Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: Fit and Trim--Hoof, Hair & Feather Care for Livestock

Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Start: 5:00 pm End: 7:00 pm

Location: Griffieon Family Farm, 11655 NE 6th Street, Ankeny, Iowa

Contact: Lauren Zastrow, PFI event coordinator, (515) 232-5661, lauren@practicalfarmers.org

The Griffieon family welcomes livestock owners of all types to an evening of fitting and clipping. Learn about trimming hooves, hair, and feathers for animal safety and for showing. Demonstrations will include hoof care of cattle, sheep, and horses; flight feather trimming of chickens; and blocking and trimming of calves and hair sheep.

Supper will be served after the domonstrations. Please RSVP for a meal to Lauren Zastrow by Monday, June 16.

About the Farm: The Griffieon Farm is a Century Farm in central Iowa that has been worked since 1868. The farm is diversified and includes beef, chickens, turkeys, pigs, sheep, and horses as well as corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, and sweet corn. The family focuses on humane management of livestock and healthy food and in sharing the rural lifestyle with their urban neighbors.

Directions from Des Moines: Take I-35 north to Exit 94 (36th Street). Turn left off the exit and go 1.2 miles to U.S. 69. Proceed west across U.S. 69, go 0.5 mile to NW Ash Drive and turn right (north); the road will turn to gravel (NE 6th Street). Go past two cement silos. The house will be the first on the right (east) side of the gravel road.

Directions from Ames: Take I-35 south to Exit 96 for Elkhart/Polk City. Turn right and go 1.5 miles to U.S. 69. Turn left and go 1 mile until you reach the Polk City blacktop (NE 118th Avenue). You will see a green highway sign that says "Polk City, Saylorville Lake." Turn right and go 0.5 mile to the first gravel road; then turn left. The house will be the first on the left side of the road.

Related information

News release [PFI website]

PFI is hosting 35 field days this year that showcase diverse farming, livestock, land management, farm business and on-farm energy and conservation practices at locations across Iowa. The Leopold Center is among a number of sponsors for the 2014 field day season.

All field days are open to the public and will occur rain or shine. Most are free to attend. To request a 2014 Field Day Guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

To find the guide online and an overview of this season, check out this news release on the PFI website.