Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Alison Martin, Cattle Specialist

| 8/16/2011 2:46:46 PM

Get to know Alison Martin of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Alison MartinMy presentation is Introduction to Heritage Breed Cattle. The approach is for those who have never raised cattle, or who have a background in cattle and are now thinking about trying rare breeds. I’ll present an overview of the characteristics of several breeds on our Conservation Priority List and their suitability to different farm systems and different parts of the country. The talk will cover both beef and dairy, and touch on traditional uses for cattle as oxen and to clear land. Heritage cattle are a great choice for sustainable and grass fed production systems.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

I’m looking forward to the Mother Earth News Fair! This will be my first visit, and I’m excited to talk with people and learn more about how they are raising animals and crops on their own farms.

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