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Pasture walk and field day invites you

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. -- Lancaster County Graziers and Pennsylvania Certified Organic have jointly planned a field day and pasture walk for Friday, June 20, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Forrest Stricker's Spring Creek Farm, near here. Attendees will walk the pastures and talk animal performance and pasture condition with Ian Mitchell-Innes, Mark Bader, Ned MacArthur and Forrest Stricker.

Forrest Stricker has been grazing his dairy cows since 1993, and he has been certified organic with PCO since 1999. Forrest adopted Ian's taller grazing techniques after hearing him speak in May 2011. No grain has been fed to calves or cows since April 2011. The 135-cow dairy herd is supplemented with Mark Bader's Cornerpost, molasses and soybean oil at varying amounts throughout the year depending on the grass maturity stage.

The day will also include a discussion on 100% grass-fed milk markets in the Northeast, and energy supplements for forage-based cows during different times of the year. Lunch is included.

Register now for an early bird discount of $95 for the first person and $50 for each additional person from same farm. After June 2 registration fees are $150 for the first person and $50 for additional persons from same farm. To register, please call Lia at 814-422-0251 or register and pay online at http://www.paorganic.org/education/june-20-ian-mitchell-innes

Stricker's farm is located at 3880 N. Church Street, Wernersville.