CHARITON, Iowa -- Livestock producers with an interest in beginning or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Greenhorn Grazing workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension. The Greenhorn Grazing short course consists of five day-long modules taught over a grazing season.
“Greenhorn Grazing is designed for graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system,” said Joe Sellers, ISU Extension livestock specialist. “Producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, increase market access and conserve natural resources will find the modules very informative.”
The course will cover concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock, whether it is beef, dairy, sheep or other animals, according to Sellers. Greenhorn Grazing will be held at the McNay Research Farm, located six miles southwest of the Chariton airport. Each workshop will have a classroom component with experienced instructors and a hands-on field component.
The workshops will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. and will last through supper. The sessions are scheduled for May 26, June 15, July 22, Sept. 14 and Oct. 26.
“Workshop topics covered by the instructors and during the associated field experiences will teach producers how to improve the productivity and use of their land,” said Sellers. “Training such as this removes some of the perceived barriers associated with entry into the grass-based livestock industry and supports perennial grassland agriculture.”
Cost of the short course is being largely offset by grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Beef Center and Dow AgroSciences. The course fee is $75; participants are urged to attend all sessions, but fees for individual sessions are available. Fees include a meal and workshop educational materials.
To register for the course contact the Lucas County Extension Office, 48293 HyVee Road, Chariton, IA 50049; for more details contact Joe Sellers at (641) 203-1270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Iowa Beef Center
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It serves as the university’s extension program to cattle producers and is comprised of faculty and staff from ISU Extension and the colleges of agriculture and life sciences and veterinary medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center’s members work to develop and deliver the latest in research based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about the Iowa Beef Center, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org or check out the IBC blog at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/iowabeef/.