February 22, 2018  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.

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Laura Paine, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Kent Solberg, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota


  • Animal husbandry
  • Genetic selection
  • Stockmanship
  • Pasture management
  • Forage selection and management
  • Marketing



Growing consumer demand has created premium markets for organic and grass-finished beef. Producing quality beef requires a complex skill set—you need to understand animal husbandry, genetic selection, and stockmanship, as well as pasture management and forage selection. To raise beef profitably, you also need to know about marketing. Sharpen your skills through this course with Laura Paine and Kent Solberg.

Laura and Kent will draw on their combined 50 years of livestock experience to cover pasture establishment and management, infrastructure and livestock handling, soil fertility, and how to develop a forage chain, including annual and perennial forage selection and stockpiling. They’ll delve into cattle genetics to match your production model, economics and marketing, and winter herd management,  including housing, stored forages, and feeding strategies. They’ll also look at how grass fed compares to feedlot systems.


Presenter bios:

Laura Paine is the program director for Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, and a holistic management Certified Educator. From 2006 to 2014, she served as the grazing & organic agriculture specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Laura and her husband, Bill, raise grass-fed beef on their farm near Columbus, Wis.


Kent Solberg is the livestock and grazing specialist for the Sustainable Farming Association. He is also the coordinator for Minnesota Dairy Initiatives, and a master grazier for Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. Kent and his wife, Linda, own and operate an award-winning grazing operation in Minnesota.




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