Stockpiled grazing is a primary topic of the final 2011 Greenhorn Grazing event in southwest Iowa. Organizer Joe Sellers, an Iowa State University Extension beef production specialist, says that while the final session builds upon those held earlier in the year, the Nov. 15 program also will interest new participants.
"The session starts at 10 a.m. at the Jim and Ann Werner farm near Diagonal," Sellers says. "The $15 per person fee is payable when you arrive that day."
Sellers, an ISU Extension beef specialist based at Chariton in south central Iowa, says this final session of the Greenhorn Grazing series will cover evaluating cow body condition, stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing and winter feeding strategies. A pasture walk of stockpiled pastures on the Werner farm will be a large portion of the program agenda for this final meeting. A lunch prepared by the Ringgold County Cattlemen's Association is included in the fee.
The Greenhorn Grazing series is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee.
For more information about the southwest Iowa Greenhorn Grazing program, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at [email protected], or NRCS Grasslands Specialist Rick Sprague by phone at 712-542-8765 or by email at [email protected].
Directions to the Werner farm 1563 210th Ave.: From Hwy 34, go south at Afton on Hwy 169 for 15.3 miles. Turn right (west) on CR-J23 and go 2 miles. Turn left on 210th and drive 1.6 miles to the farm on west side of the road.
If you are coming from highway 2, turn north in Mt. Ayr on highway 169 and go 5 miles. Then turn left (west) on 170th Street and go 2 miles. Then turn right (north) on 210th Avenue and go 1.4 miles. Farm is on west side of road.