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PFI Field Day: Starting an Operation with Contract Grazing

Event Details

September 3, 2015 6:00 PM — September 3, 2015 8:30 PM
Location: Schulte Farm
1053 T Ave.
Norway, IA 52318
Contact Name: Practical Farmers of Iowa
Email: info@practicalfarmers.org
Phone: 5152325661
Website: practicalfarmers.org

Event Description

This event is in partnership with Iowa County Farm Bureau and Price Creek Watershed


The afternoon will showcase a wide variety of ideas, options and solutions put into practice with cattle and conservation in mind. John Schulte and his son Travis lease pasture to a neighboring farmer using contractual agreements. Joe Sellers and Ed Cox will discuss contract grazing arrangements, and share resources. The tour of two farms will provide insight into planning the infrastructure to support a grazing operation. A water quality project, beef handling facilities and cover crops will be highlights. Both of these farms are undergoing a massive revitalization from neglect to pictorial; John will explain the transition.

•Contract grazing
•Pasture renovation
•Planting two crops at once
•Dealing with fescue
•Monoslope barn
•Alley with Bud Box
•Pasture corral for handling and loading
•Goats for brush control
•Generational transition
•New types of fencing products in use

John Schulte, owner – Tour guide
Travis Schulte, owner – Custom grazing
Dan Gerhold – Grazing customer
Joe Sellers, ISU Beef Field Specialist
Ed Cox, lawyer, – Agricultural law

The Farm:
Woodlawn currently consists of about 600 acres. The primary enterprise is a cow-calf operation of grass genetics. The primary crops are hay, cover crops, summer annuals, pasture and 20 acres of conventional corn. The Schultes utilize various forms of rotational grazing with multiple types of water sources.

From Amana: Take U.S. 151 north 3.2 miles, turn left on 110th Street and go 3 miles, then turn right on T Avenue; Woodlawn will be in 1/2 mile.
From Norway: At the west end of town, go south on 29th Avenue for 2.7 miles; go straight on T Avenue 1/2 mile to Woodlawn.

Catered lunch provided. RSVP Requested. RSVP for meal:
Lauren Zastrow, lauren@practicalfarmers.org, (515) 232-5661 by Monday, August 31