Ranchers become pupils at Eastern Kansas Grazing School

The annual Eastern Kansas Grazing School will be on Sept. 10 and 11 at the St. Columbkille Church Hall, 13305 Hwy 16, Blaine, Kan., and at area farms. The two-day school is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.

Speakers from K-State Research & Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension will present on several timely topics related to rotational grazing and the implementation of management intensive grazing. Topics to be covered include: Grazing arithmetic, soil and plant basics, pasture watering resources, fencing for rotational grazing, grazing animal behavior, matching animal needs to pasture production, and how to extend the grazing season.

Several of the discussions will involve hands-on learning opportunities in local pastures including determining forage availability, and allocating pastures. The fencing and watering discussions will include time for attendees to view and evaluate different types of equipment to determine if they could be used in their operations. There will also be a tour of Shannon Creek Cattle Company, a diversified livestock operation outside of Olsburg, Kan., that practices management intensive grazing in all aspects of their operation.

Adult learners are the target audience for the grazing school. Registration is $50 for the first person from a farm or ranch, and includes proceedings, snacks, and meals. Additional persons from the same operation are $25 each, which includes snacks and meals.

Registration will be limited to 35 farms on a first-come basis. Send registration information to Pottawatomie County Extension, P.O. Box 127, Westmoreland, KS 66549-0127, or register online at www.pottawatomie.ksu.edu. For more information, contact Austin Sexten, Pottawatomie County Extension Agent, [email protected]ksu.edu or 785-457-3319.

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