One of the highest input costs for a cattle operation is meeting daily cattle nutrient needs. One way to reduce the cost is to increase grazing forage consumption and reduce grain-based supplements.
Two ways to do that include increasing forage growth and utilization efficiency, as well as forage quality consumed.
“You may ask how do I do this, and the answer is management intensive grazing,” says Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension regional livestock field specialist.
MU Extension agriculture specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service employees and Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts work together to educate the public on using MiG in their cattle operation through regional grazing schools.
“These schools provide classroom instruction and hands-on farm demonstrations to educate cattle producers on using MiG to improve grazing management and profit potential of their cattle operation,” Davis says.
Furthermore, school attendees are eligible for county SWCD cost share or NRCS cost share through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to implement a MiG system.
Upcoming regional grazing schools include:
- May 9-10. First Baptist Church, Osceola, Mo. Fee, which includes meals and materials, is $130 per person or $150 per couple sharing materials. For registration and more information, call the St. Clair County SWCD office at 417-646-8108, ext. 3.
- May 14-16. Vernon County Fairgrounds home economics building, Nevada, Mo. Fee, which includes meals and materials, is $130 per person or $150 per couple sharing materials. To register or for more information, call the Vernon County SWCD office at 417-667-8137, ext. 3.
These schools have limits on the number of attendees, so those who are interested should contact the offices as soon as possible. To receive cost share benefits, you need to attend one school.
For information on cattle and pasture management, contact your local MU Extension agronomy or livestock field specialist or visit https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.