The Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC) in cooperation with Athens County Extension is sponsoring a Beef Grazing Tour on Wednesday, August 17 in Athens County. The tour will feature three host farms; Dave and Nancy Bircher located at 3253 Sargent Road in Lodi Township, Joe and Donna Marks located at 17222 Lawson Road in Lodi Township and Scott and Joanne Pfeiffer located at 4347 Marion Johnson Road in Alexander Township.
Each farm will highlight different management practices. The tour begins at the Bircher farm at 9:30 am. This stop will feature paddock development, water systems, lane access and pasture rotation management. The next stop is the Marks farm where the discussion will center on fall calving, stockpiling forage and pasture reseeding options. At the Marks farm a noon meal of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will be served. Following the noon meal we will drive to the final stop of the tour, the Pfeiffer farm. Highlights will include a discussion and demonstration of cattle linear measurement and a stock dog cattle handling demonstration.
Interested individuals will drive and park at each farm. For those who want to do some carpooling, plan to meet at the Athens Extension office at 9:00 am. The cost of the tour is $10 for OFGC members and $15 for non OFGC members. Checks can be made payable to OFGC. Reservations are requested to help with meal planning and tour organization. If there is a large response, a bus might be rented for the day. Please phone or email your reservation to the OFGC executive secretary, Sara Duvall by Wednesday August 10. Sara’s phone number is: 740-775-0860 and her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org . Reservations can also be phoned in to the Athens County Extension office at 740.593.8555. More information about the tour including driving directions is available on the Athens County Extension web site at: http://athens.osu.edu/topics/agriculture-and-natural-resources/grazing.