July 20, 2018
A field day focused on successfully raising grass-fed beef and building soil health through managed rotational grazing will be held at the farm of Mike and Jennifer Rupprecht, near Lewiston, Minn., on July 24.
The Rupprechts have nearly 30 years of experience with managed rotational grazing. Their 275-acre farm sells 100% grass-fed beef; organic-fed, free-range chicken and eggs; and organic grains, soybeans and corn. Hallmarks of their system include soil regeneration, increased biodiversity and erosion prevention.
During the field day and pasture walk, the couple will share how they started grazing, the goals that drive their farm, and the keys to what has worked for their grazing operation since making significant changes to their farm in the 1990s.
The Rupprechts will also address how to get started in rotational grazing and share the systems they use to fence in their paddocks and water their cattle. They graze about 70 head per year.
On the pasture walk, they’ll share observations about their pastures, cattle and soil health, and have hands-on demonstrations.
“We’re not high-input on our pastures,” says Mike. “Not much for seed or fertilizer or mowing — just making sure they get the right amount of rest periods.”
Winona, Minn.-area grazier Doug Nopar appreciates what the Rupprechts are doing on their farm.
“Every time I go over to the Rupprechts’ farm and see their lush pastures, I get a bad case of pasture envy,” Nopar says. “Come to the field day and see for yourself.”
The field day begin at 4:30 p.m., with a potluck dinner scheduled from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 8 p.m.
The farm’s address is 18828 County Road 20, Lewiston.
Registration is free for this Land Stewardship Project event. RSVP to LSP’s Sarah Fillius at 507-523-3366 or [email protected].
Source: Land Stewardship Project
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