The 2011 Greenhorn Grazing series offered in the Corning area of southwest Iowa has three segments remaining. Organizer Joe Sellers says that while these individual classes will build on the sessions held in May and June, the topics also will be of interest to new participants. Sessions are set for Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Nov. 15 starting at 10 a.m. each date. Fee is $15 per person for each session including lunch.
Sellers, who is an Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, says the August session features presentations on fencing and watering technologies, mineral supplementation and forage quality. A pasture walk will include display and demonstration of electric fencing and watering options.
"The September session will provide information on a wide variety of areas and a local grazing systems tour," says Sellers. "Topics include fence laws, pasture leasing, planning for stockpiled grazing, grassland management for wildlife habitat, and weed and brush control."
Sessions provide practical information on various grazing topics
Both of these sessions (Aug. 25 and Sept. 15) will begin at St Patrick's Catholic Church Hall, 607 6th St., in Corning, Iowa, and conclude with a pasture tour. The final session on Nov. 15 will cover stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing and winter feeding strategies, and will be held at the Jim and Ann Werner farm near Diagonal, says Sellers.
The Greenhorn Grazing Series is sponsored by ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU, and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee. For more information about these southwest Iowa Greenhorn Grazing sessions, 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].
The Iowa Beef Center was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.