Eastern Kansas grazing school to be held in Ottawa

Rotation grazing is recognized as a way to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently. A collaboration of experts from K-State Research and Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the University of Missouri are joining together to offer a two-day grazing school to present information about grazing in the classroom and in nearby pastures.

This year’s event marks the 8th annual grazing school and will be held April 24 and 25, 2019, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Celebration Hall, 220 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Kan. The event will feature special presenters, Mark Green, Missouri NRCS, and Wesley Tucker, University of Missouri Extension Service, who will be sharing their expertise. Green will discuss fencing options and water systems and development. Tucker will present the economics of grazing and will help producers with layout and design of grazing paddocks.

David Hallauer, Meadowlark Extension District, and Darren Hibdon, Frontier Extension District, will help producers better understand how forages and grasses grow. They will discuss plant needs and the importance of rest to a plant.

Dale Blasi, Kansas State University beef specialist, will highlight how crop residues can be utilized by the grazing animals and what, if any, supplemental feeds are needed for various cattle production levels.

Doug Spencer, Kansas NRCS range specialist, will present the art and science of grazing, will lead a pasture allocation exercise at the farm, and will discuss resource inventory and stocking rates.

This year, the grazing school will have a featured speaker, Joe Harner, Kansas State University ag engineer. Harner will talk about the importance of low stress cattle handling and what to look for when designing a facility. A demonstration utilizing a bud-box Harner designed will highlight low stress cattle handling.

The grazing school is for adult learners and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms. Registration is $60 for the first person from the farm or ranch, additional persons from the same farm is $30 each. Registration includes snacks, lunch both days, and proceedings. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

To register or for more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438 or email [email protected].

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