University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school in Wheatland

Examining pasture forage.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored in Wheatland by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The management-intensive grazing school is May 29-June 1 based at the First State Bank Conference Center. There will be hands-on applications of the concepts at a sub-irrigated site near Wheatland.

Participants will learn how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and resource health.

Author Jim Gerrish, who manages a grazing operation near May, Idaho, and is a contributing writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer, will lead the school, said Dallas Mount, extension educator in Wheatland.

“The difference between high-profit and low-profit cow-calf operations can usually come down to the amount of harvested feed the operation uses,” said Mount. “I’m very excited Jim will be coming back to Wheatland to lead this school. There is no one with more practical experience and knowledge about management-intensive grazing than Jim.”

Last year’s school – the first of its type in Wyoming – had great results, said Mount. Cost is $300 per person or $500 for two from the same operation. The fee includes noon and evening meals and all materials.

“Last year’s school had 30 participants from four states,” said Mount. “All the participants reported that the school was well worth their investment of time and money to attend.”

Other sponsors are UNL Extension, Southeast Wyoming Resource Conservation and Development Council and the Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team.

For more information, contact your local extension office or Dallas Mount at 307-322-3667.  A full brochure and registration details are available at http://plattecountyextension.com  Registration deadline is May 18.

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