DEXTER, Maine — The Maine Grass Farmers Network will offer its first pasture walk of the season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the farm of W.R. Sherburne and Sons Inc., 33 Town Farm Road.
Fred Sherburne and his nephew, Shawn Sherburne, will host lead participants on a tour of their pasture system.
Once a confinement dairy, the farm is now an organic dairy using pasture to meet a majority of the nutritional needs of their cows during the grazing season. The men will share their stories of how they transitioned to a pasture system and what changes they have seen in their fields and cows.
The Sherburnes have been exploring new crops and markets, growing sunflowers for oil and meal, and participating in research with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on bread wheat production in an effort to discover new concepts and production practices.
Participants are reminded to wear washable boots for the pasture walk, as the farm implements biosecurity measures for all of its farm visits.
The Maine Grass Farmers Network works in cooperation with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Agriculture to provide education and marketing opportunities for producers of pasture-raised livestock.
For more information, and to see the schedule of future pasture walks, visit the website at http://umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn.