If you're into intensive grazing, raising hay or raising forage, you should circle Jan. 20 on your calendar. The Heart of America Grazing Conference, which rotates around the U.S., comes to Columbus, Ind.
Keith Johnson, Purdue University Extension forage specialist, says it's a great opportunity to hear and see the latest in grazing techniques and results.
The conference will be held January 20 at the Clarion Hotel in Columbus, Indiana. It runs through Jan. 21.
You can visit the Indiana Forage Council Website for pricing and registration. To guarantee you will have meals at the conference, register by Jan. 13.
Dave Nuhring, a southeast Indiana beef producer who also sells supplies for rotational grazing will discuss grazing systems in general, and discuss which options fit best in certain situations.
John Andrae from Clemson University will talk about how type of forage affects animal performance and even carcass quality. John Jennings from the University of Arkansas will explain his tips to getting 300 days of forage during the year.
The second big event for those interested in grazing is the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference, slated for Feb. 5 in the Simon J. Graber building in Odon. The program begins at 7 a.m. with registration and runs through 4 p.m. You can register for $30 before Jan. 24. To register, call the Washington County SWCD at 812-354-4780, extension 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program features two nationally known speakers presenting the bulk of the program, Jim Garish is an independent grazing land consultant. He lives in Idaho and works with ranchers and grazers across the U.S.
Kathy Voth invented a method for cows to eat weeds. She has 12 years of experience with the Bureau of Land Management. She will bring a different approach to the event.