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Winter Workshop 2017

January 24, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Featured speaker Troy Salzer with producer Abe Mach

“Optimizing forage and nutrients in livestock production”

Troy Salzer is an Extension Educator residing in Carlton County. He grew up in Barnum, Minn., on a commercial

beef and forage operation. Troy received his B.S. / M.S. degrees in Animal Science and Animal

Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Salzer’s presentation will cover:

l Managing your beef herd

l Intensive grazing/ pasture

management / manure/ nutrient management l Cover

crops for soil health l Soil Science l Marketing

l Optimizing forage management .

Salzer lives with his family on Sandy Hills Ranch, Barnum, where they run 300 Angus-Gelbvieh breeding cattle,

custom handling another 150 cows. Cattle are managed in a multi – paddock grazing system on native grasses,

improved perennial pastures, field corn and cover crops. They also direct market beef, pork, and vegetables. Troy

is very interested in research, currently involved with the re-establishment of a winter feeding study with the

U of M Extension beef team.

Abe Mach /Angus Ranch

Mach Angus Ranch is a multi-generational farm in Sturgeon Lake, where they manage 200 head of breeding

Simmental-Angus. Mach backgrounds calves using cover crops in his feeding/backgrounding program and

finishes out his cattle, which adds extra income and extra yardage daily, recycling extra nutrients back to the

soil. The farm utilizes 600 acres of pasture that is native, improved and annuals. In 2016, Abe had 80 plus acres

of multi-species cover crops in his rotation, a majority of it was planted and harvested at least twice during the

grazing season. Typically, he moves cattle once a day. Mach Angus has worked on numerous research projects.

The farm received the Pine County Conservationist of the Year from the County Soil and Water District.



January 24, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council


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