A new video series produced by Ohio State University educators offers livestock producers detailed information about a wide variety of grazing management techniques taught by OSU Extension livestock and forage experts.
The videos, which were produced this spring as part of OSU Extension's “Pastures for Profit” grazing school, offer an in-depth look at ways livestock producers can improve their management of their pastures, said Jeff McCutcheon, an OSU Extension educator.
"We’ve been offering these classes since 1994, but this is the first time we’ve recorded them and are offering access to the videos free online,” he said. “Producers can always improve the efficiencies of their land resources and forages.”
The videos offer instruction on some of the basic considerations of grazing systems, from fence and water set-up and how it impacts plant growth, to pasture layout and design, to forage species selection and alternatives, McCutcheon said.
“Produced by the OSU Extension Forage Team, the curriculum setup allows people to mix and match different parts of the videos for their own needs,” he said.
“Pastures for Profit” is a comprehensive management intensive grazing school offered annually throughout Ohio by the OSU Extension Forage Team. The Team consists of members from OSU Extension, the OSU Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The series of eight videos, recorded in April during a grazing school, offers information and techniques that can help new and veteran livestock producers, McCutcheon said.
“Sometimes people like to refresh their knowledge and to pick up new things,” he said. “The goals are to teach grazing management and have farmers apply the principles to their operations.”
The eight, 30- to 45-minute presentations can be viewed at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/topics/agriculture-and-natural-resources/news/find-recent-grazing-school-presentations-on-line-here