Managed Rotational Grazing in Wetland Area

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $4,650.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $5,687.00
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Hannah Sessions
Blue Ledge Farm


  • Agronomic: general hay and forage crops, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: poultry, goats, swine, sheep


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, parasite control, grazing - continuous, free-range, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, range improvement, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: wetlands
  • Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: soil analysis

    Proposal summary:

    Land prone to spring flooding often stays moist throughout the summer; it can be fertile but difficult to use. The farmer will establish managed grazing on a test field with a three-species rotation of goats, sheep and chickens. She will monitor any health problems, specifically hoof problems, and record the number of days the wetland is grazed during the season.

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