Eastern Kansas Grazing School, April 27-28

Rotation grazing is recognized as a way to utilize pastures and forages more efficiently.  A collaboration of experts from K-State Research and Extension and the Natural Resource Conservation Service are joining together to offer a two-day event.  2022 marks the 9th Eastern Kansas Grazing School.  This year’s school will be held April 27th and 28th at the Community Building in Princeton, at 1449 US Highway 59.  The event will highlight information presented both in the classroom and in nearby pastures. 

Bruno Pedreira, KSU Forage Agronomist, will be on the program to help producers better understand how forages and grasses grow.  He will discuss: plant needs and the importance of rest to a plant: interseeding legumes to improve pasture performance, and practices to maintain a productive pasture. 

Jaymelynn Farney, Kansas State University Beef Systems Specialist, will highlight the use of cover crops or alternative forages to fill production gaps of your primary forage.  She will also be on hand to discuss the importance of matching animal needs to forages that are available.

Doug Spencer, Kansas NRCS Range Specialist, will present the Art and Science of Grazing, lead a pasture allocation exercise at the farm, and will discuss Resource Inventory and Stocking Rates.

This year, the Grazing School will have a featured speaker, A. J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University Beef Extension Veterinarian.  Dr. Tarpoff will talk about the importance of Low Stress Cattle Handling and what to look for when designing a facility.  A demonstration utilizing a bud-box, designed by Kansas State University Ag Engineer, Dr. Joe Harner, will highlight low stress cattle handling.

Other topics to be presented during the school are watering systems, fencing systems, and brush control options.  The watering systems presentation will be on farm and various pumps using solar power will be shown and discussed.

The Grazing School is designed for adult learners and is limited to a maximum of 35 farms.  Registration is $50 for the first person from the farm or ranch, additional persons from the same farm is $25 each.  Registration includes snacks, lunch both days, and proceedings.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  

Registration

To register and pay online please go to: http://www.frontierdistrict.k-state.edu  or send your registration form and check to Frontier District Extension, PO Box 400, Lyndon, Kansas 66451. 

Questions may be directed to Rod Schaub, Frontier District Agent by calling 785.828.4438 or by email: rschaub@ksu.edu 

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