A series of management intensive grazing schools is offered around Wisconsin over the next several months. The Wisconsin Grazing Schools are designed to teach producers the basics of management-intensive grazing with a hands-on approach.

The two-day workshops will provide opportunities for in-depth discussions and field exercises covering both agronomic and livestock topics related to grazing and dairy and livestock production on pastures. Topics include pasture species selection and management, fencing and watering systems, animal health on pasture, animal nutrition, pasture improvement techniques and economics of pasturing systems. Producers will have the opportunity to network with producers already using Management intensive grazing as well as University and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service grazing experts.

Management intensive grazing is based on four key factors:

  • Meeting the nutrient requirements of the grazing animal.
  • Optimizing forage yield, quality, and persistence.
  • Environmental stewardship.
  • Integrating knowledge and technology into a practical and profitable management system.

Cost for the school is $75 per person, which includes reference materials and meals. A second person from the same farm can register for $35. Dates, locations and registration deadlines are:

  • June 20-21 in Black River Falls. Registration deadline: June 14
  • July 18-19 in Abbotsford. Registration deadline: July 11
  • Aug. 23-24 in Rice Lake. Registration deadline: Aug. 18
  • Sept. 12-13 in Fond du Lac. Registration deadline: Sept. 5

For more information, contact: Dennis Cosgrove, UW-River Falls, 410 S. Third Street, River Falls, WI 54022, (715) 425-3345. Or email: dennis.r.cosgrove@uwrf.edu.

 

Source: University of Wisconsin