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We offer educational outreach for livestock operations in Connecticut. Work with our educators to learn more about livestock management and economic development. Learn more. 

hand holding dirt with nutrient management word headerWe offer nutrient management resources for farmers and agricultural land managers, specifically in relation to excess phosphorus and nitrogen. Our work also covers high nitrates in water sources from agriculture. Learn more.


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Welcome to the Tri-State SARE Project. A professional development opportunity for agricultural service providers and farmers provided by the Northeast SARE state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Learn more.


March 2023 Livestock Update

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Work continues on our Beef x Dairy crossbreeding project, which is a 3-year collaboration between UConn and Penn State, funded by a Northeast SARE grant.  The last calf has been born on campus, and the first two groups of cattle are harvested. 30 of 40 left to go! We continue to compile and analyze all the growth and meat quality data, and I will bring that to you via extension programming as soon as the project is complete. Meanwhile, we also conducted a large regional survey of beef x dairy practices for the Northeast. A manuscript of those survey results was submitted for peer-reviewed publication in Translational Animal Science in January. Again, as soon as the data are published, they will be made available to you! We’re already making national news – check out Progressive Cattle magazine from September 2022 for a neat feature article on my use of ultrasound technology for the beef x dairy project.

I continue to partner with UConn Extension colleagues on the Tri-State SARE, Solid Ground, and 4-H teams, as well as the newly formed Farm Viability team…

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-Joe Emenheiser, PhD

HPAI Detected in New Haven County


Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected in a backyard flock in New Haven County on October 4, 2022. Please click here for the full press release and links to resources from the CT Dept of Ag.



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Results of CT Sheep Producers Study

Limitations associated with characterizing and quantifying sheep operations in the state of Connecticut present obstacles to communication, community development, and growth opportunities for producers. A survey was conducted from October 2021 to February 2022 in order to gain insight into the status and health of the Connecticut sheep industry and to identify areas of profitability in the state. The survey was distributed virtually and at the annual Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association meeting in December 2021. Sixty-six viable responses were collected and analyzed. The results of this survey will be used by the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association to establish baselines with regard to producers and sheep and will be valuable in designing and implementing timely programming and resources for Connecticut sheep producers.

Sara Tomis and (Dr.) Amy Safran, Department of Animal Science, UConn

(Dr.) Joe Emenheiser, Department of Extension, UConn


Workshops, Webinars, and Recordings: Previous & Upcoming!

Getting to the Root: Niche Livestock Panel Discussion

Cornell Soil Trailer Tour with Fay Benson:

UConn Extension's Northeast SARE Project spent a day out in the field at Scantic Valley Farm in Somers learning about soil health and pasture management for beef cattle:

Cornell Soil Trailer Tour

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