan for yourself and your animals in advance of an emergency that requires you to evacuate. We will highlight what is required for evacuation, when to evacuate and the critical steps you need to take during evacuation. In the later part of this session, Kristine will discuss animal disease traceability and will highlight the requirements for official animal ID and when it is necessary to have the animal officially identified. Furthermore, we will discuss the types of official ID and what the regulations are moving towards.
This session is FREE for all.
Featured Expert : Dr. Shayan Ghajar
In this class with Dr. Shayan Ghajar, we’ll cover how to assess and manage the nutritional value of pasture for grazing animals. The class will include how to conduct and interpret forage nutritional tests; nutritional differences in forage species; how to fill nutritional shortfalls for grazing animals; and how to integrate some medicinal or health-promoting plants into your pasture.
Featured Expert : Rachel Suits, OSU
The pace and intensity of climate change has created hardship for farmers because of drought, fires and floods, affecting crop viability and economic success for small-scale, diversified farmers. There are both federal and state level loan forgiveness and grant programs available for farmers affected by climate change. This session will cover types of loans and grants that farmers can apply for and which programs might be better for your operation. We’ll also cover programs you can use to build more resilience into your farms.
Featured Expert : John Deck, Deck Family Farms
This class will cover rotational grazing techniques for a single farm, where multiple species of livestock graze, including pigs, beef, dairy, sheep, and chickens. We will focus on the challenges and opportunities that accompany managing all of these species on a single farm, including pasture renovation, re-seeding pastures, best practices for seasonal management, and implementing techniques to build soil fertility over time.
Featured Expert : Nate Parker, OSU
*This class is pre-recorded
In this class, we take a look into the science of how pasture-based feeding systems affect varying aspects of meat quality from animals raised on forage. Topics of discussion include carcass evaluation and grading, in addition to other important meat quality parameters, processing characteristics, shelf life and nutritive value.
Featured Expert : Dr. Ray Seidler, Retired EPA Scientist
Just in time for Earth Day, Dr. Ray will focus on a “101” style introduction to the idea/concept of carbon farming compensation for farmers, with a focus on what types of qualifications, challenges and benefits that farmers face. In the wake of heat domes, droughts and wildfires, there is an urgent need for farmers to not only diversify their income, but also implement best practices that help mitigate the impacts of climate change – by sequestering carbon in their soil supported by financial incentives.