MSU Grazing School coming September 12-13

Optimize pasture management at MSU Grazing School

MSU Extension’s Grazing team will host a grazing school for livestock and dairy producers at the Lake City AgBioResearch Station on September 12-13. The two-day school will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. the following day. The goal of the school is to blend classroom instruction combined with hands-on education and the latest animal/forage research in order to give participants an in-depth introduction to grazing management. 

“This school has been very popular because of the great venue that the Lake City Research Station provides,” Dr. Jason Rowntree of the MSU Animal Science Department said. “Participants can go from the classroom where they will learn from the leading Michigan experts in pasture based dairy and livestock production to actually seeing the cutting edge research that Michigan State University is conducting across the 600 acres of pastureland at the Lake City Research Center.”

Topics for the two days include:

  • 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
  • Production concepts with grass finishing meat animals
  • Pasture soil fertility and management
  • Grazing systems, layout and design
  • Water systems and requirements
  • Local/Regional pasture based systems
  • Building and using fence for grazing
  • Pasture establishment and improvement

The cost of the school is $100 per person with meals provided. A second participant from the same farm will be charged $50. For any questions including lodging, contact Dr. Jason Rowntree at 517-974-9539 or Jerry Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing Educator at 231-832-6139. Registrations can be made with checks payable to MSU and sent to MSU Grazing School, c/o Carla McLachlan, 1290 Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI. 48824.

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