BLOOMFIELD, Iowa – Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Greenhorn Grazing series at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Davis County office this summer and fall. Extension beef specialist Chris Clark said the series has been a popular management course for producers over the years.
“This five-part series will cover numerous concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock. Topics will include managing grass growth and plant diversity, watering alternatives for grazing systems, weed and brush control and optimizing winter grazing,” Clark said. “We have a solid base curriculum and can tailor the program a bit to meet interests and needs of participants. I hope to have several guest speakers and most sessions will include some sort of pasture walk.”
Clark will lead the program with contributions from several ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and industry representatives.
“The Greenhorn Grazing series was developed to deliver timely materials and hands-on learning for producers interested in improving their forage management systems on their farms,” Clark said. “Producers will learn about improving productivity and be able to try their hand at pasture condition scoring and forage assessment.”
Individual workshops are scheduled for June 26, July 10, July 31, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13 at the Davis County Extension Office, 402 East North Street, Bloomfield. All begin at 5 p.m. and are expected to conclude at 9 p.m. The registration fee of $50 includes all five meetings, meals and resource guide. People are urged to register for and attend all sessions, but can attend individual sessions for $15 each. This fee includes the meeting, meal and a resource guide.
Preregister by June 21 by calling the Davis County Extension Office at 641-664-2730 or by contacting Clark directly at 712-250-0070 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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