Farmers and agribusiness professionals interested in grazing are invited to a Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Spring Fling pasture walk from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Molitor Organic Farm at 8554 County Road 47, St. Cloud, Minn.
The focus of the day will be pasture production to improve farm economics. The event will start with a discussion on the current pressures of dairy farming. Brad Heins, University of Minnesota dairy scientist, and host Joe Molitor will discuss the future of dairy cow genetics. The day also will include discussion about the potential of grazing and how this style of management can improve net profits, as land value and forage costs are serious components of total feed costs. Molitor will share what forages are working on his farm and how they influence his feed costs. Assigning costs to pasture-produced forage is not difficult and can boost producer financial success.
Lunch is included. To RSVP, contact Bonnie Haugen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-421-7170.