University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock has organized the annual Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 20 – 21 at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL)building on the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia.
This two-day workshop will focus on soil fertility, forage crop establishment, plant growth, animal nutrient requirements, and management-intensive grazing. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings.
Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with farm visits. The first farm visit will be to the UGA Bull Evaluation Center for hands-on learning and demonstrations. Then, the group will visit Deep Grass Graziers, a grass-fed beef farm in Irwinville, Georgia, where intensive grazing management is practiced. Participants will also hear from George Owens, a North Florida cattlemen who has developed a silvopasture production system on his farm.
Cost of the two-day program is $150 for the first person from each farm and $75 per person for each additional person from a farm or family. Registration includes lunches, break snacks, dinner on the first night and a grazing school handbook. Registration is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the Grazing School, visit www.georgiaforages.com.
(Dennis Hancock serves Extension Forage Specialist for UGA Cooperative Extension.)
A herd of cattle graze in a research field on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.Download Image