Greenhorn Grazing Series Begins 2012 Season

Greenhorn Grazing Series Begins 2012 Season

Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while saving soil will want to attend; first session is May 24.

Beef producers interested in learning how to make money with forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers is organizing this series. The series consists of five sessions, each one day long, set for May through November. The program brochure is available on the IBC website.

Greenhorn Grazing Series Begins 2012 Season

"This five-part series is valuable for beginning graziers and producers interested in upgrading their pasture management," Sellers says. "Presenters will include experts in grazing systems, animal performance, fencing and watering systems, and weed management."

Sellers, and Rick Sprague, an area grasslands specialist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, are coordinating the program. The Greenhorn Grazing series has drawn upwards of 140 participants over the past four years.

"This series was developed by ISU Extension and Outreach, NRCS and industry staff to deliver timely materials and hands-on workshops for beef, sheep and other livestock producers interested in improving their forage management system," Sellers says. "Producers will learn how to improve the productivity and use of their land."

Consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series

The workshops are scheduled for May 24, June 14, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15. All sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning with morning classroom discussions at the Adair County Extension office in Greenfield. Following a working lunch, the afternoon portion will feature activities at local farms.

Grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Beef Center, the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, and NRCS help keep the series cost low at $75. Participants are urged to attend all sessions, but fees for individual sessions are available. The fee includes a meal and educational materials for each session.

Producers are asked to register by May 21 by contacting Kathy Rohrig at the Adams County Extension Office by phone at 641-322-3184 or by email at [email protected]. Registration fees can be mailed to the office at 154 Public Square, Suite C, Greenfield, IA 50849. For more information on the series, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or by email at [email protected], or Sprague by phone at 641-782-4218 or by email at [email protected].

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