Cattle producers won’t want to miss the 18th annual Winter Grazing Workshop presented by the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council (CWRBFC), which will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 1, at Central Lakes College, 1830 Airport Rd, Staples. This is your chance to get in on a great seminar highlighting grazing management, integration of livestock into cropland, watering systems and farm transitions.
The Forage Council, a Networking Group of the Sustainable Farming Association, is pleased to have Thor and Dana Didrickson of Badger, Minn., as its featured speakers. The Didriksons are fourth-generation ranchers from Roseau County and produce cow/calf pairs, stockers, and row crops. The cropland is managed with no-till, and they use managed rotational grazing on the pastures. Pastures are stockpiled for fall/winter grazing, and bale grazing is used to better manage fertility on the land. They have incorporated cover crops into their farming system and integrate livestock into the cropland management to graze cover crops and crop residue. The Didriksons will provide an overview of their operation and management techniques they employ, which local producers could utilize in their own operations.
Other presentations will be given on a variety of topics throughout the day. Kent Solberg will offer a primer on grazing management principles. There will be a discussion on livestock watering systems, including a solar system used by local producer Mike Sams. Nathan Converse, with Farm Business Management, will be walking us through the farm transition process, and the Didricksons will briefly discuss the farm transition process on their farm.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 1; vendors and sponsors will also be on hand with displays and handouts. Cost for the daylong workshop is $15 single, $25 for two; which includes morning and afternoon refreshments, full lunch, and speakers.
Info: sfa-mn.org/forage-council or call Ivan Reinke at 218.631.3195 Ext. 3.