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Two Organic Livestock Farms Featured in Pasture Walks


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Mark your calendar for Monday, August 12, 2013. Starting at 3p.m. we’ll visit Earth be Glad Farm managed by Mike and Jennifer Rupprecht near Lewiston. This is an organic, grass fed beef operation with a long established rotational grazing system. Here’s a chance to ask questions and observe the methods the Rupprechts use to produce grass fed beef. During the pasture walk we’ll talk about forage management, the use of cover crops, and strategies used for marketing grass finished beef.

Jill Sackett, University of Minnesota Extension, will discuss the use and benefits of cover crops and how they can be applied to prevented planting situations and to increase the feed supply for livestock operations. We expect this meeting to end around 4:30.

At 6:30p.m. we’ll restart the meeting at the Beyer Crest Farms, a formerly conventional Registered Holstein dairy farm that has recently converted to organic production. This meeting will begin with Jill Sackett’s discussion on the use and benefits of cover crops for prevented planting and increased feed supply.

The Beyers have installed a rotational grazing system and they will share with you the experiences they had in learning to manage forages and balance the rations of their dairy herd. Then we’ll take a walking tour which will allow participants to ask questions (transport will also be available). The meeting will end at around pm.

Feel free to attend either or both events, light refreshments will be provided; there is no fee for these workshops. These events are organized jointly by NRCS, SWCD, and U of MN Extension.

Directions to Earth Be Glad Farm: From Lewiston go north two mi. on Co. Rd. 25, then west two mi. on Co. Rd. 20 (look for Grazing Workshop signs on the right) etc.

Directions to Beyer Crest Farm: From Lewiston go north two mi. on Co. Rd. 25, then west two mi. on Co. Rd. 20, follow Co. Rd. 20 N as it turns into Co. Rd. 27 for 3.5, then turn east on Dixie Dr. (look for Grazing Workshop signs on the left).

Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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Small Flock Sheep Grazing Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A Small Flock Sheep Grazing Field Day will be held on Saturday morning, August 10 at 10 a.m. This will be an opportunity to see and discuss the benefits of rotational grazing on th ..... 
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Heusinkveld Family recognized as a 2013 ‘U of M Farm Family’

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

PRESTON, Minn. —The Cleon & Bonnie Heusinkveld family of Spring Valley, Minn. has been named Fillmore County’s “2013 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The Heusinkveld farm was homesteaded in 1856 by Bonnie’s great- ..... 
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Dairy Beef Feeding for Profit

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Feeding dairy steers has been common on northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota farms, and now others are looking at dairy steers with supplies of feeder cattle being low. Iowa Sta ..... 
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Wild Parsnip Making a Comeback

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties As I travel through Fillmore and Houston Counties, I have been seeing a lot of wild parsnip. I suspect it is partially due to the wet weather conditions, but may also be partly du ..... 
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Snake ‘rattles’ awareness in Southeastern Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge Southeastern Minnesota’s prize title of ‘bluff country’ is true it’s name in so many ways, consisting of beautiful sloping hillsides, steep scenic cliffs, diverse vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. So many differ ..... 
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Dairy Night on the Farm a huge success

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Boettcher Dairy was the place to be on June 29, 2013, for anyone who works in the Dairy Industry and also for people who knew little to nothing about dairy farming. Curtis and Cheryle Boettcher and their sons, Chad and Brian, hosted this year’s D ..... 
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