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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 the small scale. Both those producers grazing only a few animals or those considering starting grazing will receive useful tips.

The 25 ewe flock grazing area consists of grass around the building site and driveway. Combinations of temporary and permanent fences are used. With the exception of 2012, there is adequate grass to maintain the flock.

For those beginning a flock, it will be a chance to see remodeled buildings used as a lambing area. The yearly sheep work cycle will also be discussed.

NRCS Grazing Specialist John Zinn and SWCD SE MN Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas will be available for question along with flock owner Jerry Tesmer. This flock started out as a 4-H project approximately twenty-five years ago and has gone through a number of changes as the family has changed.

A representative of the Farm service Agency and specifically the Farm Loan Program personnel are planning to attend to present the FSA programs for existing producers, individuals interested in starting a farming operation in the conventional and non-conventional sense, as well as possible youth applicants.

The Jerry & Kathy Tesmer farm is located at 22097 County 30, Harmony, Minn. Travel 10.5 miles west on Highway 44, 2 miles south on 225th Avenue, ½ mile west on County 30. The farm is on the north side of the road. The event will be held rain or shine. There is no charge to attend.



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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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Forestry Field Day July 23 Near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Agriculture

On July 23r, 2013 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society, will be hosting a field day to explore natural features and forestry practices along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. The field d ..... 
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Grass/Alfalfa Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Southeast MN Forage Council & the Midwest Forage Association will hold a Summer Field Day on Thursday, July 18 at 5pm at Haz-Broy Farms. Haz-Broy Farms is located at 27919 State Hwy 250, Lanesboro Minn. The plots are one mile north on Hwy 250. ..... 
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Selective buyers vie for high quality farmland

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

OMAHA, Neb. - An accelerated farmland sell-off at the end of 2012 has led to continued low supplies of premium quality property, according to Farmers National Company, the largest farmland and ranchland real estate company in the country. Last year ..... 
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