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Dr. Gary Kleppel is a biologist who studies how domesticated animals can be used to improve damaged ecosystems.  <i>Marie Cusick / WMHT</i>
Dr. Gary Kleppel is a biologist who studies how domesticated animals can be used to improve damaged ecosystems. Marie Cusick / WMHT

A shepherd's flock tackles nature's toughest plants

Sheep - and cows and other livestock - can munch through a field in no time. In the process, they can upend the natural distribution of plants in the area.

With the right shepherd, though, it turns out that sheep can bring balance to an ecosystem by eating invasive plants, and do the job of a lawnmower, or an herbicide, without the pollution.

WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Grazers Gather to Share Success Stories

When people think of dairy country, most imagine cows placidly munching on grass in a green field. In fact, only 15% of New York's dairy farms send their cows out to pasture regularly. Instead, most dairy cows live in barns. The farmer brings their food in and trucks their manure out. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack North Country Association want to encourage more farmers to embrace a specific kind of pasturing called rotational grazing. They're organizing a workshop and farm tour Wednesday in Madrid. Participants will visit Bob Zufall's farm in Waddington. He milks 50 cows, and pastures them on more than 300 acres of land, much of it green with native grasses, like orchard grass and white clover. He sets the cows to pasture inside moveable fences on one acre plots. After every milking he moves the fences. Zufall spoke with David Sommerstein. He says he moved to St. Lawrence County from Pennsylvania in 2001. Grazing Day 2005 begins Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 at the Madrid Community Center. Call 379-9192 x234 to register.  Go to full article

A Local Guide to Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat lovers are increasingly looking to pasture-raised beef, lamb, and chicken as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to commercial feed lot meats. The Adirondack North Country Association recently published a directory of local farms that raise cows, sheep, and poultry on pasture, along with a list of local butchers who can prepare the meat for your freezer. David Sommerstein talks with ANCA's grazing technician Martha Pickard, who compiled the directory.

You can get a copy of the directory, or be included if you're a farmer, by calling 518-891-6200.  Go to full article

Cattle Clean Out Invasive Plant Species

Cattle that love to eat thorny shrubs and nasty weeds are proving they can clean up the areas infested with invasive plant species. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mary Jo Wagner reports.  Go to full article

Grazing Land Management

Martha Foley and Karen Smith, spokeswoman for the New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, discuss the future of the Adirondack North Country region’s dairy cattle and livestock grazing program.  Go to full article

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