Pasture Walk – Robotic Milkers
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2013
Andy’s Organic Dairy/Andy Jaworski
4863 Meadow Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54313
Dairy farming has always been a part of Andy Jaworski, he is now making a life at what he has always enjoyed being a part of. Growing up on the 130 plus acre dairy farm he now is operating, Andy has always enjoyed most of the tasks and responsibilities it takes to make a good farmer. After attending the 2007 Grassworks Grazing Conference Andy knew this was the type of farming was for him. Being greatly interested in the concepts and ideology of grazing his vision for farming was forming. To enhance the hands on knowledge that Andy had gained he also earned an undergrad degree in finance from UW-Milwaukee and followed that up with the UW-Madison Farm & Industry short course, which promotes more hands on practical experience. Andy then entered into a milkshare arrangement with a local successful grazing organic dairy farmer. When the time came for Andy to strike out on his own he decided to invest in robotic milkers which are designed to make milking more efficient and profitable. Robotic milkers allow the cows to come in and get milked on their schedule not the farmers.
Topics: Robotic milking and related herd health
Please dress weather and farm appropriate.
Directions: Hwy 29 west to County U turn North on U. First right onto Glendale. 1 mile left on to Marley. Marley turns in to Cnty Hwy C at the next stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign. First road on the left Meadow Dr. It is a dead end- the farm at the end of the road.
Sponsored by Glacierland RC&D, Organic Valley and NRCS
Questions: Contact 920.465.3006
Grazing Heifers Training
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Brown County UW-Extension
1:30pm High Density Rotational Grazing with Dairy Heifers – Speaker: Wayne Craig
Wayne will give a hands-on presentation of the many benefits to raising dairy heifers on grass from economics to animal health. He will lay out simple practical management tips that first time graziers can use to be successful. Much has changed since rotational grazing first came on the scene in the 90s. Wayne will discuss the latest tools and techniques.
2:30pm Developing dairy heifers using pasture-based feeding strategies – Speaker: Rhonda Gildersleeve
Rhonda will cover the relevant research on the benefits and economics of incorporating well-managed pastures in dairy heifer development systems
Wayne and his wife, Kay, manage an 80 cow organic dairy near New Holstein in Calumet County. They have 300 acres in managed pasture and graze their cows, bred heifers and calves. They have been grazing for over 21 years.
Prior to farming Wayne worked for the Farm Credit System for 11 years. The first 8 years in east central Wisconsin as a loan officer, Branch Manager and Asst. Vice President. Then as a Credit Analyst for the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives for 3 years in St Paul, Minnesota. He grew up on a dairy farm near Ettrick, (Trempealeau County) Wisconsin and received a BS in Dairy Science from UW-Madison.
UW Extension Grazing Specialist Rhonda Gildersleeve has worked with agricultural producers in California and Wisconsin on profitable and environmentally sound grazing-based production systems for beef, sheep, and dairy cattle. A native of Grant County, Wisconsin, Rhonda received a B.S. from UW-River Falls, and also holds M.S. (University of Florida) and Ph.D. (Texas A&M University) degrees with emphasis on pasture and rangeland management. In her spare time, Rhonda manages her own pasture-based dairy farm near Boscobel, WI.
Questions: Contact 920.465.3006