Grazing Field Day Aug. 10 at Fire Rock Farm Near Starbuck

STARBUCK, Minn. — Do you want to get a firsthand look at how one Pope County farm is utilizing rotational grazing of pastures and cover crops to produce livestock? There will be a field day and pasture walk on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Shane and Jessica Blair's Fire Rock Farm near Starbuck (24245 County Rd. 41). This event is free and open to the public and it will end with a light supper. For more information, contact Bryan Simon at 320-492-2526 or bsimon@landstewardshipproject.org.

The Blairs have an innovative cattle and sheep rotational grazing system involving warm and cool season grasses, as well as cover crops following annual crops. The field day will include tours and presentations related to native pastures, fencing systems, a solar well system and cover crops. Further information will be provided about the Haney Soil Health Test, cover crop strategies and managing RIM (Reinvest in Minnesota) land.

DIRECTIONS: Fire Rock Farm is four miles straight south of Starbuck. Heading south of Starbuck on Highway 29, take County Road 41 continuing south. The farm is on the west side of County Road 41.

This event is being sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project, the Pope County Soil and Water District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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