Sheep Grazing Pasture Walk
Getting Started and Management Considerations
Wednesday, July 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
Bear Creek Sheep Station
Robert and Penny Leder
N8714 County Road T
Bear Creek, WI 54922
Bob and Penny Leder have maintained a commercial flock of sheep in Bear Creek since 1988. They rotationally graze 95 ewes and their 200% lamb crop on 30 acres of grass-legume pastures. Lambing is timed to match surging spring grass growth. The lambs are sold off as feeders (averaging 75-80 pounds) when the grass growth slows in late summer. Fall grass production is stockpiled in pastures to enable the flock to continue grazing into November and December, during breeding season. On an additional 20 acres, two crops of hay are made which is enough to feed the ewes during the winter months; in most years with extra to sell. The flock is out wintered in “the back 40” on a hay station of large square bales that the flock also uses as a windbreak. The 20 acres of hay land is also grazed twice during the year: when the grass first emerges in late April as lambing is winding down, and again in the fall during breeding. One of the main goals at Bear Creek Sheep Station is to raise lamb and wool in a sustainable way with the use of good conservation and land stewardship practices. The Leder farm now consists of 80 acres with two farmsteads. The agricultural land was preserved in 2009 when Bob and Penny donated their development rights to the newly developed Waupaca County Working Farm and Forest Lands Conservation Easement Program.
This pasture walk will be geared to beginning producers, however more advanced management strategies may be discussed if time permits. The event is FREE with no pre-registration necessary. Please dress weather-appropriate.
Topics Include: Managing sheep on pasture, forage varieties and selection, fencing, managing parasites and undesirable plant species in pasture.
Directions (From Clintonville, WI): Travel South on Hwy 45, 6.5 miles - Turn West onto Hwy 22, continue 3.5 miles - Turn North onto Cty. T continue 1.5 miles. End at N8714 Cty. Rd T
Bear Creek, WI 54922 *Watch for “Pasture Walk” signs.
See Mapquest for an accurate map: http://mapq.st/183Yrba
Questions? Contact Teal Fyksen (Grazing Specialist) @ 715-321-2929 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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