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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

July 20, 2021

Field Day to Highlight Year-Round Grazing System

Submitted by Melissa Harvey

Goering Farms will host a field day event on Thursday, July 29, featuring methods to convert traditional cropland to a year-round grazing system.

This in-person event will take place at the Goering farm in McPherson and will feature live demonstrations and experts speaking on a variety of subjects, including alternative livestock watering systems and electric fencing options.

“These best management practices mean that producers can move to non-confined feeding sites for their livestock, which can help keep bacteria and nutrients out of the waterways,” said Ron Graber, KSRE Watershed Specialist and coordinator of the Little Arkansas River Watershed WRAPS program. Those who attend the field day will have opportunities to ask questions and get advice about how they can apply these techniques in their own operations.

Additional topics on the agenda include using solar panels on livestock waterers, advice on grazing annuals and how producers can access cost-share programs through WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies) programs.

The program begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and lunch will be provided. More information, including registration, is available online from the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment.