AMES, Iowa — Owners of small farms and acreages with grazing animals are invited to attend a specially organized pasture walk tour in central Iowa on Aug. 25. The Grazing Horses and Livestock on Small Acreages event features three stops with individual topics and demonstration options. The event is free with no preregistration required.
“Those who attend will view pastures designed for grazing beef, sheep and horses, and hear from the farm owners about water, fencing and pasture management systems in place,” said Joe Sellers, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “ISU Extension staff also will be available to discuss management options and answer questions.”
On-site registration opens at 1:30 on the Tom Cory north farm, 1750 NE 134th Ave, Alleman. The 2 p.m. tour includes viewing beef and sheep fencing, and water and pasture systems. The tour is followed by travel to the Cory home site at 10941 NE 56th St, Elkhart, where there will be refreshments, discussion and a tour on marketing and management of family-raised meats and produce. The group then goes to the Beth Smith farm at 5780 NE 134th Ave, Elkhart, to see and discuss rotational horse pastures, fencing, boarding, training and showing.
The tour portion concludes about 4:30 p.m. with an optional activity for Master Equine Managers at Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Altoona.
Program sponsors are Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension and Outreach, Master Equine Manager program and the Small Farm Sustainability program. For more information on this program, contact Sellers by phone at 641-774-2016 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps and directions to all locations are available on the program website.