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Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack is the author of Organic Dairy Production and a nationally known consultant on grazing and organic livestock. She grew up on a Vermont family farm that used management-intensive grazing and mob stocking. She later studied Holistic Planned Grazing and pursued graduate studies on pasture management at the University of Vermont. She has written extensively about grass farming and is known for teaching workshops that take a practical approach to applying the science of grazing. Sarah has successfully helped many farmers create positive change in their pastures, soils, livestock, finances, and farm-family quality of life.

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  1. The Art and Science of Grazing

    By Sarah Flack
    Foreword by Dr. Hubert Karreman

    New techniques for managing grazing animals are producing dramatic results that empower farmers to create grazing systems that are truly effective at meeting their farm and quality-of-life goals.

    In this comprehensive book, nationally known grazing consultant Sarah Flack builds on a solid foundation of the key principles of grazing management to help farmers design and manage successful grazing systems.

    Farmers and their farms will benefit greatly from Flack’s message that, in partnership with their animals, they can create profound change in pasture quality and productivity and the performance of the livestock. The book’s unique approach presents information first from the perspective of pasture plants, and then from the livestock perspective—helping farmers understand both plant and animal needs before setting up a grazing system.

    Flack’s lifelong experience with grazing began when her family employed mob grazing techniques on the family farm to transform a brushy, overgrown series of fields into high-quality pasture. She has pursued graduate studies on pasture management at the University of Vermont, and she has successfully helped many farmers create positive change in their pastures, soils, livestock, finances, and farm-family quality of life.

    The Art and Science of Grazing is an essential guide for ruminant farmers who want to create grazing systems that meet the needs of their livestock, pasture plants, soils, and the larger ecosystem. The book covers all the practical details that are critical for sustained success, including:

    • Design considerations for setting up a new system or improving existing systems
    • Acreage calculations
    • Paddock layout
    • Fence and drinking water access
    • Lanes and other grazing infrastructure
    • Livestock movement and flow management
    • Soil fertility
    • Seeding and reseeding of pastures

    Flack includes descriptions of real grazing systems working well on dairy, beef, goat, and sheep farms in different regions of North America. The book covers pasture requirements specific to organic farming but will be of use to both organic and non-organic farms.

    Paperback $39.95

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  2. Organic Dairy Production

    By Sarah Flack
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Soils, the foundation of health (manure management)
    • Crop production and grazing management (forage species, pasture management, setting up a grazing system)
    • Livestock (selection, nutrition, winter and summer feed considerations, seasonal milking, habitat, herd health, milk quality)
    • Marketing (selling fluid milk, regulations, facility and equipment, selling raw milk)
    • Recordkeeping
    • The transition to organic

    Featuring examples from various farms in the Northeast.

    Paperback $12.95

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