The Lake County Conservation District held three pasture walks this past summer (2017) and are planning to have more in the summer of 2018. Pasture walks are free, low-key get together to discuss improved management strategies with neighbors. They offer a hands on learning and sharing environment. We walk the fields with the producers and community members talking about agricultural practices and discussing whatever topics arise.
On July 13th, 2016 we had a pasture walk at the Foust Farm:
Come see what all the fuss over COVER CROPS is all about! The Foust Family is working to transform their farm and ranch by using improved grazing and cropping strategies. In 2016 they seeded multiple fields to diverse annual cover crop mixes. They will graze these annual cover crops to provide livestock forage while improving the health and fertility of their soil. This is a great opportunity to learn about some exciting new farming and ranching strategies!
On July 6th, 2016 we had a pasture walk at the Niemeyer’s property:
Jan and Chris Niemeyer operate a cow/calf operation West of Ronan. They have been making progressive changes to their grazing over the past three years. Their grazing management has paid off BIG TIME! Come walk through their pastures with us and see how they have been able to grow far more grass, significantly reduced winter feeding costs.
On June 11th, 2015 we had a pasture walk at Foothill Farm:
Foothills Farm operates a diverse agricultural operation featuring organic produce and livestock. Tom Pavlock manages the grazing at Foothills Farm which consists primarily of Cow/calf pairs. Over the past two years they have made progressive improvements to their livestock rotations in order to maximize production while reducing winter feed costs.
On June 25th, 2015 we had a pasture walk at the Schlabach’s property:
Vern Schlabach and his family own and operate a cow/calf operation on Ashley Lake Road outside of St. Ignatius. They have utilized a high stock density rotation for the past 3 years. Highlights of the tour will include: – Review of Legume Seeding Research Plots: Five species of legumes including non-bloating birdsfoot trefoil and sanfoin, were broadcast seeded in Feb. 2015. Come see what is popping up! Cows DO readily eat whitetop, come and see how and why!
On July 14th, 2015 we had a garden production walk at Fresh Roots Farm: