August 4, 2015
Eastern Kansas Grazing School Coming to Iola, Kansas
Submitted by Christopher Petty
The annual Eastern Kansas Grazing School will be on September 9th and 10th, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with registration at the Allen County Fairgrounds, located at Riverside Park on South State Street, and with hands-on exercises at the host location on the Allen County Community College Farm, located at 1876 1400 St., Iola, KS 66749.
A collaboration of speakers from K-State Research & Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and University of Missouri Extension will present on several timely topics related to rotational grazing and the implementation of Management Intensive Grazing (MiG). Topics to be covered may include: Grazing Arithmetic, Pasture Watering Resources, Fencing for Rotational Grazing, Matching Animal Needs to Pasture Production, and an overview of a Crabgrass and Teff Research Plot.
Several of the discussions will involve in pasture hands-on learning opportunities, including determining forage availability, and allocating pastures. The fencing and watering discussions will include time for attendees to view and evaluate different types of equipment to determine if they could be used in their operations.
Adult learners are the target audience for the Grazing School. Registration is $50 for the first person from a farm or ranch, and includes proceedings, snacks, and three meals. Extra persons from the same operation are an additional $25 each which includes snacks and three meals. Registration will be limited to 35 farms on a first-come basis. Send registration information by August 31 to Southwind Extension District, P.O. Box 845, Iola, KS 66749-0845. A printable registration form and flier is available at www.southwind.ksu.edu. Questions may be directed to Chris Petty, Southwind Extension District Agent, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 620-223-3720.