Managed Grazing for Healthier Dairy & Beef Herds
February 27, 2020  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.



Greg Brickner, DVM, Organic Valley Co-op
Josh Tranel, Tranel Family Farms



  • Bovine anatomy and genetics
  • Plant genetics in perennial pastures
  • How to calculate forage ration on pasture
  • Develop grazing plan for your specific operation



The quality of your pastures impacts rumen fermentation and the health of your animals. When you understand the biology behind this relationship, you can make management decisions that benefit your animals, pastures, and human health.

Greg Brickner is a veterinarian and grazing specialist for Organic Valley. He has been practicing management-intensive grazing for 33 years. He’ll be joined by organic farmer Josh Tranel, who’s also an experienced grazier.

Greg will explore the relationship between bovine genetics and plant genetics to help you understand how pasture fits into your herd’s total ration. He’ll teach you how to recognize plant characteristics at proper maturity to make the most of perennial swards. He’ll cover the use and limitations of annual forages and give you tools for problem-solving during weather challenges. He’ll also arm you with mineral supplementation strategies.

Come with aerial maps of your farm and the pastures you manage. You’ll use those to calculate standing pasture dry matter to ensure your pastures are sized correctly to meet your herd’s ration requirements.


About the Presenters:

Greg Brickner
Greg is a veterinarian and grazing specialist for Organic Valley. He has been practicing management intensive grazing for 33 years on his family’s grass-based farm where they once milked cows and now raise sheep.


Josh Tranel
Josh is a organic dairy farmer from Hazel Green, Wis. He manages a dairy herd and practices rotational grazing on about 200 acres of pasture to feed their dairy herd. The farm utilizes many intensive grazing techniques and some technology to consistently provide high quality forage off its pastures and drive dry matter intakes from pasture







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