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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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