Thanks to a generous Local Initiatives grant from Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), the Taylor/Price Chapter of WFU is hosting a pasture walk series this summer.
Diversified Vegetable Farm – July 19, 5:30pm-8pm at We Grow LLC, Rebecca and Eric Zuleger near Westboro, WI.
This farm walk will cover Rebecca and Eric’s 7 acre organic (not USDA certified) vegetable operation providing for their 20-week CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) along with heritage breed, pasture-raised hogs. The farm walk will also touch on organic soil amendments, cover cropping for green manure and forage, pastured poultry and high-tunnel vegetable production. Tour their recently completed pack shed with post-harvest handling equipment.
The walk will include guest speaker Rick Knopp, soils agronomist. He will focus on soil testing and recommendations of how to organically rejuvenate worn out soil.
N7975 Zimmerman Rd, Westboro, WI 54490. Directions: From state highway 13 in Westboro (approx. 15 miles north of Medford) travel west on highway D two miles. Then travel south two miles on Zimmerman Rd. We Grow is located at N7975 which is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Rindt and Zimmerman Roads.
Sheep Pasture Walk and FAMACHA Training Workshop – July 20th, 10am – 4pm FAMACHA workshop (registration required – space is limited) and 4-6pm pasture walk (open to the public) at Autumn Larch Farm LLC, Jane Hansen in Ogema, WI.
The pasture walk will highlight various techniques employed to help reduce parasite load and chemical wormer use in small ruminants; non-chemical techniques for managing brush and weeds; incorporating native grasses and legumes; pasture condition scoring; and winter hay feeding strategies to increase soil fertility Representatives from the USDA NRCS office in Taylor County will have information about Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding. Medford Veterinary Clinic has been invited to attend and weigh-in on parasite and health issues in sheep.
Attention Small Ruminant producers: Register to be trained in the use of the FAMACHA technique in determining whether or not to worm individual animals. This workshop is taking place earlier the same day: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 7/20/18. Space is limited. Deadline to register: 7/16/18. Registration brochure
Autumn Larch Farm LLC raises registered Coopworth sheep for wool, meat, breeding stock and enjoyment; heirloom garlic, handcrafted soap and more. Jane coordinates the North Central WI Fiber Guild, is a producer member of the Three Rivers Fibershed and also a member of the Taylor/Price chapter of WI Farmers Union.
W7120 County Road O, Prentice, WI. Directions: From State Highway 13 near Ogema, turn west onto County Road O and continue six miles. From State Highway 8 east of Catawba, turn south onto County Road O and continue eight miles. Farm is on the north side of County Road O.
Dairy Pasture Walk – September, 20th, 12:30-3pm at Hillside Dairy Farm, Linda and Jerry Ceylor in Catawba, WI.
The walk will include guest speaker Dr. Silvia Able-Caines, Ruminant Nutritionist with Organic Valley. She will be addressing the challenges of a no-grain diet and parasite control in organic cattle. In addition, we will tour the facilities and see the Ceylor’s rotational grazing system.
Gerald & Linda began farming in Washington in 1990 but due to urbanization moved to Catawba in 1997 with their two children. They currently milk 40 crossbred dairy cows and raise replacement heifers on an all-forage, no-grain diet, and are on the all-grass milk route with Organic Valley. Their facilities include a coverall free stall barn and a double 4 herringbone milking parlor. Ceylor’s manage 400 acres which includes 115 acres of pasture. Linda serves on the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union Board as the District One Director.
N3689 Riley Rd, Catawba, WI 54515. Directions: From Catawba, WI, take Highway 8 approximately one mile west and turn left, (south), on Woodlawn Road and go .5 mile. Turn right, (west), onto Lawrence Street and go one mile. Turn left, (south), onto Riley Road and go 2 miles to the farm on the right.
For more information, please contact: Jane Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 767-5958.