Farmers interested in switching to rotational grazing or just starting out in grazing should plan to attend one of the Wisconsin Grazing Schools which will be held around the state over the next several months. The Wisconsin Grazing Schools are designed to teach producers, educators and agency staff the basics of management-intensive grazing with a hands-on approach.
The two-day workshops will provide opportunities for in-depth discussions and field exercises covering both agronomic and livestock topics related to grazing and dairy and livestock production on pastures. Topics include pasture species selection and management, fencing and watering systems, animal health on pasture, animal nutrition, pasture improvement techniques and economics of pasturing systems. Producers will have the opportunity to network with producers already using Management intensive grazing as well as University and USDA-NRCS experts in grazing.
The cost for the school is $75 per person, which includes reference materials and meals during the school. A second person from the same farm can register for $35. Dates, locations and registration deadlines are:
* May 15-16 in River Falls. Registration deadline - May 7
* June 26-27 in East Troy. Registration deadline - June 18
* July 24-25 in Neillsville. Registration deadline - July 16
A fourth workshop will be held in Ashland at a date yet to be determined.
For more information or to sign-up, call 715-425-3345.