2002 Pasture Walk Series

Russ Bredahl, beef forage field specialist

Situation

In spite of the fact that well-managed pastures produce more feed for grazing livestock and offer more cover to prevent soil erosion, few southwest Iowa farmers are using the agronomic, animal science, and engineering resources that are available to enhance the profitability of pasture land.

Response

County extension education directors in the southwest Iowa extension area identified pasture management as a high-priority educational need. They identified 32 well-respected farmers that had implemented innovative pasture management practices and were enthusiastic and fluent when describing these practices. Based on farm visits and location within the extension area, the list of 32 was narrowed to five that were chosen to host pasture walks. The pasture walks were scheduled throughout the 2002 growing season.

Impact
Participants heard about and saw the following pasture management practices that had been implemented in real-life situations:


A total of 179 people participated in one or more of the pasture walks.

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