Seems like I may be stuck on the subject of new; whether it be technology that's come to the dairy barn, or in this case what's the latest in the pasture. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be hosting a pasture walk to showcase a birdsfoot trefoil study

The program will be held Thursday, May 25th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Ben Wood’s sheep farm located at 7353 Sanger Hill Rd. in Waterville. According to the USDA, the legume, as it is classified, has been used to fight erosion and forage for livestock and wildlife. In some cases producing more growth after July 1 that other similar plants.  But there may be an even better result from it's use.

Tatiana Stanton, small ruminant specialist at Cornell University, will be on hand to discuss some early results that indicate birdsfoot trefoil may have a "natural parasitic qualities used to combat challenging parasite loads in both sheep and goats."  You can read more about the birdsfoot trefoil in this USDA fact sheet.

It's free to attend, but reservations are required by Tuesday, May 23.  Make them by calling Oneida County Cooperative Extension at 315-736-3394 ext. 132.

SOURCE:  Cornell Cooperative Extension

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