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Eastern Kansas grazing school planned

Space is limited for a school about management intensive grazing to be held at Ottawa in September. Ranchers who want to attend are encouraged to register by Aug. 15.

The school will focus on ways to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently. Experts from Kansas State Research & Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and private industry are joining together to offer the two-day event, the fourth year for the grazing school, Sept. 11 and 12 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa, and various pastures in the area.

Special presenters Mark Green, of Missouri NRCS, and Wesley Tucker, an agriculture economist with Missouri’s Extension Service, will be presenting and sharing their experiences.  Green will make several presentations over the two days, discussing fencing options, watering systems and layout and design of grazing paddocks. Tucker will present Grazing Arithmetic and the Economics of Grazing.

Other presenters will be:

  • Dale Strickler, of Star Seed Company, will offer information on complimentary forages and share his experiences with rotational grazing.
  • Doug Shoup, area Extension agronomist, is on the program to help participants learn the basics of plant and grass growth.
  • Jaymelynn Farney, area Extension animal scientist, joins the group this year to discuss animal behavior and interactions as they graze.
  • David Kraft, NRCS state rangeland management specialist, will present the Art and Science of Grazing. Kraft and Doug Spencer, NRCS rangeland conservationist, will conduct a hands-on pasture allocation exercise.

On the first evening a fencing demonstration will be held immediately following the day’s program, highlighting advances in electrified fences. An optional evening activity is a public meeting on “Adding Value to Your Calf Crop” that will be held at 7 p.m. at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Co., in Overbrook.

The grazing school is designed for adult learners, and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms. Registration is $50 for the first person from the farm or ranch; additional persons are $25 each. Registration includes snacks, meals and proceedings. Registration is on a first-come basis; send registration information to Frontier Extension District, 128 W. 15th Street, Lyndon, KS 66451.

Questions may be directed to Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at [email protected] or 785-828-4438.

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