Alleman/Elkhart, Iowa | August 25, 2012
Small farm and acreage owners with grazing animals will want to attend the Pasture Walk Tour north of Ankeny near Elkart. You will view pastures designed for grazing beef, sheep and horses and hear from the farm owners and Iowa State University specialists about water, fencing and pasture management systems.
Iowa State University Extension staff will be present to discuss management options and answer questions. Attending will be:
- Steve Barnhart, Extension forage specialist
- Dale Miller, Master Equine Manager program coordinator
- Dan Morrical, Extension sheep specialist
- Peggy Miller, Extension equine specialist
- Joe Sellers, Extension beef field specialist
|1:30 pm||Registration opens (meet at the Tom Cory north farm tour location)|
|2:00||Tour of Tom Cory north farm - Tour topics: fencing, pastures, and water systems for beef and sheep|
|2:45||Travel to Cory home place|
|3:00||Refreshments - Cory home place - Tour topics: marketing and management of family raised meats and produce to local consumers.|
|3:30||Travel to Smith farm|
|3:45||Tour of Beth Smith horse farm and pasture - Tour topics: Rotational horse pastures, fencing, boarding, training and showing.|
|Optional activity for Master Equine Managers|
|4:30||Travel to Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Altoona, Iowa|
|5:00||John Hernandez, president, Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association|
|6:30||Quarter horse racing|
The tour begins at the Cory north farm, 1750 NE 134th Ave, Alleman, IA. Visit the Google Maps link to view location. The pasture is located 1 mile south of Alleman on Highway 69 and 1/2 mile east on 134th Ave. From I-35 exit 96 continue west 1/2 mile on 126th Ave, then north 1 mile on 22nd Street, then west 1/2 mile on 134th Ave. Tour topics include: fencing, pastures, and water systems for beef and sheep.
The second stop is at the Cory home farm, 10941 NE 56th St, Elkhart, IA. Google Maps link.
Information on the Cory Farm:
"Our animals are fed chemical-free grass and hay and supplemented with non-GMO corn. We do not use antibiotics or growth hormones. Our lambs, goats and beef are processed at the Mingo Locker. We now have grass-finished beef available."
For more information visit http://coryfamilyfarm.com.
Beth Smith farm
The final tour stop is the Beth Smith farm, 5780 NE 134th Ave, Elkhart, IA. Google Maps link.
Information on the Smith farm:
"My property has enabled me to keep my own horses, and also give lessons and train people and their horses for showing. I work with all stock type horses, and do board some of my students horses, which enables them to have their weekly lessons without having to trailer to my house. After buying the property, I divided the large North pasture into three, to enable rotation. Over the last two years, I had all of my fencing replaced with no-climb mesh horse fence."
Prairie Meadows Racetrack (optional tour for Master Equine Managers)
For more information
The program is sponsored by:
- Iowa Beef Center - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
- Master Equine Manager program
- Small Farm Sustainability program