A field day focused on forage species, fencing techniques, grazing/cost-share programs, and calculating forage rations will be held on Thursday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Symanietz Family Farm, owned and operated by Greg and Rebecca Symanietz, near Avon (39452 185th Ave, Avon, MN 56310).
Lunch is provided; however, registration is required for lunch by August 18.
This event, which is organized and sponsored by the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), is free and open to the public. The topics presented will be geared towards landowners who are interested in implementing prescribed grazing or those who are currently implementing grazing on their operation.
Information on the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) will also be presented.
A pasture walk will take place after morning presentations have concluded. Please come with appropriate outdoor footwear and clothing for variable weather and walking conditions. At the end of the pasture walk, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with staff, other landowners, and the Symanietzes.
The Symanietzes operate a 47 cow/calf pair beef herd along with 135 acres of owned and rented cropland which includes corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. The Symanietzes have made improvements to their grazing system by adding fencing, an armored cattle lane, and a watering system with a heavy use area protection surrounding it. These practices have allowed them to rotationally graze their cattle on over 60 acres of pasture, as well as improve the pasture’s productivity, herd health, and protect sensitive areas. The Symanietzes also started to implement no-till and cover crops on their land.
To register for the field day or for more information, visit https://www.stearnscountyswcd.net/prescribedgrazingfieldday