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SAUK CITY - Landowners and farmers in Southwest Wisconsin are invited to an outdoor workshop that teaches how to build pasture fencing for beef cattle.

“I teach planning, placement, and practicality of making fence. You’ll learn about fence types, mental and physical barriers, resources, costs, and preparation. You’ll also get to see how to use various fencing materials.” says Randy Cutler, owner of Cutler Fencing.

The workshop is part of the Mentorship Program for Future Livestock Farmers, which connects beginning livestock farmers to financial coaching, business mentorship, land, and training through the Southwest Badger RC&D Grazing Broker. The mentorship program is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The hosts of the fencing workshop are Dale Gasser and Judy Fossen, beef producers and beginning farmer participants in the mentorship program.

“We have raised beef for 19 years but recently decided to transition to producing and direct-marketing grass-finished beef,” said Dale Gasser.

As part of the transition, the couple is working with the Sauk County Department of Conservation, Planning, and Zoning to convert 12 acres of cropland to a diverse pasture mix that will be utilized in a managed rotational grazing system. Sauk County provides technical and financial assistance to setup the system, including the fence that will be built during the workshop, through a variety of programs available to farmers and landowners.

How to attend

The “Pasture Fencing for Startup Beef Farmers” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 22, at the Gasser Farm, E7415 Spring Dr., Sauk City, WI. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested by April 17 to Robert Bauer at 608-732-1202 or robert.bauer@swbadger.org.

Participants who have applied to the mentorship program are eligible to participate in one-on-one hands-on training during 12:30 to 3 p.m.; lunch will be provided to the mentees from 12-12:30 p.m. thanks to the Wisconsin Grassfed Beef Cooperative.

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