2018-07-11 / News

Beginning grazing school offered by MSU at two locations

GERALD LINDQUIST
MSU Extension

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University Extension will offer a beginning grazing school for farmers and landowners grazing dairy, equine and livestock animals at two locations in Michigan simultaneously using inter net connectivity in September. The two-day school will be offered at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station Dairy Learning Center at Hickory Corners, MI., and the MSU Lake City Ag BioResearch Center at Lake City, MI. Each location will have Michigan State University grazing/ forage Specialists and Extension Educators onsite who will be presenters and will be conducting in-field demonstrations. Participants only need to attend the closest location to participate in the full school and gain the expertise of the numerous speakers from across the State.

The school will be held on Sept. 27 and 28. The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

Major topics will include:

• Introduction to managed grazing

• Pasture management and decision making

• Livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture

• Forage yield determination and pasture allocation

• Grass and legume species identification

• Pasture soil fertility and management

• Grazing systems, layout and design

• Water systems and requirements

• Building and using fence for grazing

• Pasture establishment and improvement

Registration information: Registration is $125 for one participant; $220 for two participants from the same farm, and $315 for three participants from the same farm. Starting Sept. 24, fees are as follows: $150 for one participant, $270 for two participants from the same farm, and $390 for three participants from the same farm. The onsite late registration fee is $175 for one participant; $320 for two participants; $465 for three participants from the same farm. The workshop fee includes Grazing sticks, Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, resource materials, all meals and refreshments. Please register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/event. cfm?eventID=BC5EAAD365084B77 . Questions may be directed to either Misty Klotz, KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator at klotzmis@msu.edu or 269- 671-2263 or Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing Educator at lindquis@msu.edu or 231-832-6139.

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