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Brandon farm to demonstrate dairy grazing

A Brandon dairy farm will host a pasture walk on Wednesday, July 25, to demonstrate how dairies can use managed grazing to boost profits.

The walk is organized by two organizations with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency. It will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wagner Organic Dairy Farm, 9750 County Road 5 NW, in Brandon. It includes lunch,and there's no charge.

Conventional dairies often confine animals inside a building and have to feed them there and remove manure. Dairy grazing rotates cows through pastures, allowing them to feed themselves and distribute their manure themselves. Advocates say it reduces the need for labor and equipment.

The organizations, Green Lands Blue Waters and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, are conducting a series that highlights how successful dairy farmers across the upper Midwest improve profits. The day will include a discussion on measuring profitability and what factors contribute to it. Discussion will include how and when to effectively use pasture, range and forage insurance.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Bonnie Haugen at bonnie@dga-national.org or 507-421-7170. For more information on the project or other pasture walk dates, visit greenlandsbluewaters.net/Perennial_Forage/dairy.html.

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