grass We are pleased to announce a pasture walk on the properties of John Brickers’ Organic Grass Dairy and Steve Rockcastle’s Green Heron Growers on August 3rd, 2016 in Sherman, New York. This will be held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and will include a meal, which will feature 100% grass fed beef burgers, Shiitake mushroom tastings and other organic produce from Green Heron Growers. Agri-Dynamics Products, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Lakota Ranch, will sponsor this pasture walk. Facilitating the pasture walk will be Dr. Hue Karreman, DVM author of “The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally”, Jonathan Zieset from Zeiset Ag Consulting and Jeremy Engh from Lakota Ranch, Lakota Red Devons.

The main emphasis of this pasture walk will be to see Steve and John’s process to building soils and quality forage, which are the basics of grass production for meat and milk. Steve’s operation raises 100% grass fed Devon beef and has been using rotational grazing since he began his operation in 2008. With the use of genetics from the Red Devon breed, has been able to build high quality freezer beef operation. John Bricker has been certified organic since 2012 and uses New Zealand Holstein Friesian dairy genetics.

Through the use of rotational grazing (MIG), building the microbes in the soil with the use of Agri-Dynamic fertilizers and mineral balancing formulations, both farms have been able to optimize their operation to utilize high quality forages for their animals. We will be discussing animal health and genetic prepotency with Dr. Hue Karreman DVM, soil amendment applications and balancing the soil for quality grass production with Jonathan Zeiset and Cross-breeding techniques using Red Devon genetics with Jeremy Engh. Steve and John both utilize the Silvo Pasturing technology and there will be discussion on that process as well. To finish out the day, Steve will do a walk through of his newly built Humane Livestock Handling corral system designed by Temple Grandin from her book, “Humane Cattle Handling”.
We hope you will be able to join us in this informative and interactive pasture walk. Come join in the discussion, learn about soil sampling and how to understand what the results are telling you and speak with some of the best minds in the industry.

Advanced registration is requested by calling 716-720-3695 or email mailing srockcastle@gmail.com. , Green Heron Growers, 2361 Wait Corners Rd., Sherman, NY, 716-720-3695.