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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).

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