Northwest PA Project Grass Plans Grazing and Fence Building Field Day at Elder Farms
The Northwest Chapter of Pennsylvania Project Grass will be holding a field day on July 22nd, at Elder Farms in Lawrence County Pa. The event is open to the public. The day will start at 9:00 at the farm located 3 miles south of New Wilmington just off of Route 956 in Wilmington Township, Lawrence County.
The Elder’s rotationally graze 75-commercial cows along with Dorper & Kathadhin hair sheep. Grazing begins in mid-April and runs through December. Late season grazing is on residual cornstalks along with brassicas and turnips. The cows are rotated every four to five days with rest periods of up to 45-days. Handling is accomplished using a “Bud Box” which eliminates a crowding tub before the cattle chute which can help in reducing stress. The brothers operate a fence construction business in addition to their farming operation. The tour will feature their grazing operation, handling facility and fence building skills.
The Lawrence County conservation district will provide information on Manure Management, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative will talk about proper soil testing and using the reports, Vanessa Philson a local Veterinarian and a representative from Merial pharmaceuticals will be reviewing parasite control and mineral programs.
The tour is sponsored by the Northwest Project Grass Chapter, Penn’s Soil RC&D, Lawrence County Conservation District, PA Grazing/Forage Lands Conservation Coalition and the USDA NRCS. Registration is necessary for the lunch and support materials. To register call the Lawrence County Conservation District, 724.656.2474 by Tuesday July 14th. The day will consist of outdoor activities please dress suitably.