Date(s) - August 17, 2011
9:00 am - 6:00 am


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The tour will highlight beef grazing possibilities in southeast Ohio in the Athens area. Join OSU Extension Educator Rory Lewandowski and others to see and hear how these graziers are managing their farms. The tour will consist of three stops; meet at the Athens Extension office at 9 a.m. or the first farm at 9:30 a.m.

Stop #1: Bircher Farm: 9:30 am – Dave & Nancy Bircher, 3253 Sargent Rd., Guysville OH 45735

The Bircher Farm boasts good pasture management, the development of paddocks, water systems and lane access on hilly terrain.  Dave and Nancy will also talk about their EQIP projects and will show off their multi-species grazing of a small flock of sheep.

Stop #2: Marks Farm 11 a.m. – 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 to protect paddocks over the last couple years.  Joe will talk about his plans to include more fall calving in the future.  Other topics that will be discussed will be limitations to grazing systems, reseeding options, and fall stockpiling.  Hamburger lunch will be provided at this stop.

Stop #3: Pfieffer Farm 2 pm. Scott & Joanne Pfeiffer: 4347 Marion Johnson Rd, Athens OH 45701

Hear Scott 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 and this should prove to be an interesting demonstration.

For more information or to call in your reservation, call Sara Duvall at 740-775-0860 or email email to [email protected].

Please reserve your spot by Aug. 10, 2011. Cost: Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council members, $10;  Nonmembers   $15.