PASTURE WALKS

Learn from fellow farmers about the benefits and challenges of managed grazing, such as equipment, seeding rates, livestock care, cost-sharing, and more.  Our grazing specialist will be there to answer your technical questions!

Upcoming Events:
Pasture walk season of 2019 has sadly came to an end.  We'd like to thanks all the many farm hosts, presenters and attendees that made each of these events valuable, educational and enjoyable!  Until next year, can't wait!  
Also keep an eye out for spring training workshops or contact us for more information at any time!
Past Events:
Waupaca County

Winter Grazing Pasture Walk

Tuesday, September 17th

10:00am -12:00pm

 

Maple Valley Farm

Justin and Kendra Seeger

E5944 County Road G

Marion WI 54950

Join us to learn more about utilizing alternative forages and cover crops to achieve year round grazing in Wisconsin and why it can be a low cost alternative to feeding hay. 

Seegers have over 200 acres planted into a variety of forage and cover crops with the intention of year round grazing for their beef herd. Forages utilized include: Italian rye, corn with a 14 way cover crop cocktail, cereal rye, and a sorghum based cover crop cocktail mix. 

 

For additional information, please feel free to contact:

Derrick Raspor - derrick.raspor@wi.usda.gov

Rachel Bouressa - rachel.bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org

Evening on the Farm - Sunset Pasture Walk

Demonstrations, Discussions and Pasture Tour.

September 19th, 2019

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Bouressa Family Farm 

N3775 Ritchie Rd

New London, WI 54961

Evening Events:
Rainfall Simulator: The rainfall simulator demonstrates how different agricultural practices affect water infiltration, runoff, erosion and water holding capacity. You’ll be able to see the relationship and begin to understand these properties and their impact to your ground and surface waters.
Pasture Walk: Bring your boots and walk the pastures!  See rotational grazing in practice: daily moves, fences, and water.  Learn how managed rotational grazing is a regenerative agricultural practice which enhances, water quality, soil health, pollinator & wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration.
Dinner and Discussion:  Enjoy a light dinner and meet area farmers.  We will be inviting and recognizing many farmers doing great things in our area.  Discussion will focus on the important role of policy makers, community leaders, and especially consumers in supporting conservation agriculture.

 

OPEN to all - anyone who drinks water and eats food is welcome!
$5/person (children under 12 free) 
Bring the family and a chair or blanket for dinner seating.
Please RSVP by September 12th so that we can plan for the meal.
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Rachel Bouressa: Grazing Planner, Golden Sands RC&D
Email: rachel.bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org
Call: 715-343-6215 ext. 706

Waupaca County

Thursday, July 18th

11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Bouressa Family Farm

N3775 Ritchie Rd

New London, WI 54961


Join us for the GrassWorks and Wisconsin Meadows Annual Picnic & Pasture Walk! In partnership with: Wisconsin Farmers Union and Organic Valley CROPP.

Bouressa Family Farm is a small (though growing), direct-market, grass-fed beef operation.  Rachel has worked with NRCS through the EQIP program and attributes this relationship to the success of management on the farm.  Encouraging networks and networking will also be a feature of this event.

MUST RSPVP by July 14th to bouressafamilyfarm@gmail.com - to ensure enough for lunch. Feel free to attend if you don't RSVP, but please pack a lunch.

Event flyer: GrassWorks Picnic Flyer

Green Lake County

Thursday, June 13th

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Honey Creek Farm

W1532 Bluffton Rd.
Green Lake, WI 54941

Join us at Honey Creek Farm for a pasture walk! Located 4 miles north of Green Lake, you can learn about Jim Quick's grass-fed beef and gourmet garlic production.

Juneau County

Wednesday, June 19th

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Paradise Found Farm

W10581 Bell Rd
Camp Douglas, WI 54618

Join us at Paradise Found Farms for a pasture walk! Paradise Found Farms is a family-run multi-species grazing operation, located in the beautiful hills of Wisconsin. Come learn about their approach to managing goats and cattle. Light lunch to follow.

Portage County

Thursday, June 27th 

1:00-3:00 PM
Hosts: Carl and Carol Flaig

5417 County Road M

Junction City, WI 54443

Find out more:

Contact us!  

Rachel Bouressa, Grazing Planner

Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc.

Rachel.Bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org

715-343-6215 ext. 706

Please join us for an early afternoon pasture walk featuring the Flaig organic dairy operation.
Our hosts are Carl and Carol Flaig, along with their current DGA intern, Rylie Elvers. The Flaigs took over the farm from Carl’s parents in 1982 and started managed grazing in 1995. They became organic in 2015. Carl is an outstanding grazing manager and has consistently risen to the challenges of dealing with flat and wet pastures, which have been an increased challenge in recent years with the wet weather their area has had. The Flaig farm consists of 350 acres of grazing and hayland
acreage. The Flaigs milk a cross-bred herd of 65 dairy cows and have additional replacement youngstock. Carl has worked closely with the NRCS and WI DNR over the years and has developed partnering agreements for improvements on their farm and use of public grazing lands in exchange for excellent conservation efforts on the Flaig Farm. The Flaigs have always been very concerned about conservation and had incorporated conservation efforts into their farming practices even before they began working with NRCS and the DNR. Their farm borders DNR land and the Flaigs have a partnering agreement with the DNR to graze that DNR land.
Please join us rain or shine for an informative event! Snacks will be provided by Organic Valley.

We are proud to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), County Land & Water Conservation Departments, the Grazing Land Conservation Initiative, Wisconsin Farmers' Union, and UW-Extension offices to plan and implement successful grazing systems throughout Central Wisconsin. 

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Call us:

715-343-6215

Location: 

1100 Main St Suite 150, Stevens Point, WI 54481

This organization is an equal opportunity provider