Register now for Sept. 14 Fencing and Grazing Clinic in Jackson county


Cattle grazing in fenced-in pasture.

BALDWIN, Iowa — Make plans now to attend the Fencing and Grazing Clinic on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David Burmahl farm, north of Baldwin and northwest of Maquoketa. There's no cost to attend thanks to the following sponsors: Gallagher, Stockade, and the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council. However, preregistration is required by Sept. 12. Lunch will be provided.

IBC extension program specialist Beth Reynolds and IBC beef specialist Denise Schwab have planned the daylong event with a variety of learning opportunities and activities.

Reynolds said the clinic will help producers who want to implement rotational grazing programs.

“Attendees will learn how to implement rotational grazing around the biggest hurdle, infrastructure,” she said. “Speakers will discuss current fence technologies, water infrastructure, and the basics for designing a paddock system within a pasture to fit grazing and labor goals in a hands-on, classroom, and demonstration learning environment.”  

Schwab said the location of the clinic will show opportunities for paddock divisions on typical east-northeast Iowa ground.

“Well-managed and well-rested pastures are essential, and they’re even more important with the current dry conditions we’ve been experiencing,” she said. “This fencing and grazing clinic will demonstrate paddock divisions in typical northeast Iowa pasture of valleys, timber and open ridge tops to show how we can subdivide even in these challenging pastures.”

Clinic host David Burmahl has been rotationally grazing hills and timber pastures, and is always looking for new ways to intensify his grazing rotation. He also has developed a year-round tire tank waterer that works for winter and summer grazing.

Clinic topics include:

  • New tools in fencing
  • Building your paddocks
  • Options: Heavy use areas and waterers
  • Water infrastructure
  • Fence law and grazing leases

See the clinic flyer for agenda and program details.

To register, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at or 563-652-4923. For questions on the clinic, contact Reynolds at or 307-761-3353.

This event is organized and hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Beth Reynolds, ISU Extension and Outreach education specialist, 515-294-9881,

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