WERNERSVILLE, Pa. — Lancaster County Graziers and Pennsylvania Certified Organic will hold a pasture walk June 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Forrest Stricker’s Spring Creek Farms.
Participants will walk the pastures and talk animal performance and pasture condition with Ian Mitchell-Innes, Mark Bader, Ned MacArthur and Forrest Stricker.
Stricker has been grazing his dairy cows since 1993, and has been certified organic with PCO since 1999.
Stricker adopted Ian’s taller grazing techniques after hearing him speak in May of 2011. No grain has been fed to calves or cows since April 2011.
The 135 cow dairy herd is supplemented with Mark Bader’s Cornerpost, molasses and soybean oil at varying amounts throughout the year, depending on the grass maturity stage.
The field day will be held on Stricker’s Spring Creek Farm located at 3880 N. Church Street in Wernersville, Pa.
The event will include a pasture walk with Ian Mitchell-Innes, cow grazing observations, as well as discussion on pasture condition ahead and behind the cows, cow condition and behavior.
The day will also include a discussion on 100 percent grass-fed milk markets in the Northeast, and energy supplements for forage-based cows during different times of the year.
Lunch is included. Register now for an early bird Discount of $95 for the first person and $50 for each additional person from the same farm.
After June 2, registration fees are $150 for the first person and $50 for additional people from the same farm. To register call Lia at 814-422-0251, or register and pay online at http://www.paorganic.org/education/june-20-ian-mitchell-innes.