WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Cattle ranchers can get first-hand advice on how to incorporate intensively managed grazing techniques at two-day seminars in June taking place in northern and southern Indiana.
the Indiana Grazing School The ‘Making a Difference with Improved Grazing Systems’ programs will cover topics on best management practices, including plant growth and development, soil fertility, forage identification, rotational grazing, animal nutrition, pen and watering system design, fencing and pasture record keeping.
The school will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The training will take place at two sites:
- June 4-5 at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC), 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road in Dubois.
- June 11-12 at Dave Wagner Farm, 291 E. 700 S. in Cutler.
The course will include pasture walks and field trips to provide hands-on opportunities, identify forage and weed species, explore fencing and watering options, and demonstrate rotational grazing concepts. There will also be small group discussions with seminar experts and other program participants.
The fee is $ 75, which covers management tools, materials, a Saturday meal and refreshments. Additional people from the same operation are allowed at a cost of $ 50, but management equipment and tools will not be included.
Preferred online registration is available at: Southern Indiana (SIPAC location), or in northern Indiana (Cutlery location), with telephone registration available at 812-678-4427. The registration deadline is May 24 and the event will take place rain or shine.
Schools are hosted by the Indiana Forage Council in partnership with Purdue Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The events are partially funded by the Indiana Livestock Promotion grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
Writer: Brian Wallheimer; 765-532-0233; [email protected]
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