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Upcoming Grassworks pasture walks
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GRASSWORKS IS SPON-SORING A SERIES OF PASTURE WALKS this season. They are a grass-roots membership organi-zation that provides lead-ership and education to farmers and consumers for the advancement of man-aged grass-based agricul-ture to benefit present and future generations.

GrassWorks is a grassroots membership organization that provides leadership and education to farmers and consumers for the advancement of managed grass-based agriculture to benefit present and future generations.

Managed Grazing is an economically and environmentally sound method of livestock agriculture.

Grafting Calves on to Nurse Cows will take place on Tues., July 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Thorne Farm, 805 East County Road F, Athens, WI 54411 (map)

Nurse cows are utilized to raise their own calves with up to three additional calves. Grafting calves reduces the cost of mother cows needed to raise a larger number of calves in both beef and dairy operations. Please join us at the Thorne’s farm to learn from their experiences.

GrassWorks Annual Picnic

The public is invited to Farm Sweet Farm LLC for the Annual GrassWorks Picnic & Pasture Walk on Friday, July 21, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Event hosts will be the Flashinski Family, Heather, Mark, Nicholas and Helayna.

Farm Sweet Farm LLC is located at 16294 250th Street Cadott, WI.

The event is presented in partnership with Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative and Byron Seeds.

Farm Sweet Farm LLC has been in all grass for 11 years. The Flashinski’s have been grazing animals for 15 years. Species include beef cattle and chickens.Things to see on the farm are silvopasture, wetland, tree plantings, outwintering areas, new seedings and much more. 


12:30– 2 p.m. -  enjoy a picnic feast (potluck - please bring a dish to pass). The following will be provided:  hotdogs, chocolate milk, and cheese graciously provided by Organic Valley.

2–4:00 p.m. -stick around for a discussion on working the grazing farm with kids, holistic management grazing planning, soil testing and reading results, direct marketing, the 10 year slump and so much more. 

Please bring your own lawn chairs. Bring your whole family.

RSVP BY JULY 14th to Heather at 715-379-3742 or to make sure we have enough Organic Valley treats and paper supplies.  You are still welcome to come after this date, but you might want to bring a second dish to pass.

Fine Tuning pasture productivity with varied paddock breaks and rotation of cattle movement will take place on Tuesday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Chad Sime farm, 16451 Freeman Rd. Gays Mills, WI. Host Chad Sime can be reached at 608-397-0468.

From Mt. Sterling, take Highway 171 east about a half mile miles to Freeman Road. Travel north approximately one mile to the farm, just past the intersection of Freeman and Roller Coaster Road, the thrrd place on the left, fire #16451.

The guest speaker will be John Zinn, retired NRCS Grazing Specialist. Zinn will review grazing infrastructure basics.