Dairy heifer grazing tour to visit two large scale dairies in northeast Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Farmer
Grazing workshops aim to help dairies be more profitable.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Dane County Land Conservation  are offering a bus tour to visit two large scale dairies in northeast Wisconsin on August 8th, 2018. The bus will leave the American Center Park and Ride at 9:30 am and return by  6:30 pm. Come along and learn why these farms raise their heifers on grass and hear about the economic and health benefits they are experiencing. 

This tour is intended for any dairy farms looking to learn more about grazing.  

The tour will visit Tauchen Harmony Valley Dairy. Currently milking 750 cows, Al has used prescribed grazing for 6 years and is in the process of expanding his grazing acres.  

The second stop will be VandeWettering Farm LLP.  Currently milking 350 cows, they recently started grazing their heifers. In addition to grazing pasture, heifers are grazing cover crops prior to and after main crop harvest. Grazing cover crops allowed them to increase dry matter production per acre while developing a healthy dairy animal. 

The cost to attend is $10, which will cover lunch and  transportation from the American Center Park and Ride outside Madison.  Visit the Dane County UW-Extension Agriculture website for more information and to register:

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

If you have any questions please contact, Marie Raboin, at 608-224-3742, or

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.