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LC Logo Iowa Grazing Workshops with Jim Gerrish

Date: Monday, August 18th, 2014 to Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Location: Various locations throughout Iowa

Contact: Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach, (641) 203‐1270, sellers@iastate.edu

Get A recap and handouts from the Gerrish events  [Iowa Beef Center website]

Article about event in September 2014 Wallaces Farmer [PDF]

Margaret Dunn, former Livestock Coordinator at PFI, also summarizes this event [PFI blog]

Nationally known grazing consultant Jim Gerrish will conduct 5 workshops in Iowa August 18-22. Gerrish co-founded the popular three-day grazing management workshop at the Unviersity of Missouri, a program that rose to national prominence as a result of Gerrish's research on plant-soil-animal interactions and the basics of management-intensive grazing.

Please Note: This series consists of five separate events, one each day, at locations across Iowa. Events are open to the public, but pre-registration is required, along with an event fee for each individual event.

  • August 18 - 10:30 a.m. program/llunch at the McNay Farm, Chariton; 5 p.m. pasture walk/barbecue, Jeff Lutz farm, Powersville, Missouri
  • August 19 - 10 a.m. pasture walk, Dan Hostetler FArm, Grand River; program/lunch at Clarke County Fairgrounds, Osceola; 5 p.m. pasture walk/barbecue, Justin Rowe farm
  • August 20 - 1 p.m. program at Maxwell Community Center, Maxwell; 4:30 p.m. pasture walk/barbecue, Bruce Carney farm, Maxwell
  • August 21 - 9 a.m. pasture walk at John Schulte farm, Norway; 1 p.m. program/lunch at Jones County Extension office, 5 p.m. pasture walk/barbecue at Dave Lubben farm, Monticello
  • August 22 - 1 p.m. program at Lee County Extension office, Donnellson; 4:30 p.m. pasture walk/barbecue at Mark Hulsebus farm, Donnellson.

Each workshop will include classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farms. Topics include maintaining plant diversity to increase produciton and environmental benefits, using annual and perennial forage crops in teh system, and reducing cow costs with extended grazing. His experience encompasses more than 20 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach at the University of Missouri and 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri.

Sponsors of this series are the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the North Central SARE program, the Leopold Center, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee.

Registration is $40 public, $20 for graduates of the Certified Grazier program or members of the IFGC, ICA and PFI. Registration at the door is an additional $10.

NOTE: The registration fee for attending one of these Gerrish workshops is included for participants enrolled in the full 2014 Greenhorn Grazing program and the 2014 Certified Grazier program.

Related information

Event flier [PDF]

News release about this series