Mountain Meadow Hay Day Planned July 15
Mountain Meadow Hay Day is a long-standing tradition in the summertime for Grand County and other nearby counties. This year, the Middle Park Conservation District and Grand County Extension are hosting the event. Everyone is welcome to come out to Mike Ritschard’s property 5 miles up County Road 2 for an informative and fun day of speakers and equipment demonstrations.
Lunch will be available for $5 provided by Grand County 4-H. RSVPs are required to get a lunch. Informational speakers will begin at 9 a.m. and equipment demonstrations will be going on all afternoon.
Two dealers from Craig will be on hand to show the latest and greatest in hay harvesting machines.
Dr. Kip Panter, from the USDA Ag Research Station in Logan, Utah will give a presentation on poisonous plants. He has been a researcher and a veterinarian since the 1980s and will provide the latest information on toxic plants and how they affect livestock.
Dr. Joe Brummer from Colorado State University will be on hand to speak about fertilization of mountain hay meadows. Brummer is a part of the faculty in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department.
Dennis Davison will be speaking on the many kinds of irrigation systems and their efficiency. Davidson is a former NRCS District Conservationist and is currently working for the Book Cliff Conservation District in Glenwood Springs.
The Grand County Commissioners will spend some time discussing the most current issues around water in Grand County.
The Ritschard Cattle Company is hosting the event. CSU Extension, in Grand, Routt and Jackson counties helped with mailings and advertisements. Tri-State Equipment and Rocky Mountain Machinery will be bringing their equipment for demonstrations. Denver Water made a donation of $500 to help with miscellaneous costs of the event. Frontier Station Inc. provided fertilizer for the meadow that will be cut on Mike Ritschard’s property. Blue Valley Ranch and Eight Mile Cattle made donations to help with costs. Spur Associates is providing the tent for participants to sit under. Routt County Conservation District is helping with costs and the Bureau of Reclamation is covering the costs of the port-a-potties. Miller Ranches is helping to pay for radio advertising. Grand Mountain Bank and Golden Eagle Drilling are helping with miscellaneous costs. The Allington Inn and Suites is providing motel rooms for speakers at a reduced rate. Many different costs are associated with putting on this event and Middle Park Conservation District is very grateful for all the help with those costs.
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