Livestock producers looking to enhance their grazing management skills should plan to attend one of four upcoming workshops held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach across Iowa. Guest speaker Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator from Wisconsin, will be at the September workshops to discuss balancing family life and raising livestock concepts for the next generation of graziers and those who are serious about sharpening their management skills.
"We are excited to have Laura Paine with us," says Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension in south-central Iowa. "She will offer our producers methods to positively impact pasture productivity with planned grazing and whole farm planning using sustainable land management practices."
You'll sharpen your skills by attending this workshop
Paine is currently program director for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a formalized, nationally accredited training program for beginning dairy farmers in Wisconsin. She has been involved in managed grazing in a variety of roles for more than 20 years, teaching and conducting research in livestock production and market development for grass-fed products for University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Paine and her husband use holistic management principles in managing their own grass-fed beef operation near Columbus, Wis.
"Serious graziers of cattle, dairy cows, sheep or other animals will be able to sharpen their grazing management skills at this workshop," says Sellers. This series was planned specifically for participants of previous ISU Extension sponsored grazing programs such as Greenhorn Grazing, Certified Graziers, the Iowa Grazing Series with Jim Gerrish and Grassroots Grazing, to build on their grazing skills.
September workshops dates, times and locations are:
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Madison County Fairgrounds–Jackson Building, 73 East Jefferson St., in Winterset
5:30–9 p.m., ISU McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, 45249 170th Ave., in Chariton
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 2606 West Burlington Ave., in Fairfield
5:30–9 p.m., start at Scott Whitney pasture at 5704 Caves Rd., Maquoketa; will move to Boyer Hall at Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa for meeting and dinner
Program agenda topics and speakers include:
"Update on Iowa Grazing and Beef Industry", with Joe Sellers or Denise Schwab, beef specialists with ISU Extension
"Striking a balance: Establishing and monitoring business and family goals", with Laura Paine, holistic management certified educator and director of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, Wisconsin
"2015 Grazing Season: Opportunities, Challenges and What Should We Change?" – local Iowa Certified Grazier producer panelists discussion
"Custom Grazing Partnership Models", with Joe Sellers or Denise Schwab
"Advocating for agriculture: Why we should all mentor the next generation", with Laura Paine
Pasture walk at a local farm (after lunch during day sessions and before dinner during evenings)
There is no charge to attend; however, lunch or dinner is provided depending on workshop time. To make reservations by Sept. 4, contact either Lucas County Extension office, 641-774-2016, or Joe Sellers, [email protected], 641-203-1270 or Denise Schwab at Benton County Extension, [email protected], 319-472-4739.
Serious Graziers Workshops are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension–Lucas County, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Forage and Grassland Council and by the North Central-Sustainable Ag Research & Education (SARE) program, which is funded by USDA—National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or USDA.
Related links: Iowa Beef Center – www.iowabeefcenter.org/. The Iowa Beef Center at ISU 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 & Life Sciences and ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. IBC works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.
Related publications: Grazing Publications from ISU Extension and Outreach – store.extension.iastate.edu/ProductList?Keyword=grazing.