Events

UPCOMING GRAZING EVENTS

“Principles & Practices of Adaptive Grazing”
Free Presentations & Pasture Walks with Dr. Allen Williams
Three Event Dates: September 24, 25, & 27 – All Events 4:30-7:00PM CST
Three Event Locations: Creal Springs, IL (Sept 24), Mulberry Grove, IL (Sept 25) &  Arrowsmith, IL (Sept 27)

Join soil and livestock expert Dr. Allen Williams for three farmer and rancher focused events on how to use adaptive livestock grazing to improve soil health, forage production and farm finances. Organized by the Pasture Project and hosted by three different livestock operations, the events will features a short presentation on adaptive grazing principles and pasture walk to demonstrate how adaptive management principles can be successfully put into practice on a range of different farm operations and landscapes. Tips on how to optimize economic and ecological benefits of adaptive management will be covered, as will how to troubleshoot common challenges faced during the transition to adaptive management.

While all events will cover the fundamentals of adaptive grazing, each pasture walk will focus on the unique livestock operation of the host farm. Beef cow, dairy cow, and sheep operations will be featured and the hosting farmers will join Dr. Williams to share how they have transitioned to adaptive management, including some of the challenges they’ve overcome. Host farms include:

Sept, 24, 2018:  Jeff Beasley — Beasley Family Farm – Beef Cattle
(7336 Stonefort Road, Creal Springs, IL)

Sept, 25, 2018:  Ashley Snow Osborne & Tony Snow – Snow Dairy Farm – Dairy Cattle
(1468 N. 100 Street, Mulberry Grove, IL)

Sept. 27, 2018:  Elton & Spring Mau – Circle M Farm – Sheep
(31086 E 1300 N Rd., Arrowsmith, IL)

PLEASE NOTE: ALL EVENTS ARE FROM 4:30-7:00PM CT

Supper will be served during Dr. Williams’ presentation free of charge.

Registration deadline: September 21, 2018.  Register online: http://bit.ly/IllinoisAdaptiveGrazing2018

Please contact Pasture Project at PastureProject@winrock.org with questions or for more information.


COMPLETED WEBINARS & RECORDINGS

WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 1: Introduction to Adaptive Grazing w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the first of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will help farmers and land managers understand the essential principles and practices of using adaptive grazing management practices to build healthy and productive soil while building a profitable and diverse farm enterprise.
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WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 2: Principles & Practices of Adaptive Grazing (Compound, Diversify & Disrupt) w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the second of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will expand on three specific principles and associated practices necessary for successful adaptive grazing and management systems. The Principles of Compounding, Diversity, and Disruption will be reviewed and broken down into manageable actions that any farmer, grazier, or landowner can take.
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WEBINAR: Adaptive Grazing 101 – Part 3: Successfully Implementing Adaptive Grazing Principles: Case Studies w/ Dr. Allen Williams
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
In the third and final session of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Williams will tie together adaptive grazing theory and practice by sharing case studies of farmers and graziers from different backgrounds that have successfully transitioned and grown their adaptive grazing and management operations.
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WEBINAR: Financial Planning and Funding Options for Successful Grazing
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch), Paul Dietmann (Compeer Financial), Ben Wojahn (Vernon Co. Land & Water Conservation Dept.)
This webinar will cover the basic financial concepts and practices related to a successful grazing operation, including a step-by-step demonstration of helpful decision-support tools such as the Pasture Project’s Pasture Raised Beef Calculator and more. Private and public financing options will also be introduced, compared, and distilled down into essential eligibility requirements.
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WEBINAR: Creating a Whole Farm or Grazing Plan: Who/What/When/Why/How
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Rod Ofte (Willow Creek Ranch) & John Zinn (Pasture Project)
Developing a whole farm plan or a grazing plan is a great way for a new or established graziers to think through the adding additional or stacked enterprises that will maximize the economic and ecological health of their farm on both the short and long-term. The webinar’s expert presenters will share what plans are appropriate to develop and the process needed to ensure they are both comprehensive and achievable. The webinar will also cover how these plans can be used to improve financial planning and access to capital.
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WEBINAR: Establishing Optimal Forage Chains for Livestock Grazing
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Kent Solberg (Sustainable Farming Association)
Ensuring access to sufficient, high-quality forage is critical for optimizing the health and productivity of livestock in a rotational grazing operation. In this webinar, Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will share how beginning and established graziers can incorporate diverse annual, perennial, and stored forage options into their grazing plans throughout the year. This will include information on the types of forage, annual forage cycles, optimal herd rotations, common challenges, and creative solutions. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of adaptive management principles.
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WEBINAR: Contract Cattle Grazing and Establishing Grazing Leases
Date: Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Robert Bauer (Southwest Badger RC&D) & Mike Mueller (Double M Cattle Company)
Accessing land for pasture-based livestock production, particularly adaptive grazing, can be a barrier for beginning or established graziers to start or expand their herds. Contract grazing provides a solution to this challenge by using grazing leases to connect graziers and landowners for mutual gain. By providing access to forage without ownership, contract grazing helps graziers increase their forage stock and herd productivity while generating soil health and other income for land owners. In this webinar, Robert Bauer, Grazing Specialist with Southwest Badger RC&D, and Mike Mueller, Owner of Double M Cattle Company, will share the fundamentals of contract grazing and how it can most effectively be applied, including contract arrangements, negotiation strategies and conservation planning.  
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WEBINAR: Grazing Cover Crops: Planning and Infrastructure
Date: Monday, July 23 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Kent Solberg (Sustainable Farming Association)
Introducing cover crop rotations is increasingly proven to protect and improve soil health and cash crop productivity. Grazing cover crops with cattle is an excellent way to make this beneficial practice more impactful and profitable. But the right planning, relationships, and infrastructure are needed to ensure grazing cover crop success. In this webinar, Kent Solberg, Livestock and Grazing Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will share field-tested best practices for successfully integrating cover crops and adaptive grazing, including species selection, cover crop establishment, forage chain integration, temporary infrastructure, lease options, and more. 
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WEBINAR: Achieving Financial Success with Grazing Cover Crops
Date: Monday, July 30 2018 7:00-8:30PM CDT
Presenters: Meghan Filbert (Practical Farmers of Iowa)
The economic case for using cover crops within row crop production is strengthened by integrating cattle grazing. Successfully doing so can offset the cost of winter feed for livestock, improve soil health and potentially increase crop productivity. In this webinar, Meghan Filbert, Livestock Program Manager at Practice Farmers of Iowa (PFI), will introduce the best management principles and practices for maximizing the economic value of cover crops. The webinar will highlight three Iowa farms who practice cover crop grazing, including multi-year net profit data. The newly released “Economics of Cover Crops” decision making tool co-developed by PFI and Iowa State University will also be shared so that webinar attendee can utilize it for their own operations.
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WEBINAR: Understanding Grass-fed Beef Logistics: Transport, Processing, Distribution
Running a successful grass-fed production process is only possible and sustainable on the long-term when appropriate and efficient logistics are in place. In this webinar, Rod Ofte of Willow Creek Ranch and the Wisconsin Meadows Grass Fed Beef Cooperative and Mike Lorentz of Lorentz Meats will share decades of experience moving cattle from pasture to processing to the plate. Focus will be placed on how to sync your business plan, on-farm infrastructure, and production schedules to optimize the benefits of the livestock on the land with positive and predictable cash flow. The webinar will also focus on the options for slaughter (on-farm, state plants, federal plants) and how to choose the processing option that will help—not hurt—your operation.
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WEBINAR: How Grass-fed Can Save the Family Dairy Farm
The dairy industry is changing rapidly—consolidation and vertical integration of production and supply chains, as well as market trends, are having a significant impact on the future viability of family dairy farms in the Midwest and beyond. In this webinar, Laura Paine of Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship will review the history and current forces driving these changes, the subsequent regional impacts (economic, environmental, and social), and how grass-fed markets can provide opportunities for family farms to adapt and thrive. Through DGA’s research and case studies of farm transitions, this webinar will show how farms in states such as Wisconsin—America’s Dairyland—can use regenerative grazing, dairy processing expertise, and high quality specialty products to create healthy and profitable products that preserve terroir while improving ecosystems. 
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WEBINAR: Options for Marketing Your Grass-fed Beef & Dairy
Even the most productive and efficient grass-fed beef and dairy operations will struggle to be profitable if they are unable to successfully market their product. In this webinar will feature three presenters who work with grass-fed producers to help ensure the quality of their practices and resulting product achieves profitable market recognition: Rod Ofte of Willow Creek Ranch and Wisconsin Meadows Grass-fed Beef Cooperative will share what it means to be 100% grass-fed in the beef industry and how to achieve a price premium in direct and wholesale markets, including what’s needed to transition to grass-fed production that meets the protocols of branding programs such as Wisconsin Meadows. Adam Warthesen of Organic Valley will share some of the current trends on the grass-fed dairy market and how producers can navigate the often-confusing standards necessary for marketing grass-fed products. Finally, Al Hass—also of Organic Valley—will share some of the challenges of transitioning to grass-fed dairy that he commonly sees when working with producers and how to overcome them. 
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