MSU Grazing School coming to the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station

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Attendants at the MSU Grazing School will learn about cutting-edge research on animal grazing and forage techniques. (view larger image)

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 with
hands-on education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth
introduction to grazing management.


“We are bringing this popular school back to Southern Michigan, and the Pasture Dairy
Center at KBS is a great venue with all the grazing research they are doing,” said MSU
Extension Grazing Educator Jerry Lindquist. “Participants can go from the classroom, learning
from the leading experts in pasture based dairy and livestock production, to actually seeing the
cutting edge research that Michigan State University is conducting across the pasture lands at
KBS,” Lindquist said. 


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 information: Maximum enrollment is 35 people. Registration is $125.00 per
person; a second participant from the same farm will be charged $85.00 Attendees from the same
farm share one set of printed materials. The registration deadline is September 3, 2014. Late
registration runs September 3, - 7, 2014; late registration fee is $150.00 per person. Fee includes
workshop notes, Forage Field Guide and all meals and refreshments. Please register at
http://events.anr.msu.edu/Grazing14/. For any questions, including lodging, contact Misty Klotz,
KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator at (269) 671-2402.

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