The second Southern New England Livestock Conference will be held at the Bristol County Agriculture High School in Dighton, MA, on January 28, 2018. Conference runs 8am - 4pm! Purchase tickets here.
2018 Keynote Speaker is Andrew Gunther! Andrew is Executive Director of A Greener World, home of America's leading food labels: Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. For nearly a decade Andrew has spearheaded the unprecedented growth of AGW's flagship certification. Animal Welfare Approved, and its distinction as the only "highly meaningful" food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability as designated by Consumer Reports. From an agricultural background in the United Kingdom, Andrew and his family pioneered the world's first organic poultry hatchery for chickens. Andrew is a member of the U.S. delegation for development of standards related to ISO/TC 034/WG 16.
We will be running EIGHT different tracks for the 2018 Conference! Attendees can attend talks from any track; the hard part will be having to choose.
Tracks 1 & 2: Marketing Guest speakers will go over a range of topics from discussing lender's needs, online marketing, selling to restaurants, meat supply chain gaps, labels and certifications, and more! Our guest speakers include industry experts who will provide sound advice based on their vast experience.
Track 3: Birds We'll discuss everything from the basics of raising birds for eggs to the advanced topics of large-scale broiler production and running a meat CSA. We also have a talk on raising heritage breed birds. This track is for anyone curious about adding birds to their plan, or enhancing their current production.
Track 4: Beef Local experienced farmers will discuss the basics of raising cattle, the nuances of raising pastured based animals, and the keys to conventional methods that lead to high quality meat.
Track 5: Pigs & Goats This track will have talks on raising pigs on pasture, the basics of raising hogs, and a fascinating talk on running a successful goat dairy by a former leader in the field.
Track 6: Sheep Interested in raising sheep? We'll have a sheep veteran and URI professor here to discuss the basics along with more advanced principles of raising sheep.
Track 7: Growing Pasture It is said that grass-based livestock producers are truly forage farmers. In this track, talks will focus on soil health for climate resistance, LEAN farming practices, growing quality forages. Come ready to learn from some of the best!
Track 8: Butchering We will have two experience butchers here to show us some alternative meat cuts and a full breakdown of a lamb. Come ready to see how its done from industry leaders.