MSU Grazing School

Date: September 9, 2014
Time: Sept. 9, 9 a.m. - Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Location: W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Misty Klotz, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 269-671-2402

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Michigan State University Extension will offer a grazing school for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers at the Kellogg Farm on September 9th and 10th. The two-day school will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. the following day. With the high price of grains like corn and soybeans more farms are utilizing pasture forage crops to provide a larger portion of dairy and meat animal diets. The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction withhands-on education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

The topics in focus at the school will include:
• Introduction to managed grazing
• Pasture management and decision making
• Livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture • Forage yield determination and pasture allocation
• Grass and legume species identification
• Pasture soil fertility and management
• Grazing systems, layout and design
• Water systems and requirements
• Building and using fence for grazing
• Pasture establishment and improvement

Registration is $125.00 per person, with a second person from the same farm costing $85.00. The deadline is Sept. 3, with late registration running until Sept. 7. Registration includes workshop notes, a Forage Field Guide, meals and refreshments. To register, or for more information, visit the event webpage.

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