Improving Environment and Well-Being Through Grazing
NW Graziers Annual Conference at LCO College on Sat, Mar. 2
The Northwest Wisconsin Graziers Network would like to invite you to attend this year’s annual
conference at the Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCO College) in Hayward that
will feature various methods and benefits for managed grazing. This conference should be of interest to
beginning as well as experienced graziers.
Brian Thomas, a member of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes, will give the keynote address, explaining how
he built commercial and registered Black Angus herds on tribal land in Idaho. In a second presentation,
he will explain the genetics of his herds. Lee Graese, owner of Northstar Bison in Haugen, including
farms and a slaughter plant, will explain the advantages of grazing bison and how he sets up
grower contracts. Dr. Debra Pearson, professor of nutrition and biochemistry at UW-Green Bay, will
talk about the nutritional advantages for humans from grass-fed livestock. Kara Berlage, co-owner
of North Star Homestead Farms and Homestead Creamery and Café in rural Hayward, will discuss
the advantages of multi-species grazing with sheep, hogs and poultry. Dr. Lynn Johnson, a grazing
consultant for NW Graziers and owner of a 100-head grass-fed beef herd near Turtle Lake, will talk
about managing forage inventories and discuss results from a study of bale weights and forage testing.
The conference will be held in the Pipestone Conference Room at the LCO College, 13380 W. Trepania
Road, Hayward on Sat, March 2 from 8:30-3:30. Registration and the trade show will start at 8:30 AM.
Recognition of the 2012 pasture walk hosts and an overview of the year’s accomplishments will begin at
9:00. To get to the College from Hayward, take Cty B east to the casino for 5 miles, turn right or south
on Cty K, go 4 miles, then turn left or east on Cty E, then immediately turn left on Trepania Road. Look
for the College on the left. From Stone Lake, go north on Hwy 27 for 4 miles, turn right on Cty K, go
about 6 miles, turn right on Cty E, then immediately turn left on Trepania Road. Watch for the signs.
Advance registration for the Conference, due by Friday, Feb 25, is $20 and includes a Native American
lunch, snacks and materials. Late registration is $30. For more information or to register, contact
UW Ag Agents Otto Wiegand or Kevin Schoessow at Spooner 715-635-3506, Amber Marlow at LCO
College 715-634-4790 x156, or Randy Gilbertson at NW Graziers 715-520-2112 or Lynn Johnson 715-