Friday, July 29, 2011

Ohio Forage & Grasslands Summer 2011 Beef Tour

This year’s Ohio Forage and Grasslands Summer Beef tour will be held Wednesday, August 17. The tour will highlight beef grazing in Southeast Ohio near Athens. Join OSU Extension Educator Rory Lewandowski and others to see and hear how these graziers are managing their farms.

The tour will consist of 3 stops. Meet at the Athens Extension office at 9:00 am - 280 West Union Street, Athens, OH 45701, Phone: (740) 593-8555, or the first stop farm at 9:30.

Stop #1: 9:30 am Bircher Farm
Dave & Nancy Bircher, 3253 Sargent Rd., Guysville OH 45735
The Bircher Farm boasts good pasture management, development of paddocks, water systems and lane access on hilly terrain. Dave and Nancy will also talk about their EQIP projects and show off their multi species grazing of a small flock of sheep.

Stop #2: 11:00 am Marks Farm
Joe & Donna Marks: 17222 Lawson Rd., Guysville OH 45735
The Marks Farm uses both spring and fall calving and just completed an EQUIP project to construct a heavy use pad. Joe will talk about his plans to include more fall calving in the future. Other topics will be limitations to grazing systems, reseeding options, and fall stockpiling. A hamburger lunch will be served.

Stop #3: 2:00 pm Pfieffer Farm
Scott & Joanne Pfeiffer: 4347 Marion Johnson Rd, Athens OH 45701
Scott will address linear measurement of cattle and selection of cattle for pasture based systems. See firsthand a cattle handling demonstration using his dogs. Scott is an avid trial dog competitor. This should prove to be an interesting demonstration.

For more information or to call in your reservation, call Sara Duvall at 740-775-0860.
Please Reserve your spot by August 10, 2011
Tear off and send to: Ohio Forage and Grassland Council,
849 Ault Rd. Chillicothe, OH 45601, or email to

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OFGC Members: $10.00 Non-members $15.00