Goat Tasting and Twilight Meeting at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center
Updated: August 15, 2022

Beef Producers

Maryland Beef Webinar Series: 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Date: Monthly on the second Tuesday
Time:  7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  |  Location: Virtual
Cost: Free (registration is required)
Contact: Sarah Potts

Sept. 13 Spring Stocker Cattle Recap: Successes and Lessons Learned
During this session, we will discuss tips for stocker cattle management.
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Oct. 11 Utilizing Crop Residue as a Forage Source
During this session, we will discuss the utilization of crop residue to extend your forage supply.
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Nov. 8 Benchmarking for Success
During this session, we will discuss what benchmarks are and how they can be used to help you meet your goals.
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Dec. 13 Wintering Bulls & Cows
During this session, we will discuss tips and considerations for managing cows and bulls through the winter.
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Horses

Equine educational programs are offered throughout the year. They are primarily focused on pasture management and equine nutrition. 

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Poultry

Poultry educational programs are offered throughout the year.

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Forage

Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm
Date: August 25, 2022 | Thursday
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  | Cost: Free (registration is required)
Location: Sines Family Farm, 2336 Friendsville-Addison Rd, Friendsville, MD 21531
Description: Join the University of Maryland Extension, NRCS, and the Sines family for an educational field day at Sines Family Farm in Friendsville, MD. The Sines raise registered Angus cattle and will discuss grazing management and strategies they use to get the most out of their pasture.

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Pasture Walk at Kefauver Farms 
Date: September 22, 2022 | Thursday
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  | Cost: Free (registration is required)
Location: Kefauver Farms, 11845 Rocky Meadow Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722
Description: Join the University of Maryland Extension, NRCS, and the Kefauver family for an educational field day focused on multi-species grazing at Kefauver Farms in Clear Spring, MD. The Kefauver's raise sheep and cattle and will discuss some of the benefits of multi-species grazing and the strategies they are using to manage these animals successfully while maximizing forage utilization and working to extend the grazing season.

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Maryland Grazing School
Date: September 29, 2022 & September 30, 2022 | Thursday & Friday
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Cost: Early Bird $125.00 (discount price ends on Sept. 14th); Regular $150.00
Location: Rocklands Farm, 14531 Montevideo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
Description: Designed with producer interests in mind, this 2-day grazing school will offer a more in-depth education on pasture and grazing management. Come learn everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm! Topics include: Forage identification and selection, Assessing and monitoring pasture health, Methods for measuring forage yield, Principles of pasture management, Pasture allocation (grazer's math), Fencing and watering options, Strategies to extend the grazing season, Managing for soil health and fertility, Matching forage quality with animal needs, Designing a rotational grazing system. This course features multiple hands-on exercises to provide you with opportunities to work with grazing tools and fencing materials. Enrollment is limited to 30 people to keep the group small and allow for more interaction and networking opportunities. You will also have an opportunity to sit down with an instructor to begin developing a customized grazing plan for your farm. The event runs from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. Lunch will be provided each day, as well as dinner on Thursday evening. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors, so be sure to plan ahead and dress accordingly. This event is brought to you by University of Maryland Extension, the Maryland-Delaware Forage Council, Maryland Grazers Network, and NE SARE. Thank you to our event partners!

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Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
Date: October 12, 2022 | Wednesday
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Cost: Free (registration is required)
Location: Fiddlers Folly Farm, 195 Fiddlers Hill Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037
Description: Join the University of Maryland Extension, NRCS, and Amy Posey for an educational field day focused on equine pasture renovation at Fiddlers Folly Farm, MD. Come learn how Fiddlers Folly Farm is working to improve their pastures through a combination of good grazing management and pasture renovation.

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Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
Date: October 20, 2022 & October 21, 2022 | Thursday & Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Cost: 2-day Workshop $150.00; One day $100.00 (purchase ticket for either Thursday or Friday)
Location: University of Maryland - Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756
Description: This advanced grazing workshop is designed for producers looking to transform their operation into a profitable business with less work and stress. Workshop attendees will dive deeper into the principles behind farm economics and increasing farm profitability, giving you the tools and insights you need to improve your business.

  • Day 1 (Oct 20th): Three Secrets for Increasing Profits
    • Project profit or loss using the RFP 7-step profit planning model
    • Use benchmarks to identify your profit drivers and find your "dead wood"
    • Transform your farm into a successful family business that makes more profit and requires less work!
  • Day 2 (Oct 21st): Hard Work and Harmony
    • Get everyone in your business on the same page
    • Turn expectations into agreements
    • Hold family members accountable in the business without hard feelings at home
    • Create a succession plan ensuring there is a "happily ever after" for your family

This 2-day advanced workshop will be taught by Dave Pratt, one of the experts on the Ranching for Profit team. Dave Pratt has helped thousands of farm families build happier, healthier lives and improve the health and productivity of millions of acres and has taught thousands of producers across the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Africa to help them transform their farms and ranches into sustainable.

The workshop will feature a small group approach with team and class discussions, case studies, videos, constant interaction, and direct application to the participants’ own situation to make for a fun and effective learning environment.

The event runs from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. Lunch will be provided each day.

This event is brought to you by University of Maryland Extension, the Maryland-Delaware Forage Council, Maryland Grazers Network, and NE SARE. Thank you to our event partners!

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Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
Date: November 17, 2022 | Thursday
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Cost: Free (registration is required)
Location: University of Maryland Beef Demonstration Site, 12005 Homewood Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Note: Currently the site does not have a street address. The address listed (12005 Homewood Rd, Ellicott City, MD) is for the Home and Garden Information Center. From there, continue straight down Homewood Rd. approximately 0.5 miles to the first driveway on your right. Look for signs to guide you in the right direction.)
Description: Join the University of Maryland Extension and NRCS at the new Beef Teaching and Demonstration Site and learn how to be successful in utilizing corn stalks and cover crops as a forage source for livestock during the winter months.

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Virtual Forage Conference: Jan. 25 & 27, 2022 (recordings available)

Date: January 25 & 27, 2022  |  Tuesday & Thursday
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  |  Location:  Online
Contact: Amanda Grev |  Region: Statewide
Description: The 2022 Maryland-Delaware Forage Conferences will be offered in virtually. The virtual sessions will follow the same format as last year and will take place over two partial days on January 25th and January 27th starting at 9 AM each morning. Certified crop advisor, nutrient management, and private pesticide applicator credits will be offered.

Recordings