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“Grazin’ Days – A Pasture Management Workshop” to be Held this Summer


AMES, Iowa  -- Grazin’ Days – A Pasture Management Workshop, a series of on-the-farm pasture meetings, will be held this summer around the state of Iowa for producers in the process of installing or who have already installed a rotational grazing system.


Landowners who received funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, to install rotational grazing systems are encouraged to attend.


Each meeting will be conducted in “pasture walk” format at a host landowner’s farm. The host will describe his/her system and, along with Dan Morrical, Iowa State University (ISU) professor, Animal Science, and Brian Peterson, state grassland conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, answer questions for attendees. ISU Extension livestock specialists and NRCS grassland conservationists will assist with programs located near their area of responsibility.



The following topics will be covered at each event: plant identification, manure distribution, decentralized watering systems, weed and brush control, managing forage heights, pasture condition scoring and contingency plans during weather crisis (too wet or dry).


Dates, Locations, and Cost

Each meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a light supper at 6 p.m. Dates, host landowners and locations are as follows:


            June 20 – Brian Sadler – Woodbury County

            June 21 – Don Peterson – Harrison County

            July 5 – Dan Hostetler – Decatur County

            July 6 – Sonny Kolbe – Guthrie County

            Aug. 22 – Sam Schrock – Davis County

            Aug. 23 – Linda Grice – Keokuk County

            Aug. 24 – Jim & Loraine Stevens – Poweshiek County

            Aug. 31 – Gene Tinker – Clayton County


Cost for the workshop is $20 and includes a new version of the popular ISU Extension publication, Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers, a three-ring binder with literature on various components of grazing systems and a light supper.


Registration and Contact Information

To register, send $20 to Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, 900 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, IA 50309-5549. Make checks payable to Iowa Forage and Grassland Council. Please include the date and location with payment.


Grazin’ Days - A Pasture Management Workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, NRCS, ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Leopold Center, Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee and Practical Farmers of Iowa.


For more details, contact Brian Peterson at (515) 323-2216 or Dan Morrical at (515) 294-2904.


Grazin’ Days Workshop Directions


June 20, Brian Sadler, Woodbury County

From U.S. Highway 20

Turn south on County Road L21. After going ½ mile south on L21 the road jogs ¼ mile west.  Turn south after this jog and travel 3 ½ miles south on County Road L21. The pasture is on the west side of the road.  (Signs will be posted at the pasture.)


From Anthon

At the northwest edge of Anthon on Highway 31 turn northwest on County Road D30.  Travel approximately 2 miles northwesterly to the intersection of D30 and L21. The pasture is in the northwest corner of the intersection of County Roads D30 and L21.


June 21, Don Peterson, Harrison County

From the north

From Logan take County Road L34 (located ¼ mile east of Logan on Highway 30) south 10 miles to Beebeetown, then ½ mile east on County Road F66 and the farm is on the south side.


From the East or West

Travel Interstate 680 to the Logan/Beebeetown exit.  Go north on County Road L34 to Beebeetown, then ½ mile east on County Road F66 and the farm is on the south side.


From the South (Council Bluffs area)

Take Highway 191 northeast 5 miles.  Then take County Road L34 north 15 miles to Beebeetown, then ½ mile east on County Road F66 and the farm is on the South side.


July 5, Dan Hostetler, 15528 110th St., Grand River, Decatur County

From Grand River: Take 125th Avenue north to the fork of 125th Avenue and 130th Avenue. Take 130th Avenue ¾ mile to 135th Street. Turn east on 135th Street and go east 3 miles.  The road will curve north and turn into 165th Avenue.  Go north on 158th Avenue to the second left (approximately 2 ¼ miles), which is 110th Street. Go west on 110th Street to the first place on the north side of the road.


From Osceola: Take Highway 34 west to County Highway R15, just west of the Murray turn-off.  Go south on R15 to the Decatur County Line.  Pavement will turn into 120th Avenue at the county line.  Continue south – 120th Avenue will turn into 107th Street, then 125th Avenue.  One-fourth mile after pavement turns into 125th Avenue, turn east on 110th Street.  Go 1 ¾ miles east on 110th Street to 142nd Avenue.  Go south on 142nd Avenue ½ mile to 115th Street.  Go east approximately ½ mile on 115th Street, which will then curve south and turn into 150th Avenue.  Continue south for ¾ mile to 122nd Street.  Go east on 122nd Street for ¾ mile to 158th Avenue.  Turn north on 158th Avenue and go 1 mile to 110th Street.  Go west on 110th Street to the first place on the north side of the road.


July 6, Sonny Kolbe Farm, Guthrie County

Located 9 miles North of the Junction of Highway 25 and Highway 44, 1 mile east on 140th Street, and 1/8 mile south on Oak Avenue.  OR  From the junction of Highway 25 and Highway 141 go 3 miles south on Highway 25, east 1 mile on 140th Street, and 1/8 mile south on Oak Avenue.


Aug. 22, Sam Schrock, Davis County

From the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 63 go south on Highway 63, 2 miles and turn west onto 240th Street.  Go ¾ mile and the farm is on the north side of the road.


Aug. 23, Linda Grice Farm, 25739 170th Street, South English, Keokuk County

From the South

At Sigourney, at the junction of Highway 92 and Highway 149N, go north 5 miles to 170th Street. Turn right (east) and go 3 miles.  House is on the north side of the road.


From the North

At Webster, at the junction of. Highway 22 and Highway 149, go south 2 miles to 170th Street. Turn left (east) 3 miles. House is on the north side of the road.


Aug. 24, Jim and Loraine Stevens, 4419 235th Street, Guernsey, Poweshiek County

From Interstate 80 go south on Highway 21.  Turn east on 445th Avenue into Guernsey.  Go through Guernsey on Cleveland Street (445th Avenue turns into Cleveland Street in town, then turns into 230th Street south of town). Continue southeast on 230th Street about 1 mile to 450th Avenue. Turn east on 450th Avenue to the first intersection.  Turn north on 235th Street. The second house is the Stevens.' 


Aug. 31, Gene Tinker,  Clayton County

South from Elkader on Highway 13 to County Road X3C (Grandview Road) to County Road X21 (Littleport Road) 2.3 miles south of Littleport.  Or from Edgewood ½ mile west on Highway then 6.5 miles north on County Road X21 (Littleport Road)



Contacts :

Daniel Morrical, Animal Science, (515) 294-2904, morrical@iastate.edu

Rachel Martin, Economics, (515) 294-9124, remartin@iastate.edu

Brian Peterson, Natural Resources Conservation Service, (515) 323-2216