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River Country Grazing Network Upcoming Events

2014 Grazing Network Schedule

Cost to attend pasture walks: $15/non-member           FREE/Network members

Saturday, October 11th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Jackson Family Farm
Jim & Bonnie Jackson, 2806 N 84th Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI

The Jacksons are in their 21st year of grazing livestock on their farm. They began with grazing dairy cows in 1993 and in January of 2014 they sold the dairy cows.  In 2014 they are transitioning into another generation of grass based farming, grazing their own 50 dairy heifers (½ Holsteins/Flechvieh breed) and custom grazing 100 dairy Holstein heifers for a neighboring dairy farm.  Over the years Jim has experimented with planting a variety of crops including grasses, legumes, annuals and grazing alfalfa.  Additionally, they have added many innovations such as a swing parlor and gateless lanes.  In 2014 they will be renovating a 15 acre pasture; grazing until the end of July and seeding down a fall grazing crop of oats and turnips.  The Jackson’s have been instrumental in helping the Chippewa Valley Graziers & the River Country Grazing Initiative take shape.
Directions (from Eau Claire):  Take US HWY 53 (Bypass) to North Crossing Exit (WI-312/County Road Q). Go East on County Road Q approx. 3 miles, turn left onto N 75th Ave, turn right onto Burnell Drive, turn left onto N 84th Ave, follow approx. 1 mile. Jackson Family Farm is on the left.

To help with planning for these events we encourage you to register online

OR call 715-579-5229

*Sincerest thanks to the hosting producers, River Country Grazing Network members and Wisconsin Farmers Union!*

 

It’s your network, your voice; let it be heard!

2014 West Central WI Spring Grazing Conference

Thanks to our Speakers

Brad Heins
Assistant Professor of Organic Dairy Management, West Central Research Center University of MN in Morris, Minnesota

Doug Gunnink
Founder of the Gunnink Forage Institute, Forage Expert and "Whole Farm Management" Consultant

Thanks to our Farmer Panel

Kay Craig - Grassway Organics, LLC

Lynn P. Johnson - Peterson Farmstead Farm

Bob Keil - RavenCroft Farm

Dan Pearson - Pure Sun Farm

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters!

2013 West Central WI Fall Grazing Conference

Thanks to our Speakers

Geoff Brink

Andy Hager

Thanks to our Farmer Panel

Brian O'Connell & Rich O'Connell

Mariann Holm

Jason Smith

Jerry Wagner


Video of past grazing events:

How To Move 90 Dairy Cows in Four Minutes!

Self Propelled Harvesting Units

Dairy Cows on Grass In October, 50 + Days Rest Period - October 8th, 2009 - An example of what can be accomplished after 15 years of praticing Management intensive Grazing (MiG) & focusing on the 3 legs of the stool; 1) Time On a paddock (Occupancy Period), 2) Time Off a paddock (Rest Period) & 3) Soil Fertility.

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Last updated: Sep 25, 2014