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Pasture walks to showcase grazing basics and perennial plantings
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GRAZING BASICS AND PERENNIAL PLANTINGS will be the topics of two pasture walk events to be held in June. The events are sponsored by the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative and the Crawford County UW-Extension.

The 2017 season of pasture walk and facilitated discussion series is in full swing, with the grass turning green and the temperatures warming up.

The series is planned and facilitated by the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative (KGI) along with Crawford County UW-Extension.

For more information about the series, go to the events page at www., or call Crawford County UW-Extension Agent, Vance Haugen, at 608-326-0223, or at

On Tuesday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m., the third event in the series will take place at the farm of Christopher Baird, 12241 State Hwy 27, Ferryville, (608) 632-1769.

The guest speaker will be John Zinn, retired NRCS Grazing Specialist. Zinn will review grazing infrastructure basics, explore facilities and/or equipment upgrades for supplementing cattle off pasture (feeding shed/feed lane or alley options) on a limited budget, and review current pasture and soil tests.

To reach the farm from Seneca, take Hwy 27 N approximately 10 miles. You’ll travel past the intersection with County Highway C. Continue on State Hwy 27 approximately another three-quarters of a mile. The farm will be on the left – look for fire number 12241.

The fourth event will take place on Tuesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., on the farm of Wandy Peralta, 48210 Lewig Lane, Wauzeka, (608) 379-3099.

This event will beature the fourth year of berry production on a 25+ year rotationally grazed farm. Peralta grows 30 acres of Black Currants, and 4 acres each of Aronia berries and Elderbarries, with silvopasturing among the berry crops.

To reach the farm from Steuben, take State Highway 131 South approximately 4 miles. Go left on Hilldale Road, and travel approximately 1 mile, then take a left onto Lewig Lane (Levy’s Ln for GPS), which you will follow to the end.

There will be two events in each in the months of July, August, September and October. The series will culminate on November 14 on the farm of Susan and Mike Mueller, with an “Introduction to Pastured Pork and the Back to the Land Pastured Pork Cooperative.