The kids have gone back to school, and now it is time for livestock producers. It is time to learn the latest in managed grazing systems by attending a grazing school.
Many livestock producers have developed managed grazing systems over the years, but interest in this forage management strategy continues.
There are many advantages to managed grazing, and there is sound science behind why these strategies are effective. Additionally, new fencing and watering systems have been developed that ease the burden of moving livestock from place to place.
The University of Missouri, along with USDA and local partners, has been instrumental in developing and conducting grazing schools throughout Missouri for many years. The purpose of these schools is to teach the biology of why managed grazing systems work, showcase fencing and watering equipment designed for use in grazing systems, explore the economics of operating a managed grazing system, and assist producers with the design and operation of a managed grazing system.
The information presented at the schools is designed to help producers understand how to better manage their pasture and forage resources. Attendance at an approved grazing school is required for cost-share assistance for a managed grazing system through local soil and water conservation district (SWCD) offices. However, producers who want to learn more about managed grazing systems or those who would like a refresher course are invited and encouraged to attend.
Two grazing schools have been scheduled in upcoming weeks in central Missouri.
• Sept. 13-14: Lincoln, Mo.
• Sept. 20-21: California, Mo.
For more details or to register for the school in Lincoln, Mo., call the Benton County, Mo., SWCD office at 660-547-2353. Contact the Moniteau County, Mo., SWCD office at 573-796-2010 for more information about the school in California, Mo.
Source: Missouri Forage and Grassland Council