Spring Grazing Conference

A Spring Grazing conference will be held Thursday, March 29th, 2018 from 9pm – 3:30pm, at the Randolph Community center (248 West Stroud St, Randolph, WI).

Grazing livestock can be a productive and cost effective way for farmers to feed their livestock. However, to ensure adequate feed supply during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, pastures need to be managed and cared for just like the livestock who graze them.

UW-Extension Dodge and Columbia counties are co-hosting the event.  It will focus on some of the most important considerations of grazing.

Topics include:

  • Pasture Management 101 – Amanda Young, UWEX Dodge County Dairy and Livestock Educator
  • Keeping your Pasture Healthy – Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, UWEX Dodge County Crops and Soils Educator
  • Seed Selection for Pasture Improvement – Brendon Blank, Brendon Blank Seed
  • Grazing Cover Crops – Jeff Gaska, Cash farmer and beef producer
  • Small Ruminant Grazing – Gene Schiefer, UWEX Iowa County Agricultural Agent
  • Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship – Laura Paine, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program Director
  • The business of Grazing – Using SMART goals! – George Koepp, UWEX Columbia County Agricultural Agent

Whether you are an established livestock grazer, a beginning grazer or just thinking about starting a grazing program, the conference offers something for every level of livestock producer.

The conference fee will be $20 per person which includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is requested. Registrations after March 22 will be charged and additional $10 late fee.

Pre- register with the Columbia County UW Extension Office at 608-742-9680 by March 22.

For more information contact George Koepp at the Columbia County UWEX office (608-742-9680) or Amanda Young at the Dodge county UWEX office (920-386-3790).

The flyer and form may be printed off at this link.

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