Grazing School

Date: September 24, 2015 - September 25, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI
Contact: Frank Wardynski, or 906-884-4386

MSU is Offering a Beginning Grazing School at Three Locations  

Michigan State University Extension is offering a beginning grazing school for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers at three locations in Michigan simultaneously via high speed video conferencing in September. There will be a team of experts at each location that will broadcast their expertise to the different sites through a new technology that allows for interactive chat from participants with those experts. This new technlogy allows for additional expertise to be shared and expanded networking of producers through various online and face-to-face discussions.

Grazing school will be held on Sept. 24 and 25, 2015 and will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

 The two-day school will be offered at the following locations:

  1. The MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Farm and Dairy Meeting Room in Hickory Corners, Mich.,
  2. The MSU Lake City Reeearch Center in Lake City, Mich.,
  3. The MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Mich. 

The recent high speed transmission upgrades at these locations have made it feasible to reach farms in more locations with this high-quality educational program. Participants only need to attend the closest location to participate in the full school and gain the expertise of the numerous speakers.

The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction with in-field education and the latest animal/forage research to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management.

Feature presentations will cover approaches to:

  •     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

Experts Participating In-Person at KBS:

  • Kim Cassida, Ph.D., MSU Forage Specialist; 
  • Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., MSU Small Ruminant;
  • Kevin Gould, Beef Educator, MSU Extension;
  • Dean Baas, Cover Crops Educator, MSU Extention; 
  • Brook Willke, Ph.D., Kellogg Farm Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station;
  • Howard Straub III, Paster Dairy Center, Dairy Manager, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station;
  • Santiago Utsumi, P.h.D, Department of Animal Science. 

Experts Participating In-Person at Lake City:

  • Jason Roundtree, Ph.D, MSU Beef Specialist;
  • Jerry Lindquist, Grazing Educator, MSU Extension;
  • Kable Thurlow, Beef Educator, MSU Extension;
  • Philip Kaatz, Forage Educator, MSU Extension;
  • Doug Carmichael, Farm Manager, Lake City Research Center.

Experts Participating In-Person at Chatham: 

  • Paul Naasz, Chatham Farm Manager;
  • Frank Wardynski, Ruminant educator, MSU Extension.

Registration information:

Early registration is $125 per person; Two people may regester for $205 and three people may regester for $285 from the same farm. The early registration deadline is Sept. 18, 2015. Registrations received after Sept. 18 will increase by $25 per-person and walk-ins the day of the event will be charged an addtional $25 per person above the late regestration fees. The workshop fee includes notebooks, resource materials, all meals and refreshments.


Misty Klotz, KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator at The MSU Kellogg Biological Station -  Email: or Phone:269-671-2263
Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing Educator at MSU Lake City Ag BioResearch Center - Email:  or Phone: 231-832-6139
Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension Beef & Dairy Educator at Chatham BioResearch Center - Email:  or Phone: 906-884-4386

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.




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