Livestock tour today in Chatham

CHATHAM – An Upper Peninsula Pastured Livestock Tour will be offered Saturday, Sept. 10. starting at 1 p.m. at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center – South Farm, located at E3774 University Drive, Chatham. The event is free for anyone that is interested in or are raising livestock on pasture either commercially or for home consumption. Seats are limited.

Participants will get to tour two farms and will learn about grazing from A to Z, organizers said. Highlights include:

– Log Cabin Livestock, Ben and Denise Bartlett – beef and sheep grazing system utilizing holistic management principles to maximize production efficiency, evaluate your pastures, manage your grazing, environmental stewardship, herd health and on-farm profit.

– Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, Paul Naasz You will get a hay ride tour of the research station featuring a grass fed and finished beef system focusing on integration of cropping and livestock systems while supporting soil health along with watering systems.

– Satchell Farm – Erin and Michelle Satchell will share their experiences in raising pigs on their small-scale, diversified farm. Topics will include facilities and fencing, maintaining a small breeding herd, seasonal open-pen farrowing, pasture rearing, using locally available feeds, and direct marketing pork.

Transportation for the tour will be provided and DeBacker Family Dairy ice cream and refreshments will be served during the tour, sponsored by Hiawathaland Farm Bureau and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.

The tour is free, but registration is required. Submit a registration for each individual that is participating. This will ensure the most accurate count for transportation and refreshments. To register go to www.events.anr.msu.edu/PasturedLivestockTour/ .

The tour will start at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (E3774 University Drive, Chatham) at 1 p.m. If you need assistance in registering or special accommodations contact, Michelle Coleman at coleman98@msu.edu or (906) 439-58114 or for other questions call Holly Wendrick at (906) 428-1060, ext. 122.