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Southeast Minnesota Forage Field Day and Dairy Tour

By Katie Drewitz, University of Minnesota Extension 

PRESTON and CALEDONIA, Minn. (08/01/2023) — Forage, beef and dairy farmers are invited to the Southeast Minnesota Forage Field Day & Dairy Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 8 in Spring Valley. With two great farm hosts, Valley Angus Farm and Heusinkveld Farms, the tours will look at grazing fields, fencing, water types, and alfalfa’s role in organic systems, as well as a heifer barn and tunnel-vented dairy barn.

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. at Valley Angus Farm. Prior to a field tour led by Dan Miller, participants will learn about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) resources for livestock producers and hear from farmers who have benefited from MDA’s cost-share programs. They will also learn about the pros and cons of different fencing and watering options and hear from Tom Cotter on methods to optimize the conservation and economic benefits of grazing cover crops. 

After the field tour at Valley Angus Farm, participants will move to Heusinkveld Farms for lunch served at noon. Prior to the tour of the farm’s dairy facilities led by Nate Heusinkveld, participants will hear about farmer resources offered by the event’s co-organizers Midwest Forage Association, Minnesota Diary Initiative, and University of Minnesota Extension, as well as a talk on carbon credits. 

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. at Valley Angus Farm, 23717 151st Ave, Spring Valley, MN, and is free to attend. At noon, lunch will be served at Heusinkveld Farms, 17526 County Hwy 5, Spring Valley, MN. (For meal planning purposes, please RSVP by emailing mfa@midwestforage.org or calling 651-484-3888). 

View an agenda and further details. 

The event is coordinated by the Minnesota Dairy Initiative – SE Region, Southeast Minnesota Forage Council, University of Minnesota-Extension and Midwest Forage Association.

If you need assistance with registration or have questions about this or any other Agriculture, Horticulture or Natural Resources topic please reach out to your Local Extension Educator. Residents in Fillmore and Houston counties can call 507-765-3896 or 507-725-5807.  

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