COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The National Grazing Lands Coalition has just launched two online courses for beginning graziers. Read on to learn more, and feel free to SHARE this information!
Grazing 101 & Record Keeping Online Courses
Learn Grazing and Recordkeeping Basics
FREE online courses that lead students through understanding and thinking about grazing and/or record keeping for their farm or ranch. These courses are designed to speak to you regardless of where you live or what animals you graze. They are divided up into short units. Don’t worry there isn’t much “homework.” All assignments are completed within your grazing and land context so you can directly apply what you learn and do in the course. By the end of the courses, you should be well on your way to having a grazing management plan and/or a record-keeping plan mapped out.
New to grazing? Want to improve your grazing management?
It all starts with the “why” behind the fundamentals of grazing management. Understanding the “why” empowers you to make grazing management decisions specific to your land and objectives. You can make choices to minimize the negative impacts of grazing on the land, and choices to leverage the benefits of grazing to improve the land. You will do this by learning: why and how animals graze, the ecology of grazing, guiding principles of grazing management, how to calculate carrying capacity and stocking rates, and design a grazing plan. A well-thought-out plan based on the “why” is valuable, but even more so when things don’t quite go as planned and one needs to adjust.
Don’t know what vegetation and land records to keep or how to collect the data?
It can be challenging to manage grazing properly and be a good land steward without gathering the right information the right way about your land. Without information and understanding what it means, how can you make good decisions for the land and the livestock? You will learn what grazing-related and land records to keep and why you should keep them in this course. You will learn how to collect and analyze forage production data that you can use to determine the carrying capacity and stocking rates of your pastures. What you learn in this course will help you manage grazing on your land as well as the overall health of your land.
Best of both courses in daily digestible doses!
We get that you are short on time and super busy. Yet, you need to build knowledge about grazing and land management. We have combined the best of Grazing 101 and Recordkeeping into a single 30-day course that requires on average less than an hour of your time a day.
How to get started?
Access and signing up for the course is very simple:
- Go to this link: https://natglc-courses.
- Register using your email address
- Fill out a short survey
- Pick a course and begin
Grazing 101 Companion eBook!
On Pasture guru, Kathy Voth, has created a companion eBook for Grazing 101. You can access it, also for FREE, here: https://onpasture.com/
We hope you will pass around this wonderful opportunity to help your fellow graziers!
— National Grazing Lands Coalition