Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gallia-Lawrence Grazing School

The Gallia-Lawrence County  Grazing School is scheduled for Wednesday night November 6, 2013 6:00 – 9:00, Thursday evening November 7, 2013 6:00 – 9:00 and Saturday morning November 9, 2013 9:00 – 12:00.  The Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, NRCS, and the Gallia and Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) will be hosting a Pasture Management Workshop/ Grazing School/ Pasture for Profit Program at the C. H. McKenzie Agriculture Building, 111 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631. 

The sessions will cover setting your goals and objectives, evaluating your resources, understanding plant growth, grazing economics, and forage species selection, conservation practices, developing contingency plans for drought and mud, soil pasture fertility, fencing and livestock watering systems.  When the landowners finish the course, they will have developed an assessment to complete a Grazing Management Plan for their operation.  The Grazing Management Plan will outline the conservation practices and management needed on your farm to improve forage production and animal performance in a way that also protects the environment.  This grazing management workshop is designed to help livestock producers improve their livestock operation and grazing management system.

Producers need to register by October 29, 2013 by contacting the Gallia County SWCD at 740-446-6173.  A registration fee of $10 will include materials, Pasture for Profit notebook, Pasture Stick, and refreshments. 

The program will provide valuable information in a fun atmosphere that can be used to ensure that the grazing operation on your farm is environmentally responsible as well as economically viable.  If you are a farmer or a person with an interest in grazing management-pasture ecosystems plan to attend.  The benefits from attending include additional points in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service  EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) ranking process, increased knowledge about forage plant growth, improvement of the environmental quality; cleaner air and water; healthier soil, plant and animals.  Learn ways to increase net profit for your farming operation.