Pasture Walk Field Day Planned for Aug. 3 near Bedford

July 13, 2017, 8:21 am | Elizabeth Ripley

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a two-stop pasture walk field day on Thursday, Aug. 3. The 5-8 p.m. field day is hosted by Kurt Rowan and Paul Ackley, rural Bedford. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Pasture health and management play a large role in maintaining livestock health and nutrition.  These topics and more will be covered during the tour by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists Joe Sellers and Chris Clark. The pasture walk will begin in a well-established pasture owned by Kurt Rowan. He will discuss his pasture and herd management to maintain a healthy pasture system. The second stop on the tour will feature a newly established pasture enrolled in the Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project and owned by Paul Ackley. Following dinner at the second site, Ackley and Erin Ogle, project coordinator, will discuss and answer questions about establishing a good pasture.

The field day will begin at Kurt Rowan’s farm: 1776 322nd St., Bedford, IA 50833. At 6 p.m. dinner will be served at Paul Ackley’s farm: 3018 Maryland Ave., Bedford, IA 50833. From Bedford, head south on IA-148/S Madison Street for about 6.3 miles. Turn right to go west on 322nd Street. The destination will be on the south side of the road.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

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  • Liz Juchems, ILF event coordinator, 515-294-5429
  • Erin Ogle, Taylor County Water Quality Initiative Project Coordinator, 712-523-2118, extension 305
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