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Pasture Walk at George Lake's Thistle Creek Farms

Posted: September 8, 2015

Blair Co. Conservation District, PA Agricultural Omsbudsman Program, Huntingdon Co. Conservation District, PA DEP and NRCS will be holding a pasture walk on October 8th at Thistle Creek Farms in Tyrone.

Date: Oct 8th (registration deadline Oct 1st)

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Thistle Creek Farms

                    4962 Greystone Lane

                    Tyrone, PA 16686

Cost: $10 (Check or Money Order ONLY) Make checks to BCCD

 

To register contact Beth Futrick at 814-696-0877 x113 or bfutrick@blairconservationdistrict.org Or, mail name, address, phone number and email with payment to BCCD, 1407 Blair St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

Agenda

 

9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:15 AM Kathy Soder-USDA—Agricultural Research Service–
Pasture Management & Grazing Behavior
10:15-10:30 AM AM Break
10:30—12:00 PM George Lake—Thistle Creek Farms
Tour of Pastures—Discussion of grazing corn throughout the winter, selecting grass species to fit the pasture, and
growing quality beef
12:00—1:00 PM Lunch - Catered by Eden View Farm and CSA
1:00—2:00 PM Warriors Mark Town & Country Animal Hospital
Animal Health on Pastures—vaccines and fly control
2:00—3:00 PM George Lake and Warriors Mark Fence Co
Tour of Pasture—Proper fence installation.

 

About the Farmer:

George rotates 500 head of Aberdeen Angus
cattle every day using his ATV and well-trained border collies. He uses many grasses in his
pasture cultivated from Czech Republic,
Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Romania. The grass variations and intensive rotation are used to develop a high quality grass-fed product on the best grasses from around the world.
His attention to management not only provides good food and healthy animals, but creates a
sustainable environment. Soil quality, reduction in soil loss, and nutrient management are part of this farm’s over-all goal. George grazes cattle year round, including when there is snow on the ground. He also has 100 head of sheep His herds are well fed and healthy on this management.

Financial support is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant, the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and
Accountability Program (CBRAP), and the Clean Water Fund.