MSU Grazing School coming in September

MSU’s popular Grazing School will be offered at three locations across Michigan in September.

Dr. Jason Rowntree helps grass enthusiast examine grass root growth at the MSU BioAgResearch Center in Lake City.

Dr. Jason Rowntree helps grass enthusiast examine grass root growth at the MSU BioAgResearch Center in Lake City.

Michigan State University Extension will again offer its very popular Grazing School for livestock, small ruminant and dairy producers at three locations simultaneously across Michigan on Sept. 22 and 23, 2016. The two-day school will be offered at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station’s W.K. Kellogg Farm near Hickory Corners, the MSU Ag BioResearch Center near Lake City, and at the Bay Mills Community College Waishkey Bay Farm near Brimley, Mich. The school is offered to help farmers improve their grazing management knowledge and skill set. The course will be taught by MSU specialists and Extension educators with expertise in animal grazing. They will utilize high-speed video conferencing technology that allows the various speakers to reach all the farming participants across the state with instruction. Participants only need to attend the closest location each day to participate in the full school.

The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction with hands-on education at each of the host site farms to provide in-depth, cutting-edge animal and forage research to the participants.     

Major topics will include:
  • Introduction to managed intensive grazing
  • Pasture management and decision making
  • Livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture
  • Forage yield determination and pasture allocation
  • Pasture plant species for Michigan
  • 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:

Registration is $125.00 per person; a second participant from the same farm will be allowed to register for $90.00. The registration deadline is Sept. 18, 2016. Late registrants will be charged a fee of $160.00 per person. The registration fee includes a workshop handbook, a Forage Field Guide, lunch each day and dinner on day one, including refreshments. Please register online at our website. For further information, contact Misty Klotz, KBS Pasture Dairy Outreach Coordinator, at 269-671-2402, Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing Educator and Lake City host, at 231-832-6139, or Frank Wardynski, MSU Extension Beef and Dairy Educator and the Bay Mills host, at 906-281-0918.  MSU Extension programs are open to all people. Accommodation requests for people with disabilities should be communicated to the site host a minimum of seven days before the event.  

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