MSU Extension pasture walk set for northern Michigan livestock producers

Onaway-area walk will highlight best management practices for pastures.

A pasture walk sponsored by MSU Extension will be held at the SKW Ranch near Onaway, Mich. on Oct. 4, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The walk is intended to relay the latest information and research from Michigan State University on pasture management for grazing livestock, dairy and equine animals.

The high cost of grain crops used for animal feeds coupled with higher prices being received for cattle, sheep and other small ruminant animals is placing renewed interest and pressure on grazing lands. The longer farms can graze animals on pasture lands and reduce the amount of grain fed, the more profitable they can be in this current market. Grass pastures and other crop residues are good alternatives that farms need to utilize to be more profitable. 

Jeff Kala, manager for SKW Ranch, will host the event.  Featured speakers are Jason Rowntree, MSU beef grazing management specialist and Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension state grazing educator.

Highlights will include:

  • grazing crop residues to lower beef cow herd feed cost,
  • pasture management strategies to improve pasture production, control weeds, and enjoy life, and
  • wildlife mitigation strategies for livestock herds in northeast Michigan.

The event is free. Reservations are not required. To get the SKW Ranch:

  • From Onaway, travel south three miles on M-33 to Three Mile Highway
  • Turn east on Three Mile and travel 3 miles to Little Rainey Road
  • Turn south on Little Rainey Rd.
  • Watch for the SKW Ranch sign on the west side of the road. 

For more information on this event contact Jerry Lindquist at 231-832-6139.

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