Winter Grazing Meeting

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February 11th, 2019


9:00am - 3:15pm




Jennifer Evans, Extension Columbia County





9:00 – Economics of Grazing

Aaron Pape – Are your pastures helping to keep your pockets green? What does it take financially to start and maintain a productive pasture?

9:30 – Seeding and Stocking Rates

Twyla Kite – Demonstrates on how to use standard Seeding Calculators to calculate specific seed mixtures for your farm, and Stocking Rate Calculator to help you determine grazing acres needed based on your stocking rate, forage yield and livestock move times.

10:00 – Grazing Cover Crops

Darren Yanke – learn about the pitfalls and opportunities of grazing cover crops from someone who has the experience.

10:30 – Break

10:45 – Enhanced Pasture Renovation

Roman Miller – Just like your crops your pastures need maintenance and repair too. Roman will talk about keeping your pasture up to speed

11:15 – Grazing Nutrition – Transitioning into Spring Pasture

Dr. Greg Brickner, DVM – Discussion on how to transition sheep, beef & dairy cattle onto spring pasture. Greg will explain how to balance their protein & energy needs while maintaining healthy rumen fermentation.

11:45 – UW CIAS Grazing Specialist

Jacob Grace – Learn about the work at the Center for Integrated Agriculture and who they can help you with your grazing systems

12:00 – Lunch

  1:00 – DNR Grazing Program and Opportunities

Mary C. Anderson – Current Status of DNR Grazing Program, DNR Grazing Management Objectives, and how agency personnel and farmers can connect with DNR staff to work cooperatively to restore, improve and maintain DNR owned and managed grasslands.

  1:30 – Farmer & Agency Partnership Panel

Hear from the people who have made grazing away of life and the agency staff who have provided them with support along the way.



Event Location

Health & Human Services Building

Room 2 & 3

111 East Mullet St.

Portage, WI 53901

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