UVM Extension Hosts October Bedded Pack Barn Workshops

Black and white Holstein cows laying down in a bedded pack floor in a hoop house barn.
Photo credit: Whitney Hull

UVM Extension and guest speaker Dr. Marcia Endres will present a free workshop on bedded pack barns for dairy and livestock producers on two dates in October. Dr. Endres, a University of Minnesota animal sciences professor, will discuss the benefits, challenges, and management best practices to consider when planning a bedded pack barn for milkers, dry cows and heifers.

She will be joined by Bob Thompson, who will share information about bedded pack management in Vermont, as well as financial support programs available to farmers. Thompson is the state conservation engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Vermont office.

Black and white Holstein cows laying down in a bedded pack floor in an open barn.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Stony Pond Farm, 336 Emch Rd., Fairfield VT.
  • October 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Deer Flats Farm, 1290 VT-30, Pawlet.

Preregistration is required. To register for either workshop, go to https://go.uvm.edu/beddedpackbarns. Attendance at the workshop fulfills NRCS’s bedded pack training requirement to apply for funding for bedded pack facilities.

The workshops are sponsored by University of Vermont Extension and the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Kelsie Meehan at (802) 656-4829 or kelsie.meehan@uvm.edu or Whitney Hull at (802) 656-7563 or whitney.hull@uvm.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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