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Douglas County Grazing Initiative holds conference

The newly developed Douglas County Grazing Initiative in partnership with Douglas County UW-Extension, Lake Superior Graziers, Northwest Graziers and USDA are holds its first conference 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Siren. The session will be held at Tesora Conference Center on Highway 35.

All those currently grazing livestock or considering doing so are invited to attend. Douglas County residents should contact Jane Anklam, UW-Extension agriculture educator to register at 715-395-1515. The $20 registration fee is waived for Douglas County residents.

“Managed grazing in our region is an economically and environmentally sustainable practice,” said Anklam. “Our soils respond well to permanent grass cover and so do the livestock. In addition, consumers are continuing to demand grass fed meats. We can deliver a fine product.” 

The conference includes sessions on weed control in pastureland, cover crops to extend the grazing season, management of woodlots as grazing land, and the concept of “mob grazing.” A locally grown grass-fed lunch is served.

“These farmer-led networks are an excellent way for experience and information to exchanged,” Anklam said. “Learning from your local farmer makes the most sense and is shown to drive success for our agribusinesses.”