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Grazing Workshop Planned March 10 in Jefferson

Management-intensive grazing workshop set.

Town and Country Resource Conservation and Development council is holding a management-intensive grazing workshop, 10:30 am to 4 pm, March 10, at UW Extension, Jefferson County Office, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson.

Jim Gerrish, the grazing expert who coined the term management-intensive grazing in his book, Management-intensive Grazing, The Grassroots of Grass Farming, will be giving three presentations.

  • Management-intensive Grazing Basics: Grazing with Sunlight, Water and Soil, 11:00 am
  • Grazing Alfalfa Effectively and Safely, 11:30 a.m.
  • Producing Pasture Finishing Beef, 2 p.m.

The workshop will conclude with a group discussion on grazing. New farmers, farmers who are new to grazing and experienced graziers are encouraged to attend.

The $20 registration includes lunch, which features grass-fed beef and other locally sourced and prepared foods. Register online at www.townandcountryrcd.org or call 414-774-6562 to register. For information about the workshop, contact, Peter G. Pitts at 920-541-3208 or petergpitts@townandcountryrcd.org .

Gerrish's experience includes over 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided foundation for many of the basic principles of management-intensive grazing.

Gerrish is a contributing editor of Beef magazine and writes a column for the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine. For more information about Gerrish go to www.americangrazinglands.com.

In addition to the Town and Country workshop, Gerrish is presentating at seven other grazing workshops throughout Wisconsin in March. For information on the other workshops go to www.americangrazinglands.com/Events.htm.  

Partial funding for the workshop is provided through the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Grant awarded to Town and Country by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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