Author, speaker and Grazing Lands Consultant Jim Gerrish will be in Northeast Wisconsin from June 24 thru June 27 addressing grazing practices for dairy, beef, lamb and bison on five different farms.
Gerrish will start on June 24 at the David Geiser Farm, N3287 Mill Road, New Holstein, which is a dry cow heifer grazing farm on thin karst soil. The grazing presentation is from 10 a.m. until noon followed by lunch and then a presentation by Calumet County Land and Water Conservation on best farming practices on thin karst soils. A pasture walk and open discussion will follow until about 2 p.m.
On June 25, Gerrish will be at Hidden Valley and Woolen Mill, hosted by Paul and Carol Wagner, 14804 Newton Rd., Valders, WI. Gerrish's presentation starts at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and then a walk in the pastures. Focus will be on grazing sheep and managing drought periods.
Gerrish will be at two farms on June 26, located in northern Wisconsin and the upper Peninsula of Michigan . He will start the day at Walt and Steve Wysocki 's Bison Farm, 8109 County line Rd., Armstrong Creek, WI . Pasturing Bison will be the topic, and pasturing during drought periods will be addressed. Lunch will be at Wysocki's. The event then will proceed to the Jon Ahlberg Beef Farm, 1273 M73, Iron River, MI to discuss beef cattle on pasture.
Kevin and Bonnie Ferguson, W9400 County trunk T, Rosendale, WI will host Jim Gerrish with a pasture walk on their Certified Organic Dairy Farm on June 27. The day will start at 10 a.m. with dog training and horsemanship to manage cattle on pasture followed by lunch and a Jim Gerrish presentation with pasture walk.
If you would like more information or to register for lunch, contact Fred Depies at 920-418-2718. Jim Gerrish's four days are sponsored through a Grazing Lands Conservation Grant administered through Glacierland RC&D, Lumber jack RC&D and Fox River Grazers.