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News and Features
Agricultural and Consumer Press Service
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
440 Henry Mall
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison WI 53706
For Immediate Release
For More Information:
Carl Fredericks (608) 437-4395
ECONOMICS, START-UP STRATEGIES, BREEDING
HIGHLIGHTS OF WISCONSIN GRAZING CONFERENCE IN MADISON
Grass-based dairy economics, start-up strategies for young farmers,
breeding to select a good pasture cow, and perspectives of
internationally known grass-based farmers will highlight the seventh
annual Wisconsin Grazing Conference. Slated for Friday, Feb. 12, and
Saturday, Feb. 13, the conference will be held at the Marriott Madison
West Convention Center in Middleton. The event is sponsored and
organized by GrassWorks, Inc., a non-profit organization that
facilitates information exchanges among grass farmers.
The first morning's activities include a three-hour forum on
grass-based dairy economics and start-up strategies, co-sponsored by
GrassWorks, Inc., with the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems,
University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences. Six grass-based dairying families and three UW-Madison
researchers will present the forum. The morning also includes a
presentation on kura clover management by Ken Albrecht, UW-Madison
agronomist; and a discussion on grazing and water quality with
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Dave
Vetrano and graziers and researchers involved in the Agricultural
Ecosystems Research Project.
Friday afternoon and evening speakers include Washington state
dairyman John Tenneson, who will talk about high-producing grass cows;
New Zealand dairy grazier Murray Douglas, describing a six-month tour
of grass dairies in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia; and
Irish dairy grazier Michael Murphy, the first person to adopt New
Zealand-style management in Ireland.
Other Friday speakers include Jim Russell, Iowa State University, on
extending the beef grazing season in early spring and late fall; Dave
Lubben, Monticello, Iowa, on harvesting forage and pasture management;
and Wisconsin and Minnesota beef stocker graziers, speaking on
features of their operations.
Saturday sessions include a discussion of direct marketing
grass-finished meats with Wisconsin producers Kay and Steve Castner
and Tom and Sue Wrchota; measuring pasture dry matter with UW-River
Falls agronomist Dennis Cosgrove and graziers involved in on-farm
research; and the Central Wisconsin River Graziers Network with Paul
Daigle of the Marathon County Land Conservation Department.
Additional topics include monitoring soil health and productivity,
grazing beef and dairy heifers, measuring pasture dry matter, sheep
grazing management, developing grass dairy genetics, and direct
A trade show opens at 10 a.m. Friday and closes at 3 p.m. Saturday.
For registration information, contact Carl Fredericks of GrassWorks,
Inc., 1651 Kestrel Lane, Blue Mounds, WI 53517; (608) 437-4395.
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Writer: Michele Gale-Sinex, (608) 262-8018
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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