Pasture walks set for late summer

Wisconsin State Farmer

Four pasture walks sponsored by the Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Council's graziers networks are scheduled in the coming weeks.

Sheep enjoy a tasty snack in a pasture in Fond du Lac County.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, Dan Wagner will be the host for a pasture walk from 1 to 3 p.m. on his beef grazing farm at W4759 Highway 67 at rural Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County. He will outline his practices in buying stocker cattle, finishing them on a 100 percent grass diet in a rotation grazing plan, and selling them through the Wisconsin Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative, which uses the Wisconsin Meadows trade name.

At Wagner's pasture walk, Brian Pillsbury of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Mike Gehl of the Glacierland council will be guest speakers. They will discuss the proper grazing heights for forages and pasture renovation techniques.

The combination of agroforestry and grazing of beef cattle will be the topic for a gathering from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. It will be held at the Brattset family and Feral Farms, N2437 Brattset Lane, Jefferson.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, a twilight sheep grazing pasture walk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rocky Knoll ranch, W5190 Meske Road, Fort Atkinson.

The Klessig family's Saxon Homestead Farm will host a dairy grazing pasture walk from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The farm is at 15621 South Union Road, Cleveland, in southeast Manitowoc County.

For more information, call Kirsten Jurcek at (920) 342-9504 or e-mail