CFAR Solar Grazing Workshop
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April 24-26, 2023
Content for the three-day long experience includes:
o A tour of all solar grazing sites:
o Previously grazed and yet-to-be-grazed paddocks visible for comparison.
o Discussion/demonstration of how sensitive solar equipment is protected from grazing animals
o Site-specific discussion of how animals are delivered, loaded, and handled while on-site (Portable handling equipment? Loading ramps/chutes? Truck/trailer turnaround space?)
o Demonstration/discussion of watering methods and equipment
o Discussion of grazing goals (forage quality, soil improvement, forage height relative to solar panels, etc.)
o Discuss signage and on-site public engagement (safety, PR, education, etc.)
o What are the goals and priorities of the owner/manager of a solar site for a solar grazing program?
o From the perspective of solar site owners/managers, what characteristics make for an ideal solar grazing vendor?
o What is a typical sheep stocking rate, and how is it affected by seasonality, precipitation, and forage type?
o How often is an increase or decrease in the stocking rate necessary? How dramatic are the swings?
o What animal classes work best for solar grazing (e.g., dry ewes, weaned lambs)?
o Is lambing on a solar grazing site recommended? Why or why not?
o How do you integrate solar grazing into your farm's production system and schedule? Do solar grazing timeframes and objectives ever conflict with your farm's timeframes and goals?
o Are livestock guardian dogs recommended?
o What provisions should be considered for inclusion in a solar grazing contract? What fee structure and business practices does White Oak Pastures use and recommend?
o Ins and Outs of contracts with solar site
o If a solar grazing vendor is consulted during the design phase of a solar site, what features or facilities should they recommend be included to make solar grazing easier, more effective, or more efficient? For example, running water on-site, a particular alley width between solar panels, a specific style of solar equipment, and a unique forage mix.
o Other than sheep, what other enterprises can be successfully integrated into a solar grazing project, including an overview of the WOP grant for panels with cattle?
Please contact us to book your lodging upon purchasing your ticket:
Carly Redding (678) 977-0607
Kathleen Mainor (229) 603-3419
View our cabin and RV park lodging options online at: https://whiteoakpastures.
If your travel plans include flying, please note that the closest airports to our farm are a bit too far for ride sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. We recommend making arrangements for a rental car to ensure you have adequate transportation.
Please Note! *CFAR event ticket purchases are subject to a $50.00 non-refundable processing fee for cancellations/refunds. This fee will not apply if you wish to transfer the amount you paid toward another CFAR event ticket in the future.