Pasture walk focuses on organic dairy soil health

Wisconsin State Farmer
A pasture walk will be held at Grass Ridge Farm, Pittsville.

MADISON - Pasture walk season continues in Dane County with a soil health-focused pasture walk on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

R&G Miller & Sons, a four-generation organic dairy farm near East Bristol, located at 1706 County Road V, Columbus, will host this pasture walk. The farm has 450 cows on 450 acres of certified organic pasture and milk in a 30-cow rotary parlor.

The foundation of high quality feed and healthy animals, soil is the focus of this pasture walk. Justin Morris, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist will lead a demonstration on soil health in pastures. Using a rainfall simulator, Justin will compare the soils on different fields of the farm. The demonstration will include a discussion on aggregate stability and infiltration.

The farm is a member of Organic Valley and a field specialist will be on hand to take us on a tour of their diverse pastures. We will discuss pasture renovation and selecting appropriate species.

The event is free but pre-registration is encouraged.

Visit the Dane County Grazing Network website for more information and to register for the upcoming pasture walks:

Dane County UW-Extension and Land and Water Resource Department are organizing this event.

Contact, Jennifer Blazek, at 608-224-3717, or with any questions.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. Requests will be kept confidential. Contact the Dane County Extension Office at 608-224-3717 or WI Relay 711.