Dan Morrical, Faculty, Animal Science Department
Beef producers have received financial incentives via cost share to improve their grazing systems. Shortage and or cost of grazing acres has been identified in producer surveys as an impediment to the cow calf industry in Iowa. This program was developed and conducted in cooperation with the NRCS.
The objective of this education program was to advance the knowledge of beef cow producers in operating and managing their grazing systems.
Eight pasture management educational sessions were held through out the state in 2005 and again in 2006. These programs were jointly planned and conducted by Iowa State University Extension and NRCS grazing specialists. These sessions were targeted at producers who had received cost share emphasizing advanced grazing skills. As part of the output a grazing notebook of various print resources was assimilated to provide additional education transfer following the meetings.
Over the two years this program was conducted over 400 producers received 5 hours of educational programming to improve their grazing systems. Risk management under drought and excessively wet conditions was a focus that connected this program to the RMA grant of the Iowa Beef Center. An additional benefit was the synergy of Iowa State Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service working together for the good of Iowa Cow Calf Producers.
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