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Terpstra family to host UW-Extension event Sept. 8

A UW-Extension beef cow/calf producer meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 , 6 p.m., at the Terpstra family farm located at 424 - 225th St., Baldwin.

The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with an open house for the new beef facility constructed at the Terpstra farm. In the summer of 2015 the Terpstra’s lost their dairy barn to fire. Shortly after, the decision was made to disperse the dairy herd and transition to beef and expand their sheep flock. Planning soon began for new facilities. The new beef barn will be open to viewing, which features headlocks, drive-by feeding, bedded pack and scrape alleys, and an in-progress load out and handling area.

Our educational program will start at approximately 6:45 p.m. Mark Renz, UW-Extension weed specialist, will be leading a discussion on pasture weed management. The quality and quantity of home grown forages greatly impacts the profitability of our cow/calf operations.

Learn how some weeds are just a cosmetic eye sore, to those that can reduce pasture yields by more than 70 percent. Also learn how grazing management, mowing, or herbicide use fit into a weed management plan. A representative from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Agency will also be on hand to present on the rules and regulations for direct marketing your own beef.

Directions to the Terpstra Farm are: From the intersection of I-94 and Hwy. 63 in Baldwin, travel south approximately 1.2 miles to County Hwy. N. Turn east on Hwy. N for approximately 1.25 miles. The farm is located on the north side of Hwy. N on 225th Street (225th Street is also the farm driveway).

There is no cost for this program, but pre-registration is kindly requested for planning purposes. For more information, call Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County Agriculture Agent, at 715-531-1930, or email ryan.sterry@ces.uwex.edu.

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