Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 12, 2000, Image 33

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    Speakers at the Southeast Grazing Conference were from left Jeff Wolfe,
7 d ® m ® County farmer; Dr. Gerald Fry, reproduction specialist from Arkansas;
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UwcMter Farming, Saturday, i-eoruary 12, 2000-A33
Grazing Conference Shows
How Gold Is In Grass
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) 165 producers recently
attended the seventh annual
Southeast Grazing Conference
at the Solanco Fairgrounds in
Quarryville. The theme for this
year’s conference was “Gold Is
In The Grass.”
Out of the 165 producers at
tending the conference, about 30
farmers were new to the grazing
arena. Debra Young of West
Grove was one of them. Young
farms with her husband Charles
on Pure-Ayr Farms, where they
milk 70 Ayrshires and Brown
“I wanted to learn more about
maintaining pastures,” said
Young. “We have 32 acres of
pasture that needs replanted,
and I wanted to find out how to
plant them for the most effi
Young got a lot of informa
tion from the speakers about the
different grasses to plant and
what works on different farms.
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“The speakers discussed plant
ing plots on your farm to see
what grows best before you
plant the whole pasture,” said
Speakers during the two-day
conference covered everything
in grazing from planting differ
ent grass species for maximum
efficiency to breeding cows to be
the most profitable grazers. Jeff
Wolfe and Dale Neufeld also re
ported on their personal experi
ences as dairy farmers who
graze their cattle.
“I learned a lot from listening
to the dairy farmers, especially
Jeff Wolfe,” said Dan Delp of
Whiteford, Md. “I’ve known
Jeff since he got started in dairy
ing, and I really respected his
advice. He has learned a lot and
could offer good advice from his
Delp owns Deep Creek Farm,
where they have milked any
where from 65 to 70 cows. Right
now Delp is pasturing both beef
cows and dairy replacements.
’ve been grazing
for a good while, and I
came not only to learn
from the speakers, but
also from the people
attending the confer
ence,” said Delp. “It’s
good to talk to other
people who are graz
ing. It makes you feel
less like the lone
Bonnie Wentworth
of Wentworth Farms
in Quarryville agreed.
She and her husband
milk 65 Ayrshires.
“Mastering a graz
ing operation is a
learning process,” said
Wentworth. “You
should always be shar
ing ideas with each
Wentworth’s hus
band attended Mon
day’s sessions, while
Wentworth attended
Tuesday’s conference.
She said that Mon
day’s session was just
what her husband
needed to gear up for
this spring.
“There is just some
thing so natural about
grazing your cows,”
said Wentworth. “It’s
a much more relaxed
way of dairying.”
“Once you don’t
worry about achieving
the high production
numbers, the other
things really fall into
place. Herd health,
breeding ratios, and
other performance
factors improve. And
your bottom line stays
In between the
speaker sessions, par
ticipants had the op
portunity to visit the
seven companies who
exhibited at the con
ference. The exhibitors
featured the latest in
grass species, technol
ogy, and feed supple
ments for grazers.
The conference was