CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — David and Tammy Peasley along with their son, Will Peasley, will host a Graze River Country pasture walk at their dairy farm in Black River Falls this Saturday, July 8. The walk, co-hosted by River Country RC&D and Wisconsin Farmers Union, will highlight the Peasleys’ pasture layout and land conservation projects to move cattle to grazing acres.
Peasley Dairy Farm started in 1876 and is now a sixth generation farm. Several years ago the Peasley family began implementing an intensive grazing system on the farm with a few challenges in getting the cows from the facilities to the pasture land. They have been innovative in how to get the cows across the creek and have constructed a bridge and lanes for ease of cattle movement. Will has also started to transition the farm to organic dairy production.
Directions: From I-94 at Black River Falls, travel north on State Highway 27/12 to N7271 Highway 12, Black River Falls. The farm is on the left hand side of the highway.
“Wisconsin Farmers Union recognizes not only the conservation benefits of grazing but also the potential for grazing events to build community among farmers in the region,” said WFU Executive Director Tom Quinn. “We’re looking forward to getting out on a number of farms across western Wisconsin and seeing some of the innovative practices happening in the grazing network.”
There will be a pie social after the pasture walk. Please RSVP to Mary C. Anderson at 715-579-2206. For more information about upcoming walks, visit the events page at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com or www.rivercountryrcd.org.
The Graze River Country pasture walk series is a cooperative effort of River Country RC&D and Wisconsin Farmers Union and will highlight graziers across western Wisconsin this summer and fall. Other upcoming walks include:
- Fri., July 21, 10am-4pm, Mark and Heather Flashinski’s Farm Sweet Farm, 16294 250th St., Cadott. Multi-species 15-year grazing operation and the GrassWorks Annual Picnic.
- Sat., Aug. 12, 1-3pm, Randy and Liz Mittag farm, N6834 County Road E, River Falls. Grazing system establishment and dealing with excess flooding, establishing waterways, beef cow-calf and Hereford genetics.
- Sat., Aug. 19, 10am-12pm, Brad Midtling, Townside Jerseys, 2891 U.S. Hwy. 12, Wilson. Lane improvements and organic dairy.
- Tues., Aug. 29, 6:30pm, Ashly and Stacy Steinke, Sedge Wood Farms, 30101 190th Ave., Cornell. The beginning stages of starting a beef farm and conversion from row crops to grass pasture.
- Fri., Sept. 8, 12-3pm, Joe and Kristy (Rosemary) Lulich, 63375 U.S. Hwy. 63, Mason. Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and pasture layout improvements.
- Sat., Sept. 23, 11am-3pm, Charles Flodquist and John Richmond, 12454 20th St., Colfax. Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, farm transition tips and the River Country RC&D Annual Picnic.
- Sat., Oct. 28, 10am-12pm, Brad and Melissa Larson, N10688 Cty. Rd. M, Colfax. Fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation.
— Wisconsin Farmers Union
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