Shanen and Beau Ebersole who own and operate Ebersole Cattle Company at Kellerton in southern Iowa, invite you to their farm to see how they raise quality beef while caring for the soil, air and water.
They will explain how they are extending the grazing season, their strategies for providing a good mix of nutrients and supplements for their cattle and their keys to successful cattle breeding genetics. The event is sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ebersoles have had a cow-calf operation (ranging from 80 to 300 head) for more than 10 years, and have been producing pasture-based beef for the past five years. They sell their meat through farmers' markets, online and wholesale. Building herd efficiency and improving cattle temperament for easier handling will also be discussed. A potluck will follow at 5 p.m. Beef and beverages will be provided; please bring a side dish to share.
Being flexible in using available forages is key to feeding economically
"We are excited to explain what we are doing to be more profitable," says Shanen. "Being flexible when it comes to using available forages is the key to feeding animals economically."
Ebersole Cattle Co. is located at 1935 280th Ave., Kellerton, IA 50133. To get there from I-35, go west on Hwy 2 through Kellerton to P-64. Next go north 4 miles, then west on 200th St. for 1 mile, then north on 280th for about 3/4 mile. The Ebesole's house is the only house on that road.
Practical Farmers of Iowa and its members are hosting more than 30 field days in 2011. Most field days are free, and everybody is welcome to all of them. For a copy of the 2011 Field Day Guide, you can call the PFI office at 515.232.5661 or down load a printable PDF at practicalfarmers.org/events/field-days.html.
Practical Farmers of Iowa recognizes the following sustaining sponsors: Albert Lea Seedhouse, American Natural Soy, Iowa Farmers Union, ISU Extension, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Seed Savers Exchange, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, in addition to the following major sponsors: Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), CROPP Cooperative of Organic Valley/Organic Prairie Family of Farms and Iowa State University Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. This field day was also made possible with funding from Iowa Beef Center and Animal Welfare Approved.
Founded in 1985, PFI is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information call 515-232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.