MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Livestock producers who want to learn about optimizing forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Pasture and Grazing Management series at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Marshall County office this summer and fall.
Chris Clark, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, 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 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 16, July 7, July 28, Aug. 4 and Oct. 27 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Marshall County office, 2608 S. 2nd St. Suite E, Marshalltown. All begin at 5 p.m. and are expected to conclude by 9 p.m.
The registration fee of $50 includes all five meetings, meals and the resource guide. Participants are urged to register for and attend all sessions, but can attend individual sessions for $15 each. That fee includes the meeting, meal and a resource guide.
Those interested are asked to preregister by June 11 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Marshall County office at 641-752-1551, or by contacting Clark directly at 712-250-0070, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Iowa Beef Center, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.
Shareable photo: Beef cattle grazing on pasture.