OLATHE, Kan. — Rotational grazing is one way in which cattle producers can use rangeland and forages as efficiently as possible. That’s one of the topics that will be discussed at the third annual Eastern Kansas Grazing School planned for Sept. 11 – 12 in Ottawa, Kan.
The event, hosted by K-State Research and Extension, will be at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm St. and area pastures. It will feature presentations by K-State Research and Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and private industry, including:
* Mark Green, NRCS based in Missouri, and Wesley Tucker, agricultural economist with University of Missouri extension, will share their experiences;
* Dale Strickler with Star Seed, Inc., will present information on complimentary forages and share his experiences with rotational grazing;
* Doug Shoup, K-State Research and Extension southeast area extension agronomist will address the basics of grass growth;
* Jaymelynn Farney, SE area extension animal scientist, will discuss animal behavior and interaction as they graze;
* David Kraft, NRCS state rangeland management specialist will present “The Art and Science of Grazing” and along with Doug Spencer, NRCS rangeland conservationist, will conduct a hands-on pasture allocation exercise; and
* A fencing demonstration will highlight advances in electrified fences.
Registration for the grazing school, which is designed for adult learners, is $50 for the first person from a farm or ranch, with additional persons from the same farm or ranch at $25 each. Registration includes snacks, meals and proceedings. Checks should be made payable and sent to the Frontier Extension District, 128 West 15th Street, Lyndon, Kan., 66451.
More information is available by contacting Rod Schaub, Natural Resources and Extension agent in the Frontier Extension District, at rschaub@ksu.edu or 785-828- 4438.