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IBC sets August grazing workshops

By Staff | Aug 6, 2014

MAXWELL – Five workshops and pasture walks, featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish, will be held in different locations across Iowa in August, including one within the Farm News coverage area.

That event is set for 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Maxwell Community Center in Maxwell. A pasture walk and barbecue will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Bruce Carney farm in rural Maxwell.

Registration is $40 for the public or $20 for current Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association or Practical Farmers of Iowamembers.

Fees are payable to Lucas County Extension or to the local site coordinator prior to Aug. 15.

Attendees do not pre-register and are paying at the door will be charged an additional $10 per person.

The Gerrish grazing class is included in the 2014 Greenhorn Grazing and Certified Grazier registration fees, so there is no added cost for registered participants in those courses.

For more information, visit the Leopold Center’s online event listing: www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/calendar/2014-08-18/iowa-grazing-workshops-jim-gerrish.

Each event will include maintaining plan diversity to increase production and environmental benefits, using annual and perennial forage crops in a grazing system, and reducing cow costs with extended grazing.

Each local meeting also will include brief updates from the Iowa Beef Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association staff on current Iowa forage and beef production topics.

Jim Gerrish’s experience includes more than 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach, while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on their family farm in northern Missouri.

The University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research.

His research encompassed several aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides the foundation for the basic principles of management-intensive grazing.

Gerrish was co-founder of the three-day grazing management workshop program at FSRC.

These schools were attended by more than 3,000 producers and educators from 39 states and four Canadian provinces from 1990 through 2003.

At least 16 other states have conducted grazing workshops based on the Missouri model.

The other four Iowa workshops’ dates and locations are:

A). 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 in Chariton.

B). 10 a.m. on Aug. 19 in Grand River.

C). 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 in Norway.

D). 1 p.m. on Aug. 22 in Donnellson.

Other sponsors of this series include the Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension, the North Central SARE program, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricultureand the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee.

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