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This popular course continues in 2014 at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm southwest of Chariton and local farm sites. Designed for beginning graziers and those producers wanting to upgrade their grazing systems, one of the five sessions will be part of the Gerrish series.
Topics include basics of grass management, soil types and choosing forage species for the site, water systems, using annual forage crop, fescue management, fencing, weed and brush management, getting more plant diversity and extending the grazing season.
Each class will include discussion both in the meeting room and out in the pasture. Dates are June 18, July 15, August 18 or 19 or 20 (this is the Gerrish series session), October 23 and November 18.
Participants are urged to attend all sessions, but fees for individual sessions are available. Cost is $80 for all five sessions, including a meal and workshop materials.
The cost of Greenhorn Grazing has been offset by grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Beef Center at ISU, the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee, AgriLabs, and Dow AgroSciences.
Directions to the farm: Go south 4 miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, then 2.5 miles east on a gravel road and turn north .25 mile. The headquarters is on the east side of the road.
See event flier [PDF] for topics that will be covered during each session.
News release [Iowa Beef Center website]