Cooperative Extension hosts workshops on managed intensive grazing systems

Classes teach how grazing livestock, rather than just harvesting, can improve production

7/2/2014 - By: Tiffany Kozsan
Grazing Livestock producers can learn about managed intensive grazing systems July 23 in Gardnerville and July 24 in Fallon.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering Managed Intensive Grazing Systems Workshops 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., July 23 in Gardnerville and July 24 in Fallon.

Managed intensive grazing systems, or planned livestock grazing of forage crops  rather than machine harvesting, can significantly increase production of livestock per acre. Grazing by livestock can be as effective as harvesting hay with equipment and can lead to timely, uniform and planned harvest of pasture plants. Successful plans incorporate both plant and livestock concepts to achieve desired personal, economic and environmental goals.

Workshop topics will include managed intensive grazing principles, goals and evaluation, resource allocation, soil fertilization, forage plant growth and selection, fencing design and materials, and the use of grazing for weed control. Extension Educators Jay Davison, Steve Foster and Seth Urbanowitz will be presenting. Participants will also observe a grazing stick demonstration and tour a field where local producers will share their grazing management approaches.

Cost for each workshop is $20 and includes all materials, the field tour and lunch at JT Basque in Gardnerville and The Slanted Porch in Fallon.

To register for the Gardnerville workshop, visit http://grazingminden.eventbrite.com. Class will be held at the Douglas County Cooperative Extension Office, 1325 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. To register for the Fallon workshop, visit http://grazingfallon.eventbrite.com. Class will be held at the Churchill County Cooperative Extension Office, 111 Sheckler Road in Fallon.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kintz at 775-945-3444, ext. 12 or kintzj@unce.unr.edu. People in need of special assistance should call at least three days prior to the event.

The workshops are part of Cooperative Extension's Herds and Harvest Program, which helps farmers and ranchers develop agricultural entrepreneurship, implement sustainable agricultural marketing strategies and improve profitability. Since 2011, the program has reached several hundred farmers and ranchers across the state. Two-thirds of the participants report they would make changes in their business practices because of what they learned through the program. The program is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the United States Department of Agriculture.


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