Inaugural pasture walk to focus on fencing

Wisconsin State Farmer
Dane County Grazing Network will lead off its inaugural year with a beef cow-calf pasture walk and fence demonstration on June 7 at Stoneman Farm in Fitchburg.

FITCHBURG - The Dane County Grazing Network is starting off its first year in existence with a beef cow-calf pasture walk with a fence demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Stoneman Farm in Fitchburg.

Owners of the farm, Kevin and Keely Oppermann, operate a cow-calf grass-fed beef operation with Scottish Highland cattle. They have used the Scottish Highlands to clear woody brush species on this and their rented land.

Attendees will look at the Oppermann's well-established diverse forage pastures, recently seeded pastures and pastures that will again be grazed to remove woody species, comparing the difference in soil health. Randy Cutler of Cutler Fence, LLC will lead a demonstration in the repair of existing fence and construction of high tensile electric perimeter fence.

This event will provide hands-on experience in fence repair, fence design, corner construction, portable fence usage, and proper energizer selection and energizer grounding. Fencing options for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, hogs & horses will be presented. Discover the ins and outs of fencing for livestock, including planning, placement, and practicality of making fence!

The pasture walk will be located at 2559 South Syene Rd, Fitchburg. It is optional, but those interested in getting their “hands dirty” and build fence, please bring a pair of work gloves with you.

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. If you have any questions please contact, Jennifer Blazek, at 608-224-3717 or