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PFI Field Day: Optimizing the Herd Through Grass-fed Genetics

Event Details

July 13, 2015 10:00 AM — July 13, 2015 4:00 PM
Location: Rapid Creek Ranch
3727 Calkins Ave. SW
Oxford, IA 52322
Contact Name: Practical Farmers of Iowa
Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Phone: (515) 232-5661
Website: practicalfarmers.org

Event Description

Over the last 20 years, Doug has transitioned his conventional row crop farm into pasture that supports mob-grazed, grass-fed beef cattle. Doug will discuss his recent purchase of two Pharo bulls and his breeding plan for optimizing grass-based genetics in his Angus herd. Pat Wall, from ISU Extension, will share his expertise on genetic selection and carcass quality. Discussion will focus on paddock layouts, intensive grazing and a demonstration of the farm’s cattle handling facilities. Justin, Doug’s son will also discuss the broiler and layer operation and how the poultry flock are incorporated into the grazing system. The morning session will provide an overview. After a noon lunch break, those interested in sticking around will participate in a more in depth discussion.

•Livestock handling facilities
•Mob grazing
•Pastured poultry

The Farm:
Rapid Creek Ranch encompasses 160 acres of grass utilized for the production of grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and free-range eggs. Eighty acres of the total were rescued from row crop production 3 years ago.

Take Exit 230 off I-80. Head south for 2 miles on Blackhawk Avenue; go to a stop sign. Turn left (east) on IWV road and drive for approximately 1/2 mile. Turn left onto Calkins Ave and watch for signs.

Grilled hamburgers provided for lunch. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. No RSVP needed.