SAUK CITY, Wis. — Landowners and farmers in Southwest Wisconsin are invited to an outdoor workshop that teaches how to build pasture fencing for beef cattle. “I teach planning, placement, and practicality of making fence. You’ll learn about fence types, mental and physical barriers, resources, costs, and preparation. You’ll also get to see how to use various fencing materials.” says Randy Cutler, owner of Cutler Fencing.
The workshop is part of the Mentorship Program for Future Livestock Farmers, which connects beginning livestock farmers to financial coaching, business mentorship, land, and training through the Southwest Badger RC&D Grazing Broker. The mentorship program is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The hosts of the fencing workshop are Dale Gasser and Judy Fossen, beef producers and beginning farmer participants in the mentorship program. “We have raised beef for 19 years but recently decided to transition to producing and direct-marketing grass-finished beef,” says Dale.
As part of the transition, Dale and Judy are working with the Sauk County Department of Conservation, Planning, and Zoning to convert 12 acres of cropland to a diverse pasture mix that will be utilized in a managed rotational grazing system. Sauk County provides technical and financial assistance to setup the system, including the fence that will be built during the workshop, through a variety of programs available to farmers and landowners.
The “Pasture Fencing for Startup Beef Farmers” workshop is scheduled for April 22, 2017 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Gasser Farm, E7415 Spring Drive, Sauk City, WI. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested by April 17 to Robert Bauer at 608-732-1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants who have applied to the mentorship program are eligible to participate in one-on-one hands-on training during 12:30 pm-3:00 pm; lunch will be provided to the mentees from 12-12:30 pm thanks to the Wisconsin Grassfed Beef Cooperative.
Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working in the Southwest Wisconsin region. The organization’s mission is to implement natural resource conservation and rural economic development in the area through education and best practices relating to agriculture, grassland, forests, and surface waters.
— Southwest Badger RC&D Council
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