Pasture walk

Attendees at a pasture walk at the Christopher Baird farm view a path that will be transformed into a cow lane, thanks to cost-sharing assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Baird hosted a pasture walk in 2018.

The Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and Great River Graziers recently released their 2019 pasture-walk schedule. The pasture walks are free and open to the public. Pasture-walk hosts range from beginning operators to graziers with more than 25 years of experience in managed grazing.

Great River Graziers has been conducting pasture walks for the past 26 years in and around Crawford County, Wisconsin. The Kickapoo Grazing Initiative – a public-private partnership in its seventh year – provides rotational-grazing outreach and technical assistance to farmers and landowners in the Kickapoo River Valley. Pasture walks will be held from June through October in several Wisconsin locations.

10:30 a.m. June 11 at the Claudia Berres farm, 21602 Berres Lane, Richland Center. Berres is a contract-beef grazier. The program will feature water systems, solar pumps and water storage options.

10:30 a.m. June 25 at the Don Boland farm, 18732 Highway 27, Gays Mills. The program will feature paddock management – sizing paddocks and grass-species selection. Nick Baker, University of Wisconsin-Extension, will talk about meadow fescue and other perennial forages.

10:30 a.m. July 9 at the farm of Christopher Baird, 12241 Wisconsin Highway 27, Ferryville. Baird is finishing an Environmental Quality Incentives Program project funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project involves cattle lanes and a watering system for dairy cattle. Staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be available to discuss application and installation processes.

10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the farm of Amy Fenn, 12041 Severson Road, Ferryville. Fenn is converting woodlands to silvo-pasture. She is designing a forage chain and adding chickens for fly control.

10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the farm of Eric Hammell, 18612 Halls Branch Road, Gays Mills. The program will address brush-management techniques to improve forage quality and accessibility for cattle.

10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the farm of Jade and Ethan Proksch, 53830 Newton Road, Genoa. The program will feature rotational grazing with goats and/or mixed species. Also discussed will be flood recovery since fall 2018.

10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the farm of Mike Lind, 47664 Aspen Road, Soldiers Grove. Lind will discuss silvo-pasture management. Also discussed will be soil improvement and fertility issues. The program will be co-sponsored by the Savanna Institute.

There will also be a pasture walk held in Minnesota.

10:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the farm of Vance and Olaf Haugen, 12620 Deer Road, Canton, Minnesota. The program will feature discussion on the evaluation of grazing and pastures for fall, and planning for spring. Also discussed will be karst geology and water quality in the Driftless Area Region. The program will be co-sponsored by the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.

Visit www.kickapoograzinginitiative.com or contact info@kickapoograzinginitiative.com or 608-606-6022 for more information.