Gain expert advice on pasture-based livestock farming and more during SFA’s Pasture Profitability Field Days, held occasionally throughout the year. SFA’s Pasture Profitability Field Days are a part of our GrazeFest series of Farmer-to-Farmer Network™ events.
Pasture Profitability Field Day • Sept. 29, 2012
The first Field Day, at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29, began at Ivan and Dayle Reinke’s farm at 62619 285th St, off County Road 75 just south of Wadena. Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist for the Sustainable Farming Association, presented on pasture-based profit opportunities for beef producers; followed by a presentation on stockpiled forages for fall grazing and outwintering techniques by the Reinkes (Ivan pictured above) and Jeff Duchene, NRCS Grazing Specialist.
The group caravaned to lunch at Harvest Thymes Bistro in Wadena, then headed to Tom Bilek’s farm for a session by Bilek on cover-crop uses for beef producers.
Pasture Profitability Field Day • Oct. 6
The second Field Day began at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Bob Schelhass farm, just northeast of Edgerton at 358 180th Ave. First was a pasture walk and discussion of Bob’s grazing system followed by a producer panel discussion of direct marketing opportunities and challenges. This workshop was free, and lunch was provided by local beef producers.
To view a story and photos from the Oct. 6 workshop via the Pipestone County Star, click here. Thanks to reporter Mavis Fodness for her attendance at our workshop.
Veterans Draft Animal Workshop
The Oct. 20 workshop for veterans began at Central Lakes College Ag Center in Staples. Attendees learned how to get involved in farming as well as the basics of working with draft animals. There was also a beginning farmer resource trade show, horse-farming demos, and a session on the ins and outs of working with draft animals during a tour of Iraq war veteran Mike Sams’ farm.
Energized Fencing Seminar • Oct. 13
Also, SFA sponsored a fencing seminar Oct. 13 in Fergus Falls led by SFA’s Kent Solberg, owner of Seven Pines Farm and Fence of Verndale and an instructor in the Sustainable Food Production program at M-State in Fergus Falls. Kent has 18 years of professional experience designing and installing energized fence systems for livestock. The workshop was sponsored by SFA, Sustainable Food Production and the Minnesota Dairy Initiative.
For more information about any of these workshops, contact Kent Solberg at 218.445.7580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The field days were made possible with help from the Grazing Land Conservation Association, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, Sustainable Farming Association Central Chapter, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The veterans workshop is presented as a part of a collaboration among several organizations including the Sustainable Farming Association, the National Resources Conservation Service, Land Stewardship Project, and the Farmer-Veteran Coalition. It is also a part of SFA’s ongoing Grazefest(TM) series.