Regional cow-calf meeting features diversified beef operation
This year's regional cow-calf meeting is slated Wednesday, April 3, from 5-9 p.m., in rural Stone Lake. It is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Livestock Team.
The meeting will be held at the Terri & Paul Loree Farm, N5437 Dawn Road, just west of west of Stone Lake in Washburn County. From Stone Lake, go about two miles west on Hwy 70 to Strabel Road, turn right or north, go one mile, then turn right on Dawn Road. Watch for the signs.
The Lorees are transplanted city farmers. Terri, who runs the farm, has a Masters in food science and nutrition and does consulting. Paul is a human resource director for a large company and works much of the time by computer from home.
Terri rotationally grazes 20 various breeds of beef cattle, including Pinzgauer (Austria), Charolais, Hereford, Angus and Simmental on 30 acres following a grazing plan developed by the NW Graziers Network. There are three horses, including a Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred, and a Great Pyrenees predator-control dog.
The farm features both restored and new buildings including a horse arena. The Lorees employ organic practices. There is also a University of Chicago seismic monitor on the farm.
The program begins at 5 p.m. with a farm tour followed by a beef supper and program at 6 p.m. at the Stone Lake Fire Station.
Topics will include: Cow-Calf Industry Outlook, Comparison of Natural Service with Synchronized A.I. in Cow-Calf Herds, Ear-Tagging and Basic ID Record-Keeping in Cow-Calf, and an Update on Wolves and Other Predators.
Speakers will include a state Extension Specialist from UW-River Falls, representatives from private industry and a USDA/APHIS wildlife biologist.
The cost of the program is $12 for the meal. Catering will be provided by Marie's Hideaway of Stone Lake.
Those interested should register in advance by Thursday, March 28. For registration or information, contact Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at UWEX-Spooner, 800-528-1914 or 715-635-3506.