Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meigs County Grazing School

The Meigs County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council and NRCS  will be hosting a Pasture Management Workshop/ Grazing School/ Pasture for Profit Program at the Kountry Resort Campground located at 44705 Resort Road, Racine, Ohio 45771.  The Grazing School will be Tuesday October 29 and Thursday October 31, 2013 6:00 to 9:00 pm concluding Saturday November 2, 2013 starting at 9:00AM and ending at noon.  Saturday will be an outside pasture walk and farm visit.

The sessions will cover setting your goals and objectives, evaluating your resources, understanding plant growth, grazing economic, and forage species selection, developing contingency plans for drought, mud and deep snow, soil pasture fertility, fencing and livestock watering systems. 
Producers can register by contacting the Meigs County SWCD office at 740-992-4282, or email steve.jenkins@oh.nacdnet.net.  A registration fee of $40 per farm will include materials, Pasture for Profit notebook, Pasture Stick, and refreshments.  Additional registrants from the same farm are only $10. 

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.