Project Grass is a cooperative effort by farmers and conservation districts with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Penn State Extension to improve agricultural productivity by promoting rotational grazing.
Several farmers have installed paddocks, at their own expense and through this program, to reduce overgrazing by livestock. Each operation is unique to its individual needs. Best Management Practices may include stabilized stream crossings, livestock water troughs with spring development, livestock walkways, paddock interior fencing, and/or stream bank fencing.
Dairy operators within the county have utilized rotational grazing successfully for several years. They are sharing their experiences with other farmers by arranging “Pasture Walks” which have generated quite a lot of interest prompting them to include neighboring county farms on the agenda. Horses and bovine animals are the most destructive to an undersized pasture, however, all producers can learn from these gatherings and apply practices that will compliment their operation.
Project Grass Objectives:
Enhance agriculture through better utilization of grasslands.
Improve the economic position of PA farmers, particularly those working small farms.
Increase the amount of livestock production in the Commonwealth.
Improve energy efficiency and develop improved marketing capabilities for hay and livestock.
Achieve better utilization of land and water resources for improved environmental quality.
Rotational grazing can be an environmentally sound method to eliminate unsightly bare pastures and at the same time save energy and expense by having livestock void waste over a larger area where hauling is not required. For more information on Project Grass, contact Lauren Barlow at #717-582-8988 ext. 3003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org at the District or visit the South Central Project Grass webpage at http://www.freewebs.com/scprojectgrass/.