OSU Extension, NRC to Discuss Forages and Pasture Management at 3-Day Grazing School
JACKSON, Ohio – Farmers and
producers interested in learning more about how to improve forage and pasture
management after a drought, including an in-depth look at fence and livestock
watering systems, can participate in a discussion of the issues by experts from
Ohio State University Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service during
a Grazing School Dec. 4, 6 and 8 at the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Jackson
Agricultural Research Station.
The grazing school kicks off
Dec. 4 with an introduction to the Jackson Agricultural Research Station by
Kenny Wells, who manages the station, as well as presentations on
management-intensive grazing, resource evaluation, understanding plant growth
and grazing economics.
will also get to see hands-on demonstrations of production practices by OARDC
experts, including different types of water devices, temporary polywire fencing
to allow strip grazing of forages, and the use of different forage types,”
Wells said. “The information is especially relevant this year for producers
looking to mitigate forage drought losses.”
Other topics to be covered
include: Forage Species Selection; Grazing Systems and Contingency Plans for
the Good, Bad and Ugly; Paddock Layout and Design; and Pasture Soil Fertility. The
event runs Dec. 4 and 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The school will also include
a farm visit to view grazing management practices, including fence and
livestock watering systems in the field at OARDC’s Jackson Agricultural
Registration for the event is $30, which includes the three-day
program, refreshments and a handbook. For more
information, participants may contact the Jackson Soil
and Water Conservation District at 740-286-5208 or the Vinton
Soil and Water Conservation District at 740-596-5676.
Registration is due Nov. 29.
Part of OARDC, the research station is located at 019 Standpipe Road in Jackson.
For those who can’t attend the Dec. 4, 6, and 8 event, future
grazing schools will be held beginning in March.
They include: Mt. Hope on March 18, 25 and April 1, 2013; a joint Belmont,
Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties grazing school March 26, April 2 and 9; and
an offering in Tuscarawas County, also planned for March.