Rotational grazing is recognized as a way to utilize rangeland and forages more efficiently. A collaboration of experts from the Kansas State Research and Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service and private industry are joining together to offer this two-day event. The third annual grazing school will be held Sept. 11 and 12 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm Street, in Ottawa, Kan., and various pastures in the area. Special presenters, Mark Green, Missouri NRCS, and Wesley Tucker, an ag economist with Missouri’s Extension Service, will be participating and sharing their experiences.
On the first evening a fencing demonstration will be held, highlighting advances in electrified fences. Dale Strickler with Star Seed company will present 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 grass growth. Jaymelynn Farney, area Extension animal scientist, joins the group this year to discuss, animal behavior and interaction as they graze. David Kraft, NRCS state rangeland management specialist, will present the Art and Science of Grazing, and along with Doug Spencer, NRCS rangeland conservationist, will conduct a hands on pasture allocation exercise.
The grazing school is designed for adult learners, a maximum limit of 35 farms will be observed. 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 a first-come, first-served basis. Send registration info to Frontier Extension District, 128 West 15th Street, Lyndon, KS 66451. Question may be directed to Rod Schaub, Frontier District agent, firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-828-4438.
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