Pasture Walk Tours
Grahams Organics Rosebush, MI
Graham’s Organics is the culmination of four generations spanning over 100 years of agricultural and livestock production. Understanding the need to give back to the land and having the insight to implement the process, Graham’s Organics achieved organic certification in 1995 with OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association, Inc.). The farm consists of 1200 certified acres on which we grow corn, soybeans, barley, oats, spelt, alfalfa and pastures consisting of clovers and grasses. On these pastures, with rotational grazing, we raise our chickens, turkeys and Black Angus beef. The purebred Angus Beef herd represents 40 years of selective breeding. With the increasing demand for organic feeds and since we were already making feeds for our own livestock, our feed mill was established. In 2005 we saw the need for a place to process our livestock and still maintain the organic status, thus Graham’s Organic Meats and Processing was established. This is a USDA, custom and certified organic slaughterhouse. This enables us and other local livestock producers to get our products into the wholesale and retail markets.
Lake City Research Center, Michigan State University, Lake City, MI
The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 150 Red Angus beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. It supports research on forage and beef production systems that are holistic, sustainable and profitable. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community. Currently there are multiple federal research projects investigating the influence of forage type on grass finishing of beef cattle, management impact on greenhouse gas flux, and developing more streamlined local beef value chains.
Pre-registration is required, register here. The buses will depart at 7:30 am and return around 6:30 pm. It is $45 per person to ride the provided bus ride and lunch. Short presentations will occur during the bus ride.
If you do not want to ride the bus but would still like to participate in the tours, that is fine as well. The tours and lunch will be $20. Contact us for any other questions.
Tour Stop Rough Draft, September 16-18, 2015
|7:50am||Leave Mt. Pleasant, MI (8 Miles to Rosebush, MI)|
|Arrive at Grahams Organics, Rosebush MI |
|8:30am||Begin Tour of Grahams Organics |
a. Packing/Processing/Retail Counter
b. View Yearling Cattle
c. View Cowherd
d. Potential viewing stops, pastured poultry, feed processing
(Each stop is within walking distance)
|10:35am||Leave for Lake City, MI (66 miles to Lake City Research Center)|
|12:00pm -1:00pm||A portable lunch will be served as people offload with seating areas in a machine shed. Concurrent to lunch, three adjacent stops around the main offices will be offered. Rainfall Simulator, Working Corrals and Pens and Demos for fencing, along with fencing and water equipment set ups. |
|1:20pm||Wagons are loaded|
|1:40pm||Stop 1( Covercrop Finishing, Cowherd Management w soil improvement or Yearling Cattle)|
|2:10pm||Move to next stop|
|2:30pm||Stop 2 (repeat)|
|3:00pm||Move to next stop|
|3:20pm||Stop 3 (repeat)|
|3:50pm||Move to buses|
|4:20pm||Leave Lake City to Mt. Pleasant (70 miles)|
|5:35pm||Arrive in Mt. Pleasant|