(7/12/14) River Country RC&D Council is pleased to announce they are hosting a pasture walk near Neillsville, WI July 24th.
As part of a grant awarded by the National Grazing Lands Coalition they will dedicate a minimum of 30 minutes to soil quality programming and discussion at this event. Learn how to gauge and monitor soil health and improvement on your grazing land though hands-on learning.
The River Country Grazing Network will be at Joe & Haly Schultz's Homestead Heifers near Neillsville, WI on July 24
th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. If you have thought about custom raising heifers or you currently operate a dairy and would like to know more about the details and benefits involved with sending your young stock off the farm, then this event is for you. Haly and Joe are relatively new to custom raising but have learned a great deal since starting to raise heifers in 2012. Haly and Joe currently maintain 50-80 heifers on their 5th generation farm with plans to expand in the future. Heifers are rotationally grazed in three different age groups on 50 acres and given a new slice of pasture every 1-2 days with supplemental corn silage. Haly and Joe practice "tall grazing" to extend pasture resources and optimize animal health. Hayfields (now pastures) have been interseeded using a no-till drill each of the past two years to help with the conversion to permanent pasture. Clark County Land Conservation Dept and local NRCS have both helped Haly and Joe establish permanent pastures, fences, winter waterers and seasonal waterlines. Haly and Joe operate an additional 170 acres of hay and crop land to supply all the feed of the livestock they raise. Lunch will be served after the farm tour and information will be presented on heifer raising costs, contract details to consider and relationship building between the dairy and grower.
The full pasture walk schedule with details and driving directions can be downloaded from www.RiverCountryRCD.org or by contacting Linda at 715-579-5229 and requesting one be sent via US mail.