SEDALIA, Mo. — Many producers have attended the regional grazing schools in order to initiate a managed grazing system and become eligible for state cost share to assist with implementing the practice. Because there is limited time in the schools, many forage management topics are glossed over or not discussed at all.
A two-day advanced grazing school has been developed by west central Missouri Extension specialists in order to take a more in depth look at some forage topics and discuss other topics not covered in the cost-share schools.
Topics included in the advanced grazing school are: Pasture Weed Identification; Soil Health in Forage Systems; Tall Fescue Stockpiling and Alkaloid Management; Pasture, Range, and Forage Insurance; Livestock Nutrition, Supplementation and Forage Quality; and Alternative Forages and Management.
Each afternoon of the school will be devoted to on-farm activities hosted by local producers who have successfully established managed grazing systems into their livestock operations. Activities for school participants will include making estimates of animal pasture demand, estimating forage availability, forage plant identification, pasture condition scoring, body condition scoring of livestock and collecting hay and soil samples and interpretation of sample results.
The two-day school will be held on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Community Building in Warsaw. Each day’s activities begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will adjourn at approximately 4:00 p.m. There is a $50 registration fee for this two-day event. Paid registration is due by Monday, May 3, 2021. Attendance at this school will not qualify participants for SWCD cost-share programs.
For more information or to register for this advanced grazing school, e-mail Gene Schmitz at email@example.com or contact the Pettis County Extension Center at (660) 827-0591. On-line registration is available at the following website: https://extension.missouri.edu/events/prescribed-grazing-advanced-management-school.
This event is partially funded through a USDA-NRCS Conservation Partnership Grant and is co-sponsored by MU Extension, an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.
— University of Missouri Extension
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