Grazing walks, workshops set

Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Inc. is sponsoring several educational events this month.

The events include:

· Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk, Wednesday, Sept. 7, Gene and Tim Bohnhoff Farm, W6115 County U, Plymouth, 1–3 p.m.

The Bonhoffs practice managed intensive rotational grazing with their 200-plus dairy herd on 110 acres of pasture. As we tour this beautiful dairy grazing farm, we will discuss sward density and the diversified plant species present. Tim and Gene will explain their watering systems, paddock rotations and changes they’ve made over the years to enhance their operation.

· Twilight Beef Grazing Pasture Walk, Wednesday, Sept. 7, Higher Ground Ranch, Christal and Mike Mulder, W5807 Sumac Rd., Plymouth, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Mulders practice managed intensive rotational grazing with their beef herd. As we tour their pastures we will discuss seeding mixtures, methods used to establish their sward and their rotations.

· Pasture Management Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 13, Waseda Farms, Country Store, 7281 Logerquist Rd., Baileys Harbor, 10 a.m.—3:30 p.m.

The Farmers at Waseda Farms rotationally graze beef cattle, poultry and pork on more than four hundred acres of beautiful, certified organic farm land in Baileys Harbor. Farm Manager, Chris Schuh, works closely with the staff at Waseda Farm and many experts to assist him with pasture management decisions. They work hard to continually improve their soils while maximizing forage quality and quantity and livestock health. In addition to their diverse perennial pastures with herbals for maximum herd health, they plant spring and fall cover crops to extend their grazing season and build their soils.

Guest speakers will include: Ben Bartlett, Midwestern Bio Ag; Karl Dellefield, Prairie Creek Seed; Daniel Olson, Olson Seed and Chris Schuh, Waseda Farms.

Registration: There is no fee for this workshop but please register so we have an accurate head count for the lunch.

Contact Kirsten Jurcek, grazing educator, and Glacierland RC&D, by Sept. 9 at kjurcek1@centurytel.net or (920) 342-9504 to register.


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