Pope County Grazing Field Day

  • Jessica & Shane Blair farm, Starbuck, MN
  • RSVP to Bryan Simon, 320-492-2526, bsimon@landstewardshipproject.org

The Land Stewardship Project, Pope County USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Pope Soil and Water Conservation District are sponsoring the 2nd annual grazing field day in Pope County, Minn. The Grazing Field Day will consist of a tour of Shane and Jessica Blair's rotational grazing system where they will share information on their projects, which include fencing, watering systems, utilizing cover crops and grazing native pastures. LSP will provide an evening meal at 7 p.m.

The Blairs' operation is located south of Starbuck Minn.,, near Glacial Lakes State Park. Their operation consists of 40 cow/calf pairs and 300 ewes on 470 acres, of which over half is grazed. Shane and Jessica rotationally graze their animals on a combination of native grass and cool season grass pastures. At times during the grazing season they may move their animals daily. They feel their system is unique because they graze cattle and sheep following one another on the pasture.

Shane and Jessica believe in keeping the land covered. They also utilize cover crops for improving soil health and for added forage for their operation which allowed them to graze until December last year. The Blairs have worked on developing their native pastures. Some of the practices that the Blairs have installed to accomplish their goals include a solar well, fencing, cover crops, pasture seeding, winter water facilities with concrete pads, and deep buried pipeline.

To reserve a meal, please RSVP by the morning of July 15 by calling LSP's Bryan Simon at 320-492-2526.