MSU Small Ruminant Management Series: Forages and Grazing

Date: June 26, 2017 - June 27, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University, Anthony Hall, 474 S Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact: Carla McLachlan mclachl2@msu.edu

Efficient forage use is essential for farm profitability. As part of MSU Extension’s Small Ruminant Management Series, this two-day event will focus on improving forage use through grazing as well as efficient machine harvest. Tips for selecting an optimal forage system for your farm will be discussed, in addition to discussing a variety of grazing management considerations, forage planning, and developing practical skills relating to making forage decisions for your farm.

A mixture of seminars and farm workshops will allow participants to combine classroom learning with hands-on activities.

Topics to be covered also include:

 Establishing forage budgets and forecasting seasonal availability

 Forage species selection and pasture identification

 Managing your soil and soil sampling

 Practice grazing management and examine grazing residuals for different types of pastures

 Estimate pasture for forage mass and allocate herbage mass according to grazing goals

 Pasture and hayfield establishment and renovation

 Use of annual forages and other methods to extend the grazing season

 Sustainable management of internal parasites in small ruminant grazing systems and health concerns

 Total mixed ration feeding system fundamentals

 Management of diverse types of silage crops and systems

Sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture

 

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