A May 31 field day focusing on rotational grazing for grass-fed cattle will be held at Lick Creek Beef, Buncombe, IL, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Owner Joshua Buchheit raises cattle from start to finish on rotational pastures consisting of high-quality forages grown free of insecticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Buchheit will demonstrate and discuss his grazing-system components, including forage, fertility and natural resources management; fencing systems; animal nutrition and a livestock watering system.

Managing his farm's natural resources is Buchheit's primary concern. “We plant a combination of legumes that fix nitrogen and grasses that uptake the nitrogen,” he says. “We consider our farm a 'multi-culture' and try to grow a diversity of crops, which is good for cattle nutrition and for the land.”

The event costs $10 but is free to Southern Illinois Farming Network members. Registration is required and capacity is limited. Contact Devin Brown at 618-771-0237 or devin@eatsouthernillinois.org for more information.