Keep Cattle in Minnesota

Sustaining Minnesota’s Beef and Dairy Industries and Environment

A joint project of the MN NRCS and Sustainable Farming Association

The Mission of Keep Cattle in Minnesota is to sustain the beef and dairy industries in Minnesota while protecting our vast environmental resources.

Audience

Keep Cattle in Minnesota is targeted toward four main audiences

  • Brand-new farmers
  • Experienced Farmers who are looking to add or adjust a business enterprise
  • Retiring dairy producers
  • Farmers seeking to re-integrate livestock into their row crop operations for the purpose of building soil health

Upcoming Keep Cattle in Minnesota Events

Led by SFA Livestock and Grazing Coordinator Kent Solberg and project coordinator Wayne Monsen, a key function of Keep Cattle in Minnesota will be on-farm events where expert producers will teach farmers – new and experienced alike – new ways to launch or enhance their cattle operations.

SFA Hosting Two Events With Cattle Breeding Expert Gearld Fry

Gearld Fry

Gearld Fry

NOTE: Due to illness, these events have been cancelled. If we are able to reschedule, we will publish rescheduled information as soon as possible. 

As part of our ongoing Keep Cattle in Minnesota project and GrazeFest series of grass-based livestock events, SFA is proud to announce two farmer networking and educational events with cattle-breeding expert Gearld Fry.

KCIM Keep Cattle in Minnesota

The Morris event will begin with Gearld leading a beef genetics discussion at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Next, the group will caravan to the Mark Erickson farm, where Gearld will lead a hands-on session on how to pick breeding stock for grassed beef.

The Wadena day will begin with a discussion with Gearld on dairy genetics for grass-based dairy operations, followed by a caravan to Midd-Minn Dairy, where Gearld will lead a hands-on session on picking dairy animals for grass-based dairies.

Fry has decades of experience around the world in selecting and breeding cattle that will perform on a 100 percent forage diet. He is the founder of Bovine Engineering & Consulting and the American Herbataurus Society, and his wisdom and understanding in the field is greatly valued.

For more information, contact Keep Cattle in Minnesota coordinator Wayne Monsen at wmonsen@gmail.com.

Resources

Keep an eye on this page and in SFA Connect (click here to subscribe) for Upcoming Keep Cattle in Minnesota events. Also, attend the Midwest Soil Health Summit, a full conference geared to improve the health of your soil, which is set for Feb. 18-19, 2015.

For more information about the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, contact Jim Chamberlin at jchamberlin@hugllc.com.

Scenes From Past Events

2014.1.17 KCIM-Moose Lake at Abe Mach’s farm in Sturgeon Lake.

KCIM Moose Lake collage
Video from Abe Mach’s Farm:

2013.12.17 KCIM-Redwood Falls at Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz farm.

KCIM Redwood collage

2013.11.22 KCIM-Wadena at Ivan and Dayle Reinke farm.

In photo below, Ivan Reinke discusses bale grazing and management of his beef operation to participants at the workshop in Ottertail County.

KCIM Reinke for KCIM homepage

 

Videos

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Shifting the focus of agriculture from maximum yields to maximum soil health quality is critical to the sustainability of agriculture in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, the United States and globally.  SFA is committed to continued soil health programming, including programs addressing the integration of cover crops, row crops and livestock grazing.  We will continue the pursuit of funding and programs that foster the development of soil health building practices for the long term.