Sheep and goat info offered to farmers

Farm owners thinking of adding sheep and goats to their livestock base are encouraged to attend a farmer education day on June 20 in East Meredith.
Sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, this full-day event will inform new and experienced sheep and goat owners of the nuances and benefits of co-grazing these pastured browsers successfully. Beef and dairy farmers will be interested to see the farm management and animal health benefits of species diversification put into practice.
The daylong program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a lunch of local food at Fable restaurant at noon. Participants will meet at Promised Land Farm in East Meredith at 10 a.m. Catharina Kessler, sole owner/operator, will share her experience producing grass-finished beef, lamb and wool products. Topics to be covered will include grazing with multiple species, raising dual-livestock and its dynamics, and the health benefits of grass-fed meat. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and clothing as the group will take a pasture walk of the farm while discussing co-grazing issues and concerns.
At noon, the group will move to Stone & Thistle Farm managed by Denise and Tom Warren. At noon, lunch sourced with farm-raised products will be served at Fable, Stone and Thistle’s on-site restaurant. The Warrens will share an overview of their farm, its operation and the marketing strategies they’ve applied to the farm store, restaurant, farmers’ market commitment and off-site product distribution. Stone & Thistle Farm has successfully branded an organic goat-milk yogurt under the Kortright Creek Creamery label.
The cost to attend the full-day event is $10 and includes lunch. To register, call Leslie Deysenroth at 607.865.7090.