Grazing Heifer Bus Tour Offered

Attention dairy farmers interested in grazing heifers:

Dane Land Conservation Division has set up a bus tour to visit two dairy farms in northeastern Wisconsin that have transitioned to grazing their heifers.

Research shows that grazing heifers can reduce costs and improve animal health, as well as improve water quality.  Farmers and educators from other counties are invited to participate in the tour.  This event is meant for producers who would benefit from talking to farmers who are utilizing grazing for raising heifers.  Farmers who are interested in contract grazing dairy heifers are also welcome.

Matt Akins, UW–Madison Dairy Management Specialist, and Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW–Extension Crops and Soils Educator, will be on hand to answer questions.  If you are interested in participating in the tour and have questions, please contact Marie Raboin, Conservation Specialist, (608) 224-3742 or email Raboin.Marie@countyofdane.com.  You may also contact myself, Sarah Grotjan, Outagamie County UW-Extension, Dairy/Livestock Educator at 920-832-5129 or email sarah.grotjan@outagamie.org and I can assist you.

Registration:  https://fyi.uwex.edu/danecountyag/events/heifergrazingPre-registration is required by end of day on August 1. The fee of $10 can be paid through registration or on site. Lunch will be provided.

Click the link below for more information:

Heifer Tour PDF

Note:  A bus will be leaving from Madison. If there is sufficient interest, we can arrange for the bus to make a stop to pick up additional passengers along the route.  Educators and farmers can also go directly to the farm rather than taking the bus.  However, please still register so that the facilitators know how many people to plan for.

For the Madison bus, please register by August 1st at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dairy-heifer-grazing-farms-bus-tour-tickets-46295641510 or https://fyi.uwex.edu/danecountyag/events/heifergrazing/

Support for this event is provided by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Dane County Extension, and SARE.

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