Who Should Attend?
Any grazer who wants to take their grazing to the next level. This course will examine beef, dairy, small ruminant, pastured pig, and pastured poultry grazing & foraging. Woodland grazing/foraging will also be featured. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized.
This is a power-packed three days that will change your perspective on what grazing should be and can be. Taught by highly experienced and expert grazers.
Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.
What You Will Learn:
Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
Multi-species Grazing Strategies
Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
Economics and Finances of Grazing: Using Decision Calculators Effectively
How To Lay Out Practical and Flexible Grazing Plans
Planning for drought
Managing wet pastures (heavy precipitation)
When and how to begin grazing in the spring
Setting up the "grazing wedge" & developing a forage chain
Determining paddock size
Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use
Grazing alternative forages - corn stalk residue, cover crops
Using Financial decision calculators and developing cash flow projections
Water systems - wells, surface water, pipelines, pumps, etc.
Fence systems - permanent and portable/temporary. How an energized fence works. Energized fence troubleshooting.
Hands-on fence construction. Opportunity to try various portable energized fence materials.
Hands-on waterline repair exercise.
When do I graze a paddock? How much rest? How does grass develop?
Paddock construction and layout
Minimum paddock number
“Before & After” grazing observation and evaluation.
Soil health evaluation - infiltration, earthworm counts, sniff test, soil aggregate observation, shovel test
Grazing riparian areas for ecological stability
Effectively and efficiently incorporate shade
What role do supplements/minerals play in a grazing program
Considerations for grass tetany, bloat, nitrates, poisonous plants
Should I soil test? What test(s) should I use? Should I fertilize?
Should I plant perennial forages? What should I plant? Can I afford to plant cropland to forages? Can I convert cropland to pasture?
Managing Pastures after a long history of continuous overgrazing.
Economics of managed pastures vs. cropland or unmanaged pastures.
What are "weeds" and how do I manage them?
"Flerd" grazing (mixed species herds)
Techniques for increasing animal impact within a paddock.
Marketing & Sales Skills
Stacked Enterprises: Planning, coordinating, implementing