STOCKTON, Mo. — “Economically meeting livestock nutritional needs is important to livestock operation profitability,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. One way to optimize feed costs is through management intensive grazing (MiG) which leads to optimum livestock operation forage consumption and utilization. Davis urges livestock producers to attend a MiG school to gain knowledge that can be implemented on their operation to optimize livestock forage grazing management, which promotes profitability and sustainability.
The St. Clair County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Missouri Extension and Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) are sponsoring a MiG School, Tuesday May 3rd through Thursday May 5th near Osceola, Mo. “The school provides classroom instruction as well as hands-on farm demonstration to educate livestock producers on using MiG to promote optimum grazing management and profit potential for their livestock operation,” says Davis. Furthermore, participants that attend all school sessions are eligible for Mo. State SWCD cost share and the it helps in the ranking process to receive NRCS cost share through the environmental quality incentives program (EQIP) to implement a MiG system.
The three-day MiG school will be held at the First Baptist Church at 555 Walnut St, Osceola, MO 64776. Registration and fee payment is required by April 26th. Fee for the school is $150.00 per person and $50.00 per additional person from the same farm not needing materials or certificate. Registration is limited so if you are interested in attending contact the St. Clair County Soil and Water Conservation District office as soon as possible at (417) 646-8108, ext. 3. For all other questions related to the MiG school contact one of the following: Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension (417) 276-3313 or Margie Best, St. Clair County Soil and Water Conservation District, (417) 646-8108, ext. 3 or Gorman Bennett NRCS District Conservationist, (417) 745-6613.
For more information on livestock pasture management, contact your local MU Extension Agronomy and or Livestock Field Specialist. Also, for more information visit https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project or https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/native-grass-project.
— MU Extension