The Louisiana Grazing Lands Conservation Institute is hosting three events this week that may be of interest to Louisiana farmers and ranchers.
A pasture walk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at Four Oaks Farm in Morganza, Louisiana. Four Oaks is a family owned business operated by four brothers: Mitch, Mark, Matt and Marty. The grow sugarcane, crawfish, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat and cattle. Four years ago they added cattle to their operation because a piece of land in the Morganza Spillway wasn’t suitable for growing crops. At this event, Matt will share how he transformed his crop acreage into a healthy pasture used for rotational cattle grazing. He will also be planting ryegrass during the event using a no-till method. The event is $5 per person at the gate and a catered lunch will be provided. Click here for more information on this event.
On Friday, September 21st, LGLCI is hosting a Veterans Field Day for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers on Brandon and Laure Breaux’s farm in Washington, Louisiana. The Breauxs will give insight on the planning and development stages of establishing their small to medium scale local farm and ranch. Experienced small and medium scale cattle, sheep, goat, chicken and vegetable producers will also be present and speaking at this event. This is a free event and lunch will be provided. Click here for more information on the Veterans Field Day for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.
A second Pasture Walk will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at Local Cooling Farms in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Grant and Kate Estrade graze cattle, chickens, goats, ducks and pigs on their farm. In part one of this event, Grant will discuss the benefits of adding compost to the pasture. In part two, Grant will discuss his experience of establishing silvopasture on his property. The event is $5 per person at the gate, which will include a delicious lunch. Click here for more information on this Pasture Walk.