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.
Click herefor the schedule of events so you can plan your day in advance!
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, including:
Brad Mitchell, MA Farm Bureau The Carrot Project Michelle Pfannestiel, Dirigo Food Safety Jessie Deelo, Meat Industry Supply Chain Expert Roslyn Price, Websites and Online Market Diana Rodgers, Nutritionist Labelling Claim Panel Discussion Restaurant Sales Panel Discussion
Track 3: Birds We'll discuss everything from the basics of raising backyard birds for eggs to the advanced topics of large-scale broiler production. 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. Our speaker line-up includes:
Chuck Currie, Freedom Food Farm Jon Previant, Heritage breed specialist Jennifer Hashley, Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds
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. Our speakers are:
Kevin Woolham, Grassfed Beef Farmer Morgan Hartman, Specialist in Cattle Genetics
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. Our speakers include:
Pete Solis, Hampshire College Director, researching pastured pigs and soil fertility Annie Starbard, farmer, author & dairy goat specialist Chuck Currie, Freedom Food Farm Geoff Kinder, Round the Bend Farm, Goatscaping Specialist Hannah Wylie, Round the Bend Farm, Goatscaping Specialist
Track 6: Sheep Interested in raising sheep? We'll have sheep veteran Maria Hoffman and URI professor here to discuss the basics along with more advanced principles of raising sheep.
Track 7: 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 two industry leaders:
Track 8: 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!
Dr. Christine Worthington, pasture management Dave Llewlyn, Glynwood researcher on soil health and climate resilience Pat McNiff, Pat's Pastured and experienced LEAN farmer