Several Pasture Walks are planned for the 2019 season in the surrounding counties. Pasture walks are done to educate farmers and consumers for the advancement of managed grass-based agriculture to benefit present and future generations. The next pasture walks coming up include:
- July 16th, 1:00pm: Steve & Lynda Holland, 10740 State Hwy 11, Gratiot, WI — This pasture walk will focus on the value of shade on pasture, pasture recovery from shade use last year, seeding mixes and observations in the 2nd season of use.
- July 23rd, 6:30pm: April Prusia, W8707 Sawmill Rd, Blanchardville, WI — This pasture walk will look at challenges to managing pig to prevent rooting behavior, controlling parasites and pasture impact.
- August 6th, 1:00pm: Mike & Matt Mueller, 748 Enloe Rd, Rewey, WI — Discussions will focus on whether grazing offers a better return than corn on high quality land and share ideas on how we are dealing with spring mud.
- August 22nd 1:00pm: Don & Samantha Frei, N3808 Duncan Hill Rd, Argyle, WI — This walk will focus on pasture renovation ideas, summer annuals and seeding mixes other grazers use as well as collecting ideas on how to best walk cattle with a lane system to the neighboring farm they have recently purchased.
- September 3rd, 1:00pm: Grass Dairy, Scott Mericka, 5023 WI-23, Dodgeville, WI — Rather than increase milk cow numbers, the goal is harvest a little more grass hay in the spring flush, increase rest periods if needed and then graze later into winter before grazing a seeded winter crop to reduce stored feed needs. Can we turn this into dairy quality pasture?