Cows graze at Dungeness Valley Creamery in October 2020. The first of a three-farm tour hosted by the Clallam Conservation District starts at the 80-acre creamery Aug. 4, with other tour stops at Honky Donkey Care Farm in Carlsborg on 
Aug. 12 and Bent Gate Farms in Agnew on Aug. 24. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Cows graze at Dungeness Valley Creamery in October 2020. The first of a three-farm tour hosted by the Clallam Conservation District starts at the 80-acre creamery Aug. 4, with other tour stops at Honky Donkey Care Farm in Carlsborg on Aug. 12 and Bent Gate Farms in Agnew on Aug. 24. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Free farm tours set for horse, livestock owners

The Clallam Conservation District has three farm tours scheduled in August in eastern Clallam County designed to help horse and livestock owners learn management techniques used by other farms.

Topics include pasture and hayland management, creating mud-free living spaces for animals, managing and utilizing manure, utilizing native plants on farms, and much more.

The first tour is slated for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Dungeness Valley Creamery, an 80-acre dairy and beef farm along the Dungeness River. Learn about the farm’s “tumble wheel” style rotational grazing management plan, small and large scale irrigation systems, and how to base nutrient applications on soil test results.

The second tour is at Honky Donkey Care Farm, a 5-acre property located near Carlsborg, from 10- 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12. Learn about how farm owners built mud-free paddocks, techniques they use to regulate their donkey’s grass intake to keep them at a healthy weight, their use of native plants to encourage pollinators and help screen their farm, and how they manage and store manure.

The third and final farm tour is set 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Bent Gate Farms, a 10-acre farm in Agnew. Attendees will learn about their pasture based livestock operation, and tour their intensively managed, multi-species rotational grazing system that provides forage for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and horses. The tour includes a look at the farm’s mud-free paddocks and manure storage system, and a talk about plans for expansion of these areas. Tips for reseeding pastures, as well as the basics of taking a soil test to help aid in proper nutrient management will also be covered.

Registration for these free farm tours is required because of space limitations. Visit the Clallam Conservation District website to register at clallamcd.org or call 360-775-3747, x5, for more information.

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