May 13

Rotational Grazing- Paddock Layout and Construction

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 10:31 AM by Allan Warren

Rotational Grazing Pic

Excerpts From: Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers, Iowa State University Extension

Once the decision has been made to develop a rotational grazing system, you are committed to maintaining a 3” stubble height minimum at all times, and the preliminary calculations are made, you should have some idea of the basic plan- how many paddocks or pastures will be needed and their approximate size.  The challenge now is how to

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Apr 10

Farm Team's 2019 By the Numbers

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 3:48 PM by Allan Warren

Waste Line ElectricPierce Conservation District (PCD) was able to secure 50% cost share funding through the WA State Conservation Commission’s Shellfish Program to replace a failing septic system on a farm approximately 1,000’ upstream from Vaughn Bay in Case Inlet. Vaughn Bay has been identified by the WA Department of Health as a shellfish growing area that does not meet health standards. A Shellfish Protection District formed by Pierce County (see RCW 90.72.045), of which PCD is a member, oversees the efforts to correct the problems created by nonpoint fecal pollution in this area. This project will be followed-up with ag best management practices slated to be installed on the farm in 2020 with Near Term Action funds from Pierce County Surface Water Management via WA Department of Health. These projects are part of a targeted approach to invest in improvements voluntarily installed by conservation districts and landowners that will build cumulative results for shellfish recovery.

Farm Team By the Numbers

Apr 10

PIERCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT’S COVER CROP INITIATIVE

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 3:13 PM by Allan Warren

Cover crop trial workshop
Through a grant from the Department of Ecology and support from the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, we have partnered with WSU to conduct field trials of cover crops and the use of our new Direct Seed-Drill. 163 local farmers have attended these workshops to learn more about how these practices can improve both soil health and local water quality.

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